madmitch76 (15095) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22nd April 2013
Euston Tap. Keg. Opaque black beer, little pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and smooth with fine minerally carbonation. Smooth and light dark malt. just the barest whisper of roast. Hops are light and semi sweet citric, little orange peel. Finishes smooth and semi dry. Light roast bitterness in the aftertaste. Tasty beer but really coming over as a Porter more than a Black IPA.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of pine, roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of chocolate, pine, roasted malt, and grapefruit with a dry, bitter finish.
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Almost black, huge tan head, good retention, solid lacing. Aroma of coffee grounds. Taste is bitter cocoa. Interesting.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Medium tan head atop cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast/coffee, light dark chocolate, earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, earthy/grapefruit, some coffee, light cocoa. Smooth medium body, low carbonation, light resin. More malt-forward than normal for a Black IPA -- this is more a hoppy porter -- but very well done.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-retaining tan head with trailing lace-black with red tint. A-roasty/cocoa-med/dk malt, some pine/earthiness. T-roasty/ashy-dk malt/oat, earthy hops. Some character that comes in midpalate that doesn’t work/clashes a bit.
bhensonb (11079) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewpub on 3/23. Pours very dark with orange glints and a creamy light tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate. Med + body. Feels a bit creamy. Flavor is med dark chocolate and a lot of fruity hop. Even notes of coffee. Quite tasty.
Leighton (11029) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Euston Tap - London. Pours dark brown with a fine, tight tan cream head. The nose holds burnt malts, dry pine, some herbal hops. Medium sweet flavor with wet burt wood, muddy dirt, some dry cocoa, moderate roast, nips of alcohol. Medium bodied with average to lively carbonation. Some burnt toast on the finish, subtle resinous pine, light alcohol burn, some grapefruit and baking cocoa. Decent but I would expect more from SN.
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown pour with a khaki head. Nose is roasty with some herbal and pine hops. Citrus notes of grapefruit, a touch of soap, and a light malt sweetness. The flavor is fairly bitter and pine forward. Woody herbs, grapefruit, and quite a bit of roast. Light malt sweetness, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.
Tmoney99 (10675) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate toasted coffee, chocolate and small hop aroma. Medium body and smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium toasted bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This beer just met my expectations.
Ratman197 (9824) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, earthiness, pine, grapefruit zest and light floral notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit, light pine and a hint of earthiness with a smooth dry bitter lingering roasty finish.