That1Guy (1857) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 bottle crushed with Honkeybra. Pours pitch black with zero head. Pretty under-carbonated. Very dark malts make this incredibly astringent. Gets borderline ash tray. The dark malt overpowers the hops a bit too much. More like a hoppy stout than a Black IPA.
daknole (8348) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown pour, tan head. Way too malt forward for me. The hops are lost in a roasted malt and sweeter finish. Meh.
Clownoisseur (90) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an oily black, pretty opaque. Very thin butterscotch head. Medium to low carbonation. Hard to see the bubbles being so dark. Aromas of coffee, and roasted nut. Some hops creep in, giving an earthy undertone. Taste is very malt-forward, imo. Thick, oily coffee and roasted nut. A nice rich mouthfeel. Some bittering hops lend pine, earth, floral notes and a dash of spice to the moderately dry finish. Pretty decently done, but close to the the stout/porter end of the spectrum.
TheHOFF43 (1616) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black with no head and no carbonation. Aroma is roasted malts and piney hops. Taste is similar. No carbonation is not helping this beer.
michcam8 (262) - Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black. Little to no head. Aroma is of mostly roasted, chocolate malts. Not much, if any detection of hops. Taste is on the chocolate malty side, with some slight citrus hop coming though. Average beer. Nothing great, but not bad either.
ColovianTrader (161) - - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of malt upfront. Flavors of creamy dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee leading to citrus hops, orange, citrus peel, caramel and hints of toffee. Very well balanced and a great take on the style.
RespertFTW (464) - Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dense dark brown color with small khaki head. Malt shines through in aroma. Taste is a nice balance of everything involved here. Bitter, toasty, sweet.
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BlowOffTube (344) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour thin tan head. Roasted coffee aroma. Medium body Light carbonation. Some weird swirl of Oil in water type of look. Lots of roasty flavors with some pine and citrus notes. Lots of hops. Somewhat dry finish.
SpongeRuiner (532) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to tectactoe. A big dark fruit hoppy aroma. Nice piney hop flavor. Really drinkable. Good stuff.
HisBoyElroy (397) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good Black IPA. One of the few that I really enjoyed. Gotta love Shorts. Would like to have another.