mcberko (7046) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Bailey’s, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out buttery notes, lightly roasted malt, and light hops. Flavour brings out roast upfront, followed by a considerably harsh hop punch. Buttery palate, finishing on harsh woody, hoppy notes. Decent stuff, but a little off the mark.
beertholomeus (882) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a khaki head. Hop, roasted malt, chocolate and caramel aroma. Roasted malt, hops, chocolate and coffee flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Roasted bitter finish.
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at sb. Pours a grainy dark ebony with a dense and creamy tan head with plenty of lace, and they stick around. Sweet roasty piney nose, nice combination. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Roasty piney mid palate with a lingering sweet finish. Nice stuff--clean and drinkable.
drjay44 (2728) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 30) body.......nose is chocolate, cocoa from the malts, pine, resin, grapefruit from the hops, esters minimal....taste is rich chocolate, cocoa, slight caramel/toffee, hints of coffee, from the malts, balancing pine,resin, citrus peel from the hops, finishing with a heavy, lingering bitterness......mouth feel medium, minimally sticky, no astringency, alcohol warmth present, carbonation adds a clean light acid finish. This is a typical example of the style, with high hop aromatics leaping out, only to have the flavors to be balanced out by the roasted, but not overly much, malts. The clean finish is wonderful and makes this rich confection refreshing. I do not care for dominant resin nose nor the coffee notes in the taste. BJCP 9/3/14/5/7
Lubiere (10438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark IPA with a thick collapsing frothy brown head. In aroma, good floral hops with light chocolate notes, pungent and resinous. In mouth, a nice bitter chocolate with good floral and resinous hops, citrus pulp, well done. On tap at Downtown Brew fest LV 2013.
oRos (1200) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at capitol beer and taproom.pours black with brown head. Taste is big roasted malt with a nice hop come threw.
Arayaga2 (1810) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a poofy brown head , and a sweet, almost lactose stout aroma and a lavendar note. Taste is the same, with a narrow citrus peel note. $6/22oz
Ernest (6342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially large, creamy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with notes of vanilla, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
A bit difficult to enjoy, but ok...too resinous in the nose, and too sour in the mouth. Nice appearance and reasonably good mouthfeel, and no real flaws to speak of, but overall kinda rough and mediocre.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
651mL pouring at Congregation Azusa. Pours a clear deep brown with excellent beige head formation. Good lacing. Nose is hoppy, roasty, herbal, pine, sharper chocolate and grapefruit. On target for Black IPA. Taste is solid: bitter, roasty, just a tad dusty/chalky for me. But fairly nice.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Strong malty toasted flavor with a lingering aftertaste.