LilBeerDoctor (3301) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of citrus, light fruits, apple skins, wood, and a hint of roasted malt. Flavor is sweet initially with lots of dark, roasted malty notes in the finish. More akin to a hoppy imperial stout (or even a hoppier Rochefort 10) in the flavor actually with dark fruits, chocolate, sweet malt, and citrusy hops. Lots of complexity in this beer, more than most of your typical black IPAs. This is a great black IPA, maltier than most.
jkwood04 (3260) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours dark brown with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of darker and lightly roasted malts plus a decent amount of citrusy and floral hops. Flavor the same, with a decent blend between the dark malts and strong hops. Average texture. A decent beer.
Ernesto987 (3256) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at propig, sweet and rich, of herbal hop flavors, decent but forgettable
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle, purchased at Yankee Spirits - S. Attleboro, MA. Chalky chocolate nose, edge in cedar and dark toast. Creamy, fresh dark malts up front, a passing thought of kiwi, and a graceful closing in grassy, earthy hops. Oddly middling for Smuttynose. The hops crank up a bit in the finish, adding some grapefruit pith and tea. Otherwise, reasonably soft. Well made, for sure, but perhaps not the most exciting recipe.
sonnycheeba (2976) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours dark brown with creamy beige head; great lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, earthy malts, chocolate notes, figs, and faint toffee. Flavor is roast malts, cocoa bitterness, earthy notes, and dried dark fruit; dry, lightly bitter finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
maxwelldeux (2933) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a very thick tan head. Nose is a little hoppy, but not all that strong. Taste is a little bit bitter, and quite roasty. Very easy drink.
Patrickctenchi (2916) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a thick tan head.
Cholate, tobacco aroma...resin.
Ashy, resiny bitter...burnt coffee malt.
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown color with tan head. Roasted malt and pine aromas. Roasted malt and pine flavors with some bitter dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness. Medium body.with average carbonation.
Ober (2806) - 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.
PhillyCraft (2772) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Pour house, black body with creamy beige head, medium in size with thick lacing. Aromas and flavor are roasted malt and grain, pine, cereal, light chocolate, and smoke. Medium body. Balanced but way too roasty for me, I wish more people would make black ipas that tasted like regular ones. Even half the roast would do wonders for this brew.