Strykzone (5210) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Had to fight with the wax but persevered. Dark amber brown with a big fluffy tan head that lasts. Some lacing. An aroma of roast with soft fruit and earth. First sip makes me question this being an IPA. Just minimal hops. That is tasted until the beer warms up. Then gentle citrus fruit is tasted. A hint of chocolate and grain. Herbal notes with warming, too. As I look at the bottle it is from 2013 so I see why the hops have lessened. A nice rich feel. This has a lot going for it. Hops might have faded but there is plenty more to like.
ShaneJ (631) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Beer Cellar online store (April 2014). Brown almost black, tan head, roast grain, bitter chocolate, coffee beans, grassy/pine hops, full body, slick texture, resiney lingering bitterness. Very good.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[6155-20140131] Bottle. Floral toasted chocolate aroma. Slightly hazy, black brown body with a quick creamy tan head. Roasted cereal bran and coffee-infused grains flavour. Full body. Good. (8/3/8/4/16) 3.9
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, Greg Clow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
dnstone (2270) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown in color with solid off white head. Light roasted aroma and taste rounded by an earthy hop character.
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LearninBeer (405) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 2013. The aroma is hops, citrus and grass. Pours a dark brown with a light brown frothy head and excellent lacing. The taste is a medium bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter.
smboselli (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love it - dark and toasty but doesn't overwhelm the palate with hops - I can actually taste it, and it's everything I want in a black ipa
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slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Similar, if not the same profile as the mellow but very good estate ipa. Well balanced and easy drinking, yet leaves an impression of both roasted coffee and citric hops in the aftertaste. Nice, as expected."
mbgrayson (577) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a blackish brown, with tan head. Aroma of roasted hops and malts. Taste is well balanced and complex, moderately hoppy. Thumbs up on this interesting and unique brew.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark in color - not quite black, but pretty dark - with dark red hues where light manages to escape, it’s not that good looking until you gaze upon its full, billowy light brown head. The head slowly, but eventually, settles to a very dense, stout-like thick layer, and the lacing is actually so thick that it’s frothy. The nose is dominated by roasted malts, scented wicker baskets, and a touch of burnt caramel if you inhale deeply enough. You can tell that there’s a hop presence in the nose, but it’s hard to pick apart the bouquet.
The mouthfeel is a little confusing. It’s thin-bodied, but creamy at the same time. Burnt caramel introduces you to a harsh sweetness up front, followed immediately by what tastes like a conflicted combination of citrus hops and heavy roasted mats. The whole experience ends in a charred malt bitterness and a nearly resinous hop bitterness. Too much bitterness, and too empty on the palate. I doubt that leaving this in the bottle for none months could be responsible for such a disappointing experience, but you never know. Still, it’s pretty drinkable. I mean, I’ll drink the entire 25 ounces without any(more) complains.
kerenmk (2788) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Yoav. Clear dark red-brown with a frothy dark white head. Roasty, a little wooden aroma, dry, bitter, woody and rusty taste. Medium-bodied, roasty finish. Good!