Sammy (8529) - 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 (4126) - 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 (2334) - 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 (787) - 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 it’s decent enough. Too high ABV for sessioning really though.
mrhoppy (1284) - 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 (3306) - 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 (4528) - 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 (1019) - 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.
jredmond (5296) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at blind tiger with Linh. Pours a deep amber brown body with tons of down lacing. Aroma is light hop. Mouthfeel is medium to light with nice bitter hop and sweet caramel chocolate malt.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some pine hops and a bit of citrus, and some coffee and bready smells.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts and grapefruit and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, some pine hops and a bit more bitterness comes through with some coffee and a bit of bready malts. The finish is a mix of chocolate malts, pine hops, citrus zest, and some roasted coffee.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and bready finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced Black IPA with good malty flavors and just enough hops.