PhatB420 (641) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz into a stemmed NOHO brewery vast ipa glass. Pours a deep and dark black, just black all over. Aroma is hoppy, boozy, and full of flavor. Spiced hops in the malt side of things a dark lager mix of malts also surfaces, but then the hoppy side of the ipa bops in the says hello. Head in non retaining, but who cares? This is full frontal hops to the head in the black. The abv is a nice cushion for summing up the strengh of this brew. I normally am one to second guess black ipas, but this is one worth checking out.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"the "antithesis" of unearthly? well, not really. lots of similarities, looks aside. this was almost like a darker, but junior version. not quite as complex or heavy with the malts, but the in the same ballpark flavor-wise. the aroma started a little hoppier, but as it went, it resembled a smaller (2% less abv and not as...er...chewy) unearthly more and more. good, but not great - i’d still prefer the balance of their huge ipas to slide more towards hops than malt."
Darkmagus82 (1783) - - SEP 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-16-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pour a deep-brown color, nearly black, with a small half finger of fizzy looking off white foam formed upon pouring. The head persists only a short period of time, fading too leave lots of big bubbles floating atop the brew and some light foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of roasted malt, dark fruits and hop. The roasted aromas are heaviest of a roasted brown bread smell mixed with some light sweet cocoa aromas. Other roasty smells of a light coffee and some cola are there as well. The hops are lighter then the darker aromas, but still make a decent showing. The hop are heaviest of a more citrus aroma, but others of some earth and pine are there as well.
Taste – The taste starts out with a roasted bready flavor mixed with some sweeter flavors of caramel and vanilla. Some lighter cocoa flavors come to the tongue along with some hop flavors of a citrus nature. A grape and darker fruit flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste, starting out lighter, but growing quite a bit stronger as the taste goes on to its finish. Along with the fruit flavors, so too comes more hop of a light pine and a very light earthy taste mixing with some more sweeter chocolate flavors, which overall, leaves a sweeter and more lightly hopped (for an IPA), roasted flavor to be left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side for a beer of 9 % abv. A little thicker of a body and a little less carbonation would have likely been better for the roasted and hoppy flavors of the brew, but overall it was OK.
Overall – This is a rather tasty brew. If looking for something decently hoppy, moderately sweet, and roasty, this is a good brew to try.
kraddel (3542) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from ACBC , thnx to Eddy
Pours black, small white head .
Smell is sharp , hoppy , raisins .
Taste is roasted malts bitterness ( plus the obvious hoppy bitterness ) , chocolate ( powder ) , very creamy mouthfeel ( LOVE it ) , perfect carbo . Creamy and chocolatty aftertaste that is rather sweet but than turns slightly elegant bitter .
Love this beer, more than anyone else of the group
teemoney (86) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle into snifter. Dark brown/ black with thin cream colored head that dissipates to a thin film on top of the beer and sides of the glass. Scent has some sweet citrus fruits right away, with dark grains in the background. Taste has plenty of fruit and bread, with a nice slightly bitter finish. Feel is smooth, with some slippery resin. Alcohol is masked very well. Really solid beer. I really like it.
berkshirejohn (4645) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Wegman’s, West Seneca, NY. A pitch black pour with a thin beige head; earthy malt aroma with a trace of chocolate; soft, milky, stout-like body to start with some gently persistent hops providing a dry finish. I was expecting something more assertive.
andriesradu (513) - ROMANIA - AUG 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is heavy hoppy, malty, light grassy. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration,fruity hops, and some light chocoalte/roasted notes.
berntholer (993) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dense beige head, leaves lacing. cola coloured. aroma of raisins, dates, roasted malts, chocolate, bit boozy. taste like aroma, chocolate, liquorice with a bitter aftertaste that lingers. quite dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. like a hybrid quad&bipa, nice! bottle 33 cl
BeerdedDave (502) - - JUL 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
black color; citrusy hop aroma with roasted malt notes; dark roasted malt and citrusy hop flavor; a great, bitter, hoppy beer with plenty of dark, roasted malt to back it up; some alcohol notes; well balanced
bigda83 (259) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz Bottle from super pack. Pours a deep brown. Aroma of malts, chocolate, espresson, and a bit of citrus. Taste on the sweeter side, some metal, coffee, orange, and grapefruit. Didn’t get much chocolate in the taste. The super pack was of course old and this was bottled in Feb so it’s possible that had an effect. I always pass this up at the brewery but it came in the pack so I tried it out.
renffisch (821) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the black heart Camden. Not that I’m biased loving hops more than any god would permit and generally rallying for the darker art if ale... This stuff just rocks. Black nectar ambrosia with a tinkle of extra hop for your liking. Fancy!!