commonshawn (796) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at republic in pint glass. Black with one finger white tan head. Good lacing. Strong aroma. Malty and roasted . Full bodied. Toasted bread and bitter . Hops are there. Tastes like a black ipa, doesn’t do anything special.
Stine (1733) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, deep sienna brown pour. Grapefruit, mint coolant plus powdered chocolate aroma; balanced and reserved. Pungent herb and gamey roast combination. A subtle, low-lying dankness. All the desirable qualities are present in measured amounts, rather than in force.
Similarly, the flavor is layered, but clean and calm. Cherry, clementine, and grapefruit are dusted gently in brown sugar and earthy chocolate malt. Comfortable, mingling, confident. Pine and ash provide a grayish, misty forest framing.
Crisp and airy palate, shielding the alcohol in its evergreen cloud. Punch of citrus mid palate precedes the gentle, bittersweet and long finish. Like so many of Jason’s beers, this is a wonderfully understated, elegant example of an often noisy, forceful style.
Braudog (6114) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewery. This has an aroma of oil, almost. Drinks like many of the others among this new breed of "black IPAs," a trend I don’t particularly love. Yet another nice thick porter base, thrown off balance with an assertive pine oil finish. That sounds worse than it is ... this is still good. (#5659, 8/28/2014)
Guerde (1260) - Minneapolis, 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 I’d be hard pressed to identify exactly what it is. Hint of fennel in there too. Flavor isn’t as good as the aroma, but what’s here is still quite nice. Again, there’s 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 ID’ing 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 (2198) - 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 (1222) - 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 (9144) - East Lansing, 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 (1862) - 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 (2340) - 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 (461) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2015 En pression at brewery. Pint glass. St. Louis park.
Appearance: dark in color. Complete opaque. Tan head with good retention.
Aroma: hops- pine, pineapple. Roasted barley, chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee?
Taste: mildly bitter. Slight sweetness underneath.
Palate: medium body. Thick frothy texture. Long hoppy finish.
Overall: Well made. Nice balance of hops and roasted notes.