keepersj12 (3051) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice hoppy aroma with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is crisp and clean. A bit on the thin side though. Pours black with an off white head giving it a nice contrast.
pineypower (3009) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours almost black with a big tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, toast, lightly bitter notes, burnt grains. Taste is burnt toast, some bitter citrus/grass, chocolate, coffee, light earthy maduro tobacco, mild bitter notes.
puboflyons (2955) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Deep brown to near black pour with a tremendous, lasting brown head. Laces. The aroma has a keen mixture of dark roasted malts and more earthy hops. Yet the taste comes across as far more piney and bitter with the hops. Medium body. Nice tribute beer.
Lukaduke (2923) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep rich black color with a two finger khaki foam. Big roasty nose with touches of earthy forest floor and bright grassy pine hops. The palate follows the nose nicely with great mouthfeel and spot on flavors. Great black IPA !
asheft (2905) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle from Bier Cellar]
Potent hops aroma with pine and then grapefruit peel and then some tropical Amarillo-esque note in front of faint coffee and dark toast. Opaque black with ruddy brown highlights under a persistent, light brown cover and lace. Hops flavour and then assertive bitterness up front in the taste followed by subtle dark chocolate. Pine, grapefruit peel, apricot, faint tropical fruits. Not quite smooth, not quite crisp feel, medium to light body moderate carbonation.
Maverick34 (2896) - New York, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Black pour light beige head dark roastmalts and piney hops are predominant. Light espresso.
cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours pitch black with a thick light tan head and sticky lacing through out the entire glass, aroma has a good amount of citrus and pine with a kick of chocolate as well, flavor is of more roast and chocolate on the front end with some pine and hops in the finish, pretty solid.
evergreen0199 (2849) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at GBBF 2011. A black coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Roasty, malty aroma. Tastes roasty, malty, hoppy, some bitterness. Not bad.
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ GBBF 2011. A black colored beer, with a small beige head. The aroma of dark malts and fruits like prunes. Some bitter. The taste is some sweet moving to bitter. Some spices in the back. The aftertaste is bitter with spices.
Chudwick (2734) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle (best by 8/13/14) into Le Duvel - nose is slight roast, grass, caramel, and lemon. Crisp and refreshing on the front end, yet bold and full of roasted coffee on the back end. A truly marvelous style that has been done right with a label worthy of a Struise. All kinds of bitterness (dark chocolate and hoppy) with inferior sweetness. On a side note, rating beers styles you like from breweries you like whilst on a philosophical reevaluating quest makes for inflated ratings.