tomer (1726) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At a tasting, many thanks DSG, medium bubbly mocha head, opaque extremely dark brown colour, flowery herbal aroma with some citrus in the back, aroma of roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate, strong herbal bitterness with a touch of citrus, almost completely dry. Very good and nicely balanced.
mintzmeet (207) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee, leather, and citrus aromas. Black with nice head. Darkness, presumably from roasted grains. Nice blend of hops. Surprisingly light body.
Aquilo (541) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a beautifully thick head. Coffee, leather, and citrus aromas. Flavor is bitter, but very smooth, and astringent in the aftertaste. Some juniper flavor in the finish. Another surprisingly good offering from Sierra Nevada.
AndrewMichaelZ (62) - - JUL 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured deep opaque mahogany into a tulip glass with a sudsy (almost creamy) light coffee colored head.
Bright citrusy hop forward nose with back notes of sweetness and coffee.
Medium carbonation and light mouthfeel. A reasonably balanced flavor profile of earthy hops and deep roasty malts. It's more well composed than many in the Black IPA family.
A bit too cold at 46d but the flavors really came together as it warmed slightly.
I'd come back again.
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ozarkspops (363) - - JUL 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour. Fluffy khaki head. Pretty typical Sierra Nevada hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit. Hint if coffee roast. Flavor was still 80% hop flavor, but more malt flavor than in aroma. Nicely balanced.
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DrunkSanta410 (281) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, porter like Brown with khaki head. Aroma is roast malts, coffee, pine, grass. Very balanced. Taste is coffee, roast malts, grass. Bitter. Palate is medium body, high carbonation. Pretty good!
BroSpud (1698) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Very malty flavors but the hops come through enough so that it is not too overwhelming and balances it out nicely. Overall another very drinkable brew from Sierra Nevada.
mtdewa1 (310) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black pour. Aroma of hops and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, pine, some chocolate, hops and some citrus. Very good black ipa, smooth all the way through.
RABinCO (1309) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into a glass. Pours deep brown with a persistent tan head. Big aroma of roast and grass. Taste is deep roast, chocolate, grass, grapefruit. Nice bitter bite.
GoufCustom (824) - HONG KONG - JUL 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle as a gift by WheatKing at Q Club in SoHo, Central. Thanks Adam!
Looks: Deep blackish brown colour with no yeast sediments; Less than one-quarter finger head and soapy beige foam which fades in 20 seconds; Good sticky lacing with notable slight carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant grapefruit as soon as it was popped, with passion fruit, blueberry, tangerine, strong pine, floral, dark roasted malt, black coffee, molasses, light earth, yeast, lemon and grass.
Taste: Mid to light sweet dark malt, with strong roast, nuts, strong black coffee, cocoa, burnt toast, grapefruit, strong molasses, pine, earth, yeast, strong lime and strong bitter grassy hops.
Body: Mid to light body. Slick and slightly oily palate.
Mouth Feel: Very roasty dark malt in a fair but slick body. Very intense black coffee and cocoa powder, more so than the hops! Balanced by pretty thick molasses sweetness. Also expressive grapefruit, moderate pine, no ooze, palatable earth. A multi-pronged attack of senses. Kinda exciting.
Hoppiness: Intense in all fronts - fragrant grapefruit, tropical fruit, subtle blueberry, pine, floral, earth in nose. Zesty grapefruit, pine earth, strong lime and grass in taste; Bitterness is very strong but scattering, for a lasting, strong bitter-sweet finish.
After Taste: Quite dry. Roasty, fruity and strong bitter to mouth.
Comments: This is one of those typical ‘intense for intense sake’ beer - expessive Mosaic aroma, strongly roasted malt for incredibly strong coffee and cocoa, barely balanced by sweetness and piney hops, but the bitterness is not focused. It’s massive alright, but not well-balanced or impressive.