hershiser2 (1173) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Wine Warehouse. Charlottesville. Pours dark brown with an inch of tan head. Laces nicely. Smells of luscious tropical hops. Smooth piney hops and grapefruit peel in the mouth. Lovely.
beerfest5 (1019) - 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.
RABinVA (1000) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bottle poured into a tulip. Pours deep cola brown/not quite black with a big cream head that’s slow to fade. Aroma is the only downside to this beer. Kind of a muddled metallic thing going on with a bit of citrus and chocolate. Taste is amazing. Totally balanced big citrus, bitter, grassy hops and bittersweet chocolate, coffee and roast. Everything comes together nicely on the tongue and leave a bitter smokiness. Excellent example of the style.
dogfish120love (858) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a chocolaty dark brown with a tan lacing. Notes of pine and grapefruit. Bottle
574deadzone (843) - 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.
jmm635 (816) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a thick mocha head. Roasted malts, toast, and piney hops. Pretty smooth and easy drinking.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a large, tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, light chocolate and pine/citrus hops. Pine and citrus hop flavors nicely blended with roasted malt and chocolate. Similar finish with a nice, lasting hop bitterness.
radarsock (755) - Vermont, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been wanting to try. Finally get a chance to; alright! Purchased from Top Shelf Brews, Hampton. Single 12 FL. OZ. bottle. To cognac snifter it pours a brown liquorice blackish with a trim off-khaki head, one fingernail in length. Smells of hops, roast, earth, wood varnish, mugwort, leather, and mint. Tastes the same. Very smooth, delicate, and drinkable. Good Black IPA. I’ll have to buy more.
abcfan (670) - New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty good. Pours deep brown with a small tan head. Great lacing left on the glass. Aroma is slight roast, primarily malt, with some subtle hop notes. Smooth, in the mouth, finishes with a nice bite, dry.
Emeister84 (661) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toast, citrus fruit, and caramel on the nose, with hints of dark berries. Deep, dark ruby-brown, almost black, with a mostly lasting, beige head. Dry, bitter, spicy, and a little smokey. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, and finishes with a roasty, dry, herbaceous hop profile and lingering floral notes.