Thisis12ptfont (709) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong earthy aroma with subtle molasses and roasted barley. Deep black with nice lacing against the glass. Big bitter hops upfront with a strong, earthy malt behind it. Pleasant notes of cocoa, molasses, strong resin, and roasted nuts greet the palate. All topped off with just the right amount of booze on the finish. Overall, full bodied with a great, complex flavor and strong bitterness. Itís really well done. Iíd give this an A rating.
LetsGoState (545) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance is a small brown head with a deep brown. Aroma is a sweet malt. Taste is slightly sweet, but mostly bitter. Overall pretty well balanced.
Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Cannery. Its the way they make the style, a very good aroma of hops and roast Black with a big head and lots of lace. The taste does not deliver, its muted, but it is a smooth mouthfeel.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured black with a light tan head. Nice roast on the nose that meshed with earthy pine. On par for the style for sure. Bitter hopiness, with resinous black paper earthiness along with toasted grains, roast, dark malts and sweetness. Nicely done.
beersearcher (2165) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very cool label and this black/brown beer surprised me. Nice hoppy kick up front and then a bit of roast. Aroma is faintly citrus that plays well against the blackness. Almost like a chocolate bar flavored with orange.
HughConway (676) - Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber bottle. Pours black/mahogany, light tan head. Sweet malt aroma with a slight indistinct hint of hops. Taste is chocolate and coffee, bit bitter on the finish. Maybe call it a porter? Not alot going on but itís decent enough. Too high ABV for sessioning really though.
mrhoppy (1181) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First of all based on the flavor I think this has hop extracts. Basically a black Pliny. Something phony here. Hops in your face and all over the place.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Food Co-Op. The aroma on this is fairly sweet with some milk chocolate character present. Light herbal and piney hop notes. Not much else going on here. Not much roast or anything. Mostly transparent mahohany body with a frothy, light tan head that is pretty strong. Starts with a bit of an herbal, bitter hop bitterness, before this becomes a bit roasted and lightly burnt in the middle. Milk chocolate flavors come through in the finish. Medium body...not too dry or astringent. Ho-hum, ho-hum.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Labeled as a brown at the festival but this is a black IPA. Definitely on the mellow side of bitterness. Still a decent hop bite. Mostly this is an okay Johnny come lately black IPA.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hm. When it comes to San Francisco black IPAs I prefer Back in Black. This is thin and more malt-forward to me. The Back in Black is more lively and hop-oriented yet with a good body as well. This Speakeasy actually kinda reminds me of a porter. I would definitely take an Anchor Porter or Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA over this. To respect the intended style, I prefer Back in Black.