BlowOffTube (501) - 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 (884) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015 Thanks to tectactoe. A big dark fruit hoppy aroma. Nice piney hop flavor. Really drinkable. Good stuff.
Evolutionary (343) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Oxford beer store. Dark as ink and thick milky malt nose. A smooth sweeter licorice like taste up front with some mild hop to follow. Once you go black you never go back......
---Rated via my mouth
tectactoe (3000) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2014 Bottle: Deep shade of black, no real color being pulled from the body with a light-tan head, possibly a bit lighter than I’d expect from the jet-black base. Aroma has notes of toasted, almost burnt caramel malts, deep roast, & some mild, buried cocoa powder. Heavy hoppage on the nose as well; pine needs, light floral notes, mild dankness, & some bitter citrus peel during the latter half of the brew. Hops are even more pungent in the flavor; notes of pine, oily resin, grapefruit rind, a hint of leafy, herbal citrus. Huge steel-y caramel & deeply roasted malt underbody with a touch of finishing ash. When I had this last year, I had a couple bottles that were a few months old... No problem. The hops are toned down just a touch & the roast & chocolate malt show up even more. It goes from a Black IPA to a hopped up porter. Either way, quite delicious. Love this stuff, big hit from Shorts.
alliance100 (912) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft Firkin at Logans Alley - Pours a dark brown, sudsy cream colored head. Some citrus and roast aromas. Taste is about the same . Very drinkable .
hopscotch (9963) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours ink-black with a small, creamy, beige head. Fantastic retention. The nose is a robust mingling of worn leather, dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses and burnt malt. Full-bodied and velvety with lazy carbonation. The flavor is reminiscent of many of Mikkeller’s imperial stouts - scorched malt bitterness, burnt grains, blackstrap molasses, charcoal, and above everything else - violently hopped. Normally that turns me off, but in this case it was what I was expecting and I was in the mood for it. Piney, resiny lupulin in both the aroma and flavor. Finishes burnt and bitter, but not at all dry. Well-done, boys! Bottle courtesy of FlandersNed!
weark (404) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - NOV 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Erzbierschof - Black color, creamy beige head almot brown, not lasting very long, small lacing on the glass - Dark chocolate, cocoa, resinous, citrusy, roasted malt withe hints of vanilla and soy sauce aroma - citrusy, roasted malt with hints of chocolate coffee and vanilla - medium/full body, good carbonation, high bitterness, oily, long roasted citrusy bitter finish - so good, intense hops profile, complex malt backbone. another one please
rand (1297) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from erzbierschof.ch. All black beer, short tan head nevertheless marking the glass. Roasted aromas, chocolate, coffee, citrus and pine. The taste is similar, rough, choclaty, enhanced by hops which fruity contrast with the roast. Grapefruit and resin hops, burnt malt, everything gets tangled in an acidic bitterness nor very subtl either digestible. Or when it’s too much !
madmitch76 (17158) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7th November 2013
Opaque dark brown - black beer. Good tan head. Palate is softish and airy. Nice dark malts with good dark chocolate, unsweet. A little cream. Hops are light pine with a whisper of citrus. Mild but juicy dark fruits. Finishes smooth with a malty bitter linger. Very tasty.
merc7186 (2442) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Head Ring, Decent Lacing
S: Dark Mildly Roasted Chocolate Malts, Bitter Coffee
T: Bitter Coffee, Piney, Dark Chocolate Malts
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Bitter
Overall, way too much coffee and chocolate flavor and not enough of the hop profile...but that is a personal preference, not to fault the beer.