Scipio (632) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a smooth looking, medium beige head. Aroma is a blend of citrus and malts. It contains pine and grapefruit, which is balanced nicely with chocolate, cereal, and coffee. The taste has a lot of grapefruit bitterness, strong pine, milder chocolate, and coffee. Heavy aftertaste of pine and grapefruit and lasts a very long time. The body is medium, the texture is more on the creamy side, with a below average degree of carbonation. I have found this one to be quite good. Try this one.
mike5326 (616) - 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.
beerandbeyond (609) - ISRAEL - JUL 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass.
Clear and very dark brown with a decent tanned head.
A nice mix of roasty and piney aromas, with some dark chocolate.
Highly roasted malts flavor, with high bitterness, resinous hops and black coffee.
Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, super long finish and off balanced in a good way.
hockeybeerguy (549) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Into a mug, it pours a dark brown body with a two and a half finger off-white/slightly tan head that gets a bit lumpy here and there; the smell is pine, wood, earthy, slight roasted coffee, roasted barley - perhaps if so, well its ever so subtle; hops coming out as the beer warms; the taste is mainly bitter and roasty through previously mentioned flavors, coffee aftertaste, dry finish, the palate is light to medium, semi-sessionable; overall: well, I’d say it fits the style pretty good, glad I tried it, and well, I might come back to this, unsure...
mkgrenwel (537) - 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.
ryanscourt (532) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed this one like most of the black ipas i had. My one grievance is that this example uses more bitter hop notes opposed to the nice citrus/floral hop flavors that balance nicely with bitter chocolate ones. I think this has a nice malty flavor up front that is really nice.
ThreeCats (523) - ISRAEL - JUN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice tan head over black body with ruby highlights. Aroma of roast, grass, pine, and citrus. Taste of hop bitterness, then roast bitterness, then hop bitterness. Citrus, grass, roast, nut, coffee. Hoppy-bitter palate. Quite nice.
Ret12 (447) - Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very smooth beer with a roasted malt flavor. Mellow hop overtone that balanced out the beer
beerme31 (446) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, pine, caramel, grass. Mild sweet taste. Medium roasty body, ave carbonation, thicker texture, mild hop bitterness in the finish that lingers nicely. Solid black ipa, would get again.
beechner224 (370) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a slightly tan head. Aroma is a mix of roasted malt and hops. Taste is a good balance between the malt and hops. After taste is very bitter, the hops certainly take over.