beerlover82 (215) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours into pint glass an amazing opaque pitch-black,with an exceptional creamy,bubbly light-brownish/tan head about a half-finger thick,leaving an impressive thick and sticky tan lacing.
My nose detects roasted/toasted malted barley,some toffee, and maybe some cocoa. Subdued, and not heavy,but detectable. A little too light on the nose.
Roasted malts and cocoa are most noticeable on the tongue,with a nice faint grassy,subdued hops background.Noticeable hop bitterness lingering afterwards. The 8.0% ABV is fairly well hidden/restrained, light carbonation,body is medium,maybe a little thin.
Very good, as always SN has yet to unimpress me. Tasty, very good for cold nights, yet fairly easy to drink on hot summer days/nights as well. Recommended.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a roasted hop aroma, actually fairly strong. This is pretty tasty, but nothing really stands out about this beer, other than some roast, so for a spice/herb beer is pretty good.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the beer camp pack. Pours a deep dark black, but still clear, with a large light tan head. Roast and a bit of toast, soft hops on the back of bitter cocoa. Medium bodied, chocolatey, lots of roast, a touch of sweetness and carmelizing sugar. Spicy on the gums, very interesting with some nice burnt sugar and roast. Coffee and long spicy bitterness on the finish, very faint floral juniper notes. Nice stuff.
popery (1204) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best of Beer Camp bottle from 4/8/11, 19 days old.
Pours pitch black with a nice tan head that refuses to dissipate completely as I drink.
The beer smells of cocoa powder, juniper, roast, licorice, grapefruit and grass. The juniper is fairly strong but decently meshes with the Black IPA notes. I’m still not a big fan of the sub-style but the juniper makes this beer interesting enough.
The taste is bittersweet. There are sweet chocolate and blackberry notes followed up by bitter hops, juniper and roast. It’s a bit much, and the lingering bland bitterness is strong and doesn’t sit particularly well.
The mouthfeel starts smooth but quickly becomes abrasive. The juniper delivers an interesting flavor, but the assertive bitterness of roast and hops just doesn’t work for me.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask. Small beige head, dark-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, juniper, some roast/smoke, cocoa. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, some smoke, light burnt. Smooth medium body, low carbonation, alcohol not noticeable.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Black beer with a dark tan head. Juniper and light malt aroma. Chocolate and malt flavor with light juniper. Medium-plus bodied. Chocolate and light roast linger with light juniper.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Toronado SD. Poured a squid ink black color with a tan head. Nice aroma that included the likes of roast, baker’s chocolate, and earthy greens. Medium bodied and dryish with moderate carbonation. I tasted dark chocolate, darkly roasted malt, and a bit of pine. Nice enough beer.
BrewDad (4493) - Olympia, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint – Eastside Club Tavern – Olympia, WA
Dark black in color, with a thick dark malt aroma light spices and some juniper coming through. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the flavor along with the added juniper. Once this brew warms up there is a great flavor. A very tasty beer and finishes quite dry and nice.
gracefullypunk (667) - Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brouwer’s. Pours black with a cappuccino head and clings. Aromas of chocolate, juniper, and nutty malt. Tastes of juniper, evergreen, coffee, toasted malt, and chocolate in the finish. Oh yum.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Naked City; dense black with thin tan head; aromas of chocolate, chalky roast, juniper and sweet berries; big dose of dry roast and drinks thin and chalky; nutty chocolate flavors mixed roast and berries; comes of a little more rich than bitter to me; an interesting hybrid beer but not really my thing