hfmejias (825) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured dark brown almost black with a nice tan head with lots of lacing. Aroma of roasted malts combined with hops notes, pine, and resin. Very interesting taste, roasty and malty, combined with light hoppy notes. Enjoyable beer and certainly very interesting.
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with an averaged sized head. Chocolate, toasty, roast, pine, and citrus.
batneil (348) - - NOV 23, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Certainly black, but doesn’t taste much like an IPA. Despite this, it’s not a bad tasting beer.
StevieT (741) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Mild roasted aroma, very bitter coffee flavours up front that mellow to a fruity hop finish. Pretty good stuff.
LiMuBai (187) - - OCT 28, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Roasted chocolaty, citrus and pine aroma that pours a deep black, with a tan head. The flavor is full bodied with a distinct bitter/hoppy finish.
Sevenlee (1411) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is malt, roastiness, fruit, citrus and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a roasty and hoppy finish. Nice.
zvikar (3768) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks DSG. Pours brown to red with a nice beige head, aroma of chocolate, hops, tangerine, flavor is slightly roasted with coffee, tangerine and lemon, medium bodied.
Darkmagus82 (1830) - - OCT 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-23-14-
My second of the new brews sierra included in their IPA 12 pack
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown, nearly black, color with a huge billowy cream colored foamy head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of hop smells of a pine and earth with a hint of a citrus grapefruit. Along with the hop are some darker roasted malt aromas with chocolate the heaviest of them, but also containing some coffee and smoky smells. With a bit of a light fruity aroma of pear and orange in there as well, the aroma is actually a rather nice mix of hop, roast, and sweet.
Taste – The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor of a chocolate and coffee taste. Along with these flavors are some very light hop flavors of a more earthy nature. A decent level of sweetness is present from the start with some light fruit flavors and a tiny bit of caramel. As the flavor advances more roasted chocolate comes to the tongue which is accompanied by an increase in the hop flavors of the brew. A pine hop flavors grow quite potent toward the end and is joined by some other hop of a more grassy nature. With a bit more sweetness of a light fruit flavor coming to the tongue as well as a bit of a lessening of the coffee at the very end, one is left with a nice roasted, nicely bitter hopped and moderately sweet and smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the on the average side in terms of both thickness as well as in terms of its carbonation. The very midlevel carbonation and thickness are a good combination for balancing, but yet still supporting, the mix of dark, sweet, and hop in the brew and make for a nice drinking black IPA.
Overall –A rather enjoyable brew overall. A nice mix of hop, sweet and roast that creates a smooth and easy drinking style.
UDBeernut (1856) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark pour, khaki head. roasted malt and pine nose. taste follows with mosrate bitterness. medium body. right on style,to bad i hare this style.
ALLOVATE (2476) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At just on cool and into a snifter. A massive plume of off-white foam builds off the pour to reach a good half inch out the glass. Below the beer has deepest brown in the shallows but is otherwise black and opaque. There is rich, dark chocolate, cola soda and vanillin atop some of the strongest most stinging notes of pine needles I have yet to smell on the aroma. Roasted malt dominates this one. Dominant burnt malt notes, roasted barley, charred wood and dusty notes giving it a pasty, chalky feel. Medium to medium-light bodied with spritzy light carbonation. There is plenty of spice and pine in the finish with a medial bitterness more malt than hop. It comes together nicely. Quite rich as it warms further. Definitely sticks around, almost tarrish. A long way from other BIPA’s, this is delicious. Hefty, big, bold, malty and rounded. Delicious! (12fl.Oz, bottled on 28/05/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)