steview (1036) - Petaluma, 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.
BillWyce (868) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle dated 2014. Pours clear ruby red-black with a 3 finger tan head. Light citrus aroma with notes of biscuit and char. Medium body, oily, with an astringent finish. Mild flavor of grapefruit peel with some biscuit. Light burnt note at the back.
Dogbrick (9818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Tehachapi Beer & Wine Festival on 07/18/2015: Brown-black color with a medium rocky tan head that diminishes gradually. Small patches of lace. Aroma of roasted malt, piney hops and caramel. Medium body with flavors of resiny hops, roast malt and fruit. The finish is malty up front with a piney hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
fezzy (105) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer has it all. Nose is mostly pleasant, juicy citrus fruit. Those grapefruit and pine notes follow in the flavor profile, balanced by bold, rich roasty malt with some mocha, finishing with the perfect touch of bitter to keep it quite drinkable. There is also a hint of licorice, which I normally don’t care for, but is tasty and profile enhancing in this one. Well-done. I would like to drink this again.
jjgmd (1784) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
With Z, pours a pitch black pour with a Java head. Nose is a blend of malt and hops. Taste is bitter , hoppy and had some black licorice notes. Finishes on the same bitter hoppy notes with a moderately long finish . Quaff Score 7 / 10
zgaier (1713) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours black with a tan head and aroma of hops, citrus, and roasted malt. Taste is bitter up front, lots of hops, resin, pine, and citrus with roasted malt and chocolate coming through into the bitter finish
VinegarStroke (345) - Napa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep brown to black with a frothy head and light lace. Roasted malt and hops. Clean. Dry palate, not sour and with moderate to high bitterness. The palate is fresh with high CO2 or acidity. The palate is dominated by hops followed by roasted malt.
Solid beer. Reasonable quality but one or two dimensional. It lacks complexity and maybe weight.
dhatton (215) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a translucent dark brown body with limited tan head. I picked up mostly sweet malts and light roast aromas. Nutty, malty taste with some hop bitters. I was hoping for more of a robust flavor profile, but this one fell a little short.
tcon25 (309) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour at home, very dark pour, roasted hop aroma, bitter black coffee taste, hops, stout quality’s but taste like a dark IPA.
probstblueribbon (3351) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep brown-black with a full, creamy tan head.
Aroma: A nice blend of roasted malts and resinous/dank hops, a certain twang from the hops that is hard to describe..., a wee bit of coffee and dark chocolate.
Palate: Medium+ body, full, fine, creamy carbonation.
Flav.: Lots of peppery, dank hops and roasted malt, a bit of cat piss, quite resinous, some alcohol; dry with fairly big bitterness and a long, very roasted and dank/resinous finish.
kespecial (164) - - DEC 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really nice black IPA, maybe my favorite from the brewery. Pours almost black, white-tan head with lacing. This is a sharp beer, but pleasingly so. Taste is an attack of hops and burnt malt. Slaps your palate but finishes clean and is oddly addictive.