superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/30/2012. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, mango, orange zest, pineapple, toast, pine, roasted malt, light char, grass, floral, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with a great hop profile and solid roasted malt backbone. Taste of big dark roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, light char, pineapple, toast, floral, grass, and piney spiciness. Nice amount of pine and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, toast, pineapple, roasted malt, light char, coffee, pine, floral, grass, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and hop complexity; with a nice roasted malt backbone that is well balanced with the hop flavors; almost zero cloying flavors are present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming present on the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA! Great hop flavor profile and balance with roasted malts; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.
Mark_Eck (686) - - JUN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown. Aroma is dark fruits and malts. Taste is similar to aroma with a bitter finish.
Dfonorow (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is black with a thin off-white head. Aroma of dark malt, roasted wood, caramel, and spruce tree. Flavor is a bit more bitter - coffee, smoked malt, with a hop finish.
tectactoe (1858) - Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: Deep, deep brown, black in the middle. Thick, light-tan head foams up with nice staying power. Aroma of heavy pines, resins, & dank hop oils up front with just a mild touch of roast back-end. Light char, bitter citrus peel. More pine needles, oily hop resin, & mild hemp in the flavor. Touch of dank; bitter, but not overly abrasive. Mid-palate, the hops settle & malt shows up, lightly toasted & caramely with subtle roast & dry cocoa powder. Very lightly sticky finish, lingering citrus peels & faint roasted malt. Overall, a very solid & tasty black IPA.
TheBear11D (239) - Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bludgeon Yer Eye pours a dark brownish plumb with a light tan brown head that lasts a good while. The aroma is floral, raisin and with a bit of cheese. The flavor is raisin, earthy and some cheese. Overall this is a pretty good brew.
salvaticas (437) - - APR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Ashley's. Pours a dark black, but with hops and citrus on the nose. Nice flavor but a bit of an unfinished bitter back end.
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shaverandrew15 (7) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing IPA. Super floral. Not huge on black iPA’s but this was great. Not too roasty, great IPA bitterness
ColovianTrader (281) - - APR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great smelling beer. Sweet and floral. Flavors start with malts. Caramel, toffee and unsweetened chocolate. Finish is all hops. Floral, with undertones of citrus peel, oranges and some spice. Hints of toasted grains.
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. deep brown with small head. interesting take on the black ipa style. sweet malty base with dark fruit. big hops.
blklab2007 (1964) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a deep brown color with a coating of tan head that retained a ring on the glass. Aroma has punchy hops, citrus, resins, underlying chocolate, and dark malts. Mouth feel is average and the carbonation medium low. Flavor has plenty of both malt and hops. Dark malts, resins, citrus, chocolate, creeping bitterness, and a hit of underlying sweetness.
Clownoisseur (212) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown, almost with a purple hue, Looks like root beer. Low to medium carbonation. Minimal off-white head. Diminishes quick into a thin ring of lacing around the glass. Smells of bitter hops, sweet malts, dark fruits, wine-like at times. Tastes bitter with roasty malt undertones. Some sweetness sneaks in...pine...citrus...very nice. Finishes big and bitter. Lingers a while but enjoyable.