Ed5388 (1742) - 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.
gsmitty80 (1741) - 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 doesn’t have any real chocolate or roast which makes it nice. Dark malts and high hops.
MadRobin (1704) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque, brown-black with a 1 to 2-finger tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, pine, grapefruit, toffee and floral hops. Lots of malt and roastiness with plenty of blended in such that the individual hop aromas tend to blend together.
Taste of roasted malt, pine, chocolate, coffee, toffee and grapefruit. Lots roastiness and malt balanced by strong hop flavors.
Medium/light body and medium/high carbonation.
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snoworsummer (1615) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours very dark brown with a very thin off white head. Tastes like cola, mint, cream, some coffee bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Smells like funk, flour, biscuits, and hops.
Leafs93 (1611) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a substantial tan head into the DFH/Sierra IPA glass. Aroma is roast, pine, smoke, dark chocolate and floral. Taste is sweet with some moderate roast bitters, the sweetness is more prevalent though. Medium bodied with a smooth and silky mouth feel.
BroSpud (1597) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle Pours dark, real dark, brown with a nice looking tan head that left plenty of lacing. This is what a Black IPA should truly be ... a great IPA with the big citrus and pine flavors but also more earthy roasted malt flavors contributing smoke and chocolate notes.
malrubius (1584) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Garden City. Dark dark brown with lasting tan head and lace. fresh hop and roasted coffee aroma. Very mild sweet mocha with subdued dark fruity sweetness and very dry assertive roasty woody hop finish. Nice medium sessionable palate with enough carbo to accentuate the hops. Excellent.
UDBeernut (1486) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours deep amber, thin tan head with a thick lacing coat. Nose is of light roast and some citrus. Taste has strong bitterness, not much from the malts and a heavy presnce of citrus that lingers on the finish. Body is medium. I wish there was a bit more presence from the malts. If you did not look at it you’d think it was just another ho hum IPA.
guzzler67 (1484) - 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.
mcox90 (1469) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Portsmouth Gaslight during the Smuttynose tap takeover. Pours deepest, darkest brown, almost black with a 1 finger head that retains well and laces nicely. Roasted malt and pine hop aroma. Flavor is a well balanced combination of the malt and pine hop. Neither overpowers the other. Even get a hint of chocolate from time to time. The finish is quite bitter with coffee ground notes. Moderate in body with enough carbonation to keep the tongue interested. Theres a smoothness to it that makes it easy to drink.