slowrunner77 (6728) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"khaki head that almost makes the beer look as if it’s on nitro. grapefuit, tropical notes, roasted black malt and chocolate. this is a "black ipa" done better than most, and was my surprise favorite of the night, with several good beers had. some in the style just seem to not mesh, flavor or aroma-wise. this one does. black ipa or hoppy stout...it nails it. very good, and of the top 5 SN beers i’ve had
ddemmingjr (760) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Winking Lizard Cask Conditioned Ale Fest 2011: pours blackish brown, minimal head. plenty of green fresh hops, roasted malts on the nose. fairly smooth and pleasant with distinct pine hop bitterness with toasted notes that follow.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap @ K&B. Pours a dark brownish black with thin off white lacing. Aroma is light sweet roast. Mouth feel is smooth with notes of tobacco, sweet malty roast, tree roots, and finishes with some mild bitter hops.
Dogbrick (9181) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask version at Winking Lizard’s 3rd Annual Real Ale Fest (03/26/11): Pours flat black with a medium thick and fluffy beige head that bubbles away steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops and roasted malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops flavor that has resiny and floral characteristics. Sweet roasty malt undertone as well. The finish is hoppy with a lingering toasted malt aftertaste. Good beer overall.
bhensonb (12149) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a creamy/clingy beige head. Aroma is very floral, almost perfumey to me. Unless that is me! There’s dark malt in the aroma. Med to full body. Flavor is rough dark malt, chocolate, a touch of anise, and I can imagine coffee. Lots of hop, but it’s hard to pin anything down except floral. It finishes bitter, and it is delicious.