keanex (1606) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best before August 4, 2014.
Appearance: The body is pitch black with small tan sediment chunks at the bottom. The head is tall, dense and very firm with a khaki hue.
Aroma: The aroma has mild pine and roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Decent balance and a nice aroma profile but I find it to be weak.
Taste: The flavor is just mute through the taste until the mid/end. There’s literally nothing on the intro that I pick up. Even by the mid there’s not much that stands out. Hints of malty sweetness, some roast, some pine. Overall very very tame. Not bad, but tame. Hints of burnt malts linger.
Palate: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I wish that this were bolder. This is a great beer to put a few back, but it doesn’t excite much when dissected.
Patrickctenchi (4538) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a thick tan head.
Cholate, tobacco aroma...resin.
Ashy, resiny bitter...burnt coffee malt.
Handypaul (302) - - MAR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy to frothy beige head that thins quickly leaving a fine ring and excellent lace. Nose of pine, floral and sweet citrus. Lightly sweet and medium bitter taste with a light body, thin chewy texture, average carbonation and a short bitter finish.
EithCubes (5197) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Best By 08/04/14. Nose is nice and raw, heavily burnt with plenty of tar and deep roast, some ash, just the way I likes ’em! Some mild grapefruit and citric hops, some Black Sun Stout comparables. Pours dark mahogany (no, not black) with a dense, rocky tan head. Taste medium-strongly bitter but more importantly extremely dry, with little bits of ash and tobacco and tar and mild chocolate and resin entering and leaving, but it’s bone dry and nearly astringent all the way through the aftertaste. Piny, woody hops with faint citrus but still remain somewhat bright. Medium body but the intensity of roast makes it seem fuller. Clean and very well made, alcohol mostly concealed, and a great example of what attention to a unified plan can deliver, instead of kitchen-sinking piles of leftover ingredients.
Ed5388 (2454) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Crossroads Spirits. Pours black with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee, and pine. Taste of roasted malt, burnt toast, pine, and an aftertaste of toffee. Solid beer.
crossovert (8705) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent black ipa, smooth with cocoa notes, dark brown pour, medium to low bitterness.
mkgrenwel (599) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, full creamy head the color of coffee heavy with milk. Aroma is roasted malt and grassy hops. Slight tangerine. Flavor is surprisingly light up front. Not much sweetness at all. Everything is backloaded into roasted malt and hop bitterness. Grassy resins hops provide strong bitter foundation. Malt is there but lacking in depth a bit. A little astringent at times. Some cream and peanut butter. Palate is smooth and creamy. I always find this to be a weird style that is rare to pull off gracefully. This one is pretty decent but displays the problems frequently found in the style. Hops and dark malts often clash. Still enjoyable, though.
574deadzone (1163) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with brown edges and a fair khaki-mocha head that settles to a thicker ring and leaves some soapy, splotchy lace. Nose involves some mild coffee roast notes, some refreshing pine, dark chocolate, hints of herbs and mint, some tropical fruit lurking underneath. Fairly sweet, plenty bitter. Medium bodied, oily and slick, fair carb, with a lengthy hoppy and roasted bitter finish. Very tasty, lots to like all around. Not earth shattering, but well executed. Will satisfy anyone’s hankering for a Cascadian/Escondidan/Green Mountain Dark Ale.
AirForceHops (4081) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle purchased at Top Shelf Brews. The color is black with some lasting head retention. The nose is chocolate malts and hints of pine. The flavor is actually really nice. Hints of citrus hops upfront following a base of chocolate malts and caramel with light pine and more citrus hops coming through in the finish. Texture is lightly sticky and lightly syrup in nature. Pretty good.
beerfest5 (1204) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A well balanced BIPA if tending to be a little more on the roasted side instead of the citrus/pine side. Poured almost like a black lager into the glass, small white head almost no retention. Roasted coffee and nutty aroma, pine and citrus take a backseat. Flavor is the same, nice finish.