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 (3111) - 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!
sinfull (1023) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown chestnut color, nice off-white head with good lacing. Aroma of caramel and hop. Caramel , tropical fruits and hoppy bitterness in taste. Full body , low carbonation. Strong bitterness in very long aftertaste.
ansalon (1796) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours caramel brown with a low tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, citrus notes, some tropical fruit, brown sugar. Taste is slight milk chocolate, dark red berries, citrus, roasted nuts. Mouthfeel is medium dry with medium carbonation.
zvikar (3964) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Yoav. Pours brown to orange with a huge beige head, aroma of chocolate, some hops and orange, flavor of chocolate, some peaty notes, orange, tangerine and bitterness, medium bodied.
DSG (8199) - Tel Aviv, - JUN 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Yoav. Clear dark amber-brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of piney hops, roast and chocolate. Bittersweet flavor, roasty and hoppy, with a big of dark chocolate, a bit of coffee and a bitter finish with piney notes. Medium-bodied.
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating. #500! A worthy beer for it. 24 oz bottle poured into my ipa glass. Pours a dark cola color with a thick fluffy light tan head that leaves awesome lacing. Smells off roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, caramel and pine. Tastes of the same things. Mouthfeel is thin, oily, and water with light carbonation and a semi dry finish. Had to try this. Who knows if they?ll brew it again. Very well balanced black ipa. Looks beautiful in the glass. Worth a try if you can still find it anywhere.
DocJitsu (1183) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, dark ruby-amber with a light tannish-taupe head. Dark roasted, nearly smoky nose with a grassy hop character. Smooth, slick, wet texture. Sweet up front. Some ripe fruit. Smokiness galore. Very drinkable.
coltonhudy (15) - - MAY 9, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2014 Dark espresso head and body when poured the taste is strong and intense but balanced and flavorful with notes of coffee,chocolate,cocoa,cacao,oak,hops, with a slightly sweet piny finish this is an epic black ipa.
Fantomasus (272) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark cola brown with a wonderful frothy off white head, perfect! Aroma: caramel, bread, spruce, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is near perfect balance. Medium bodied, thick feel, creamy, with a long bitter finish. Great brew...