chickenflea (280) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a deep rich black (although not opaque) with a medium thick tanned head. Lots of lovely lacing on the glass.
Aromas are interesting and predictable. Overiding aroma is sweet malts with dark dried fruits like prunes and raisons. Some roastiness as well. The hop aroma is muted. A touch of vanilla. Flavor is sweet and smooth. Medium bodied with notes of brown sugar, molasses, candy, vanilla. Finishes with smoky Red Man chewing tobacco. The hops are more spicy than bitter in this brew and they are very understated until the very end. A rich beer. The complexity on the finish saves it from being too rich. A good brew. Southern Tier is really starting to earn my respect as on of the top micros in the US.
Crispy34 (156) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle share. Aroma is hoppy with some dark dryness. Appearance is a dark brown with some tan lacing. The taste is pretty hoppy. A nice dryness comes with the hop bitter. Overall, a decent beer. Would try again.
adamhorror (53) - USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with an oat colored two finger thick head. Aroma is crisp, pine, malt, touch of citrus. Taste is mild chocolate, bittersweet, touch of citrus. Palate is smoky, dry, medium body, with slight bitter sweetness. The glass retained a nice lace.
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artmcd8 (640) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery tour. Pours a deep black with a huge tan head. The bitterness and maltiness were quite balanced. The beer was sweet but finished clean with a crisp bitter bite.
charule (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught on tour at Southern Tier. Poured dark black light tan foamy head. Malty hop aroma. Peanutty bitter finish.
MrHangover (1097) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Beer Temple. Clear black, reddish pour with small beige head that lasts long. Aroma is licorice, roasted and slight hoppy. Flavor is quite sweet with a hoppy backbone and full of molasses and dark sugar. Sticky mouthfeel and medium carbo. Quite nice.
JorgeLee (712) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Keg in Craft Brixton. Dark brown almost black colour, thin head. Surprising lack of strong pine hops in the nose, in fact the whole thing was a bit bland, Muggins doing better than me in this round with his Oat. I just didnít get too much of either malt or the hops, it was smooth and pleasant enough but a bit boozy and a bit dull. And thereís no point in dull 9% beer.
redpooba (372) - New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark licorice ale with a thin white head. Fruity notes on the nose and black currant on the palate. Well balanced with the hops and sweetness. I really enjoyed it.
MHOSKINS (27) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a great surprise. A really good Black IPA. Smooth. Enjoy the darkness.
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ansermadide (1196) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You guessed it... this is a black ale. Its head is pretty sexy, thick and part white, part light brown in color, pocked with all sizes of craters and bubbles and leaving behind a thick, strong lacing. The aroma is pretty soft, much softer than I was expecting, with a pleasant, almost fruity and bready (dare I say fruitcake?) aroma topped with floral, earthy hops.
The flavor really takes you for a ride. The soft, almost creamy mouthfeel (you can even feel the head as it enters your mouth) slides in to first deliver the beerís dark, roasted malt flavor, which starts to make way for a dark strong ale flavor as the creaminess subsides before faint echoes of coffee and dark chocolate lead to a finish thatís made up of all these characteristics, all at once. There is a little roasted malt bitterness, but not much - just enough to account for its darkness. Although hops are present and obviously contribute to the earthy and plant-like characteristics of beerís complexity, they donít stand out.
Overall, itís a well-balanced beer and very middle-of-the-road as far as black IPAs go. Some black IPAs have hop and roast bitterness, creating an offensive combination. Some are all malt bitterness and no hop presence, while some are all hops and, although black as night, have no roast bitterness. This one is a little of everything, well-balanced, and just strong enough to really make it worth anyoneís while.
SoberDave (115) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a nice foamy lingering head. Floral, chocolaty aroma gives way to the same in the beer, with a hint of fruitiness that dissipates without the characteristic bitterness. Goes down very smooth. Very nice beer.