Guerde (1162) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours a black color with some ruby around the edges and a large tan head that takes a long time to settle and leaves a good deal of lacing. Aroma is a nice combo of fresh and roasty scents, with an interplay between the fresh piney and juniper scents (reminds me of gin) and the roasty scents that are predominately cocoa and brownie. Never thought gin and brownies together would smell so good. Bit of a citrus element here too, but Iíd be hard pressed to identify exactly what it is. Hint of fennel in there too. Flavor isnít as good as the aroma, but whatís here is still quite nice. Again, thereís a good bunch of chocolate (not so much brownie-like, but more like dark chocolate or cocoa), roasted malt, and nice little stings of fresh juniper and pine. Again, that citrus elements peeks through towards the finish, but again I have trouble positively IDíing it (perhaps grapefruit). Actually exhaling does reveal a good dose of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is thin and carb is appropriate. No trace of the 7.5% abv and this drinks a lot smaller than it is, but maybe the thin mouthfeel assists in that perception. Overall a really solid Cascadian Dar......err, I mean Black IPA.
piscator34 (1949) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Fairly herbal on the nose with notes of juniper and black licorice mixing with the roast and pale malt elements. The strong herbal influence continues on in the mouth as well, mixing with milk chocolate, ash, evergreen, and pale malt. Moderate bitterness. Solid overall.
devman171 (912) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Chase! pours black with medium head. Aroma is pine resin and dark roast. Taste is clean with a nice roast and bitter dry finish. nice black ipa
arminjewell (6095) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks to Caleb! Dark black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of nice pine, spice, hints of vanilla, nice dark fruit into roast, coffee notes, slight touch of spruce or mint as well. Taste is a mix of spruce, pine, grass into some spice, earth into chocolate, roast, some coffee, finishing fairly bitter, dry.
islay (1074) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Majority portion of 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 12-13-13. Pours dark mahogany with a moderate amount of long-lasting, uneven, taupe head. Produces thick lacing. Appetizing appearance. Clean, yeasty, mineral-y, dry smell. Roasted malts in the aroma. Flavor of dark chocolate brownie with a dry, hoppy finish. Caramel, vegetal taste. Medium body. Soft in the palate. Mmm, this is really good! It deserves the 4 I am giving it.
ElGaucho (2193) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. A very welcome hop aspect greets the nose right away. Fully opaque body. Hops do not come through in the flavor. Much drier than promised by the aroma. Unique flavor. Dry chocolate. Almost white head. Really good when it warms.
ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
En pression at brewery. Pint glass. St. Louis park.
Appearance: dark in color. Complete opaque. Tan head with good retention.
Aroma: hops. Malted barley and maybe coffee?
Taste: mostly just bittnerness.
Palate: medium body. Thick frothy texture. Long hoppy finish.
Overall: not my preferred style of beer, but it is well made. Very hoppy.
coreyvan (15) - Fridley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mouth feel like a pale ale
After feel bitterness of one
But the grape fruit/ apricot mixed with the caramel and smoky undertones make me think porter or stout
Something very different
I like it
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like it pours black, but seems to be a crystal ruby red around the edges. Small off-white head. Aromas of pine, very light coffee, and another aroma which seems similar to pot. Weird. Taste is toasty like coffee, more pine and an almost curry-like hop flavor. Very interesting, pretty good.
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portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a tight foamy soapy khaki head that slowly fades way to a thin foamy film. Aroma has solid bitter hops of pine/spruce with big roasted malt burnt toffee and hidden coffee. Taste has more big bitterness of pine spruce some hidden citrus and roasted malt faded coffee and brunt toffee/caramel. Palate is medium smooth and dry with a coating feel in the finish. Really nice! This needs to be a regular, in their line-up!