hapjydeuce (995) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 2013 vintage. Thanks to my bro for the birthday hookup. Color is more mahogany than black. Thick foamy beige head that fades into a fine fizz. Aroma of smoke, almost burnt toast, pepper and vanilla. Flavor is less hoppy than expected, on the scale of an extra pale ale. Strong smoky bitterness up front which turns into a slightly acidic hops bitterness. Medium to thin bodied with low carbonation. Kind of lackluster; might have been better when it was fresh after the release last fall. Unique though, don’t know if we’ll ever see this one again. For someone that’s never had a black IPA this would be a treat; but after other beers like Black Lie or Alpine Ugly it’s just missing the kick.
oldrtybastrd (4430) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some caramel malty tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2015
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears nearly black in the glass, with dark mahogany edges and a frothy, two finger beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap/ring. The retention is crazy, almost too good, taking forever to settle. The glass is left coated with rings and chunks of soapy lacing.
The dank, earthy hops and smokey roasted dark malts combine for a very odd, metallic-like aroma with a strong phenol/chemical character that is very unpleasant. Resinous pine sap, grass, dirt/soil and spruce tip followed by smoke, charcoal, roasted malt, coffee bean and oatmeal. There’s a touch of caramel sweetness in the nose but the hop and malt combination makes it smell like phenolic bandaid. Everything seems to clash and scream, "Don’t drink this"!
Thankfully this beer tastes a lot better than it smells. The solvent-like chemicals and phenols that I picked up in the nose are nowhere to be found. The hop and malt flavors are better integrated than I expected. The hop profile is still kind of one dimensional, however, with lots of dry, earthy bitterness. Resinous oil, sticky buds, grass, pine tree and spruce tip flavor give this beer overwhelming bitterness that’s decently cut by the complex flavors of the malt bill. The malts are pretty robust and smokey but there’s some underlying sweetness that balances things out. The smoked and charred malt compliment the hop bitterness with hints of charcoal, burnt toast, deeply roasted coffee bean and oatmeal. This is countered by bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee and slight caramel flavor. A bit harsh and nit the mist balanced beer but after the palate adjusts to the bitterness, this beer becomes decently drinkable.
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle was actually a few years old. Got stuck in back of beer fridge. Thought it would be yucky...but not bad. Poured a light black with some head. Aroma is slightly burnt malts, roasted veggies, pine, and dark breads. The taste is burnt malts, pine and pine resin, almost a chewy dark chocolate and some anise. Good carb and medium body. Very nice.
kevinator (1791) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and bold. Roasted and slight hop aroma. Beautiful dark in color with a decent head. Medium weight. Blended well with a slight wood and roasted flavor and bitter finish.
UncleKorm (1171) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Waxed bottle poured a dark brown hue w/ huge long lasting rocky head and sticky lacing. Bold malty bread aroma. Initial taste is light sweet w/ a bold bitter finish. Tastes are dark roasted grain, peppery hops, licorice, and dark breads. Medium bodied.
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Strykzone (6178) - 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 (818) - 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 (8014) - 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 (2455) - 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 (454) - 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.