mkgrenwel (572) - Cambridge, 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 (1071) - 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 anyoneís hankering for a Cascadian/Escondidan/Green Mountain Dark Ale.
AirForceHops (3414) - 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 (1147) - 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.
gsmitty80 (1831) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love me some Smutty. Very nice standard black IPA. This doesnít have any real chocolate or roast which makes it nice. Dark malts and high hops.
Braudog (5873) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Iím not mucha fan of this style in general, and although this is a better example of the "style," this doesnít change that. Another baseline porter, rich with some ashy chocolate, augmented by a little American hoppy kick. I donít love the blend, but again this one is among the better Iíve tried. (#5256, 9/18/2013)
Cousin_Larry (371) - - AUG 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad. Really not too noteworthy so the character minimum on the comments is really working against me here.
mike5326 (974) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a cold bottle. Black color with a nice frothy tan head. Strong floral hops smell. Mild bitter hops flavor with a smooth finish.
Dr_Fellini (494) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep dark brown, but not quite black, with a good light brown head. Aroma is full of toasty burnt malts with a hint of piney citrusy hops. Flavor is mostly burnt malt bitterness with a light hop bitterness mixed in. Light to medium in palate with a lingering burnt bitterness in the finish. Good beer, but a little heavier on the burnt malts. I would like to see a little more hops shine through, although this beer could easily have just been sitting on the shelf for a bit too long.
guzzler67 (1520) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium size, khaki colored head atop a dark brown body left good lacing. Toasted malt aroma with hints of tobacco and resin. Woodsy, smoky taste offset by the pine and citrus flavors of the hops. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish and bittersweet aftertaste. Does a good job of balancing the dark malts and hoppiness emblematic of this style.