markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to gunhaver for the share. Pours brown with an off-white head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, spice, and pepper, with citrus and pine bitterness. Flavor is similar with some roast, coffee, chocolate, spice, pepper, and hops. Light to medium in body and a beer to ponder.
merc7186 (1472) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dark Brown,Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head, Decent Lacing
S: Chocolate, Nutty, Dark Malts, Mild Juniper
T: Dark Mildly Roasted Malts, Chocolate, Piney, Mild Coffee
M: Great Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Bitter, Mildly Drying
Overall, a very nice Black Ale but the Juniper flavor was lacking but made up with the piney bitterness.
ads135 (2350) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer and one of the best black IPAs Iíve had. The roastiness is strong, but not strong enough to overwhelm the very fresh, very bright pine and herb flavor.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo: Poured a dark brown that was almost black and was topped with a thin layer of head. As for the aroma, my nose is able to pick up on a moderate usage of blackened malts as well as some thick coffee creamer too. The flavor is roasty and tastes as if the malts might have been slightly smoked, but I get the idea that the malts suppress any juniper berry flavors.
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
11th June 2011
Opaque black beer, good frothy tan head. Semi dry and semi soft palate. Bitter dark malt. Dash of smoke and a little cream. Bitter minerals and a whisper of fruit. Semi dry and bitter finish. Okay if a little odd.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer is black with a thick, whipped, beige foam cap. Ample lacing clings to the walls of the pint glass.
The aroma offers roasted malt, chocolates, pine. Nicely done.
Quite tasty. Honestly, this is much better than I expected. While I am generally not a big fan of this style (though I do my best to rate fairly), this is a good beer. A bit more of the juniper emerges as the beer warms, but remains subtle enough to keep the beer in balanced. Roast and piney hops play co-starring roles.
Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Alcohol masked well by aggressive roast and pine flavors.
Overall, a solid beer. I would have this again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-25-2011
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beercamp mix-pack was well worth the money and quite interesting. This one was pretty nice but it seems much more like a black IPA or hopped up porter than a winter warmer as listed here. Dark black color, good lacing and the head was huge at first. The smell is super roasty, nice. Creamy mouthfeel and then a very strong flavor which must be the juniper, almost like pine needles or bushes or something. Seems like there might be a lot of hops in this one but I can;t be sure because of the odd juniper flavor. This is good but I would not want more than one in a row just because it is so robust.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-23-2011 01:39:08
HughConway (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
From the notebook. 12oz bott;e from the beer camp 12er. Pours dark blackish, tan head. Aroma of hop malt and juniper pine. Taste and finish are malt.
larsniclas (5193) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at SBWF-11
Almost black. Creamy, tan head.
Dark and roasted with juniper-berries.
Also some licorice in the flavour.
jhgrantjr (392) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured dark black, thick brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, maybe slight smell of pine. Taste is hoppy at first but quickly becomes toasted, almost burnt. Leaves a chocolate, coffee aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
daleharshman (828) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from 2011 Beer Camp twelve-pack purchased over a year ago at BevMo in Mira Mesa ($17.99 for 12-pack). Pours mostly black with some garnet highlights and two fingers of light brown foam. Aroma from deep in the forest with pine and juniper berries along with further notes of roasted malts (leather, chocolate), citrus, and fresh herbs. Up front the flavor has lots of pine/spruce, juniper, and spicy mint but is soon followed by a really big dark roasted maltiness with notes of dark bittersweet chocolate . Still quite hoppy, but not very bitter...the roastiness actually takes over in the finish. The flavor profile and the ABV are somewhat reminiscent of a Black IPA, but the juniper adds a nice layer of complexity here. (346, 720)