oneeighthcuban (106) - - APR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at steel toe. Smell is hoppy with a hint of roasted malts. Flavor is predominitely hops, wouldn’t mind a bit more of the maltiness/bitterness from the roasted malts coming through on this one. One of my favorites from Steel Toe so far, would drink again.
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose is dank and resiny at first, but settles into a nicely floral bouquet. Rich palate, bordering on a stout but with the subtle fruity esters of a IPA, which I appreciate. Flavor is well-balanced, but assertively hoppy and truly in a NW old school style, with leafy and mildly piney hop flavors. A very well executed beer regardless of style, and personally I like sticking with CDA as a tribute to the real trailblazers ;) Well done - I’ve not had a minnesota beer that made me this happy in years.
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a bottle. Black color. Aroma has moderately roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is a blend of hops, bitter, dry malt and some more coffee here also good for a black ipa.
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 mL bottle supplied by Stine - many thanks! Consumed with WillRunForBeer and an annoyingly needy pup. To long-stemmed white wine glass, it pours a rusted reddish-tinted mahogany dark brown with which a trim off-white ringed hewd half a finger in length stood. Aromas of Camel cigarette butts, melted wax, torrified wheat, spent grain, minced garlic, unripe guava, sweat, and licorice root. Tastes the same with the addition of skim milk, baking chocolate powder, Midwest hops, and crushed juniper berries. I had experienced more hop bitterness (keyword here: "earthiness") than chocolate or roast, so this pungent aspect had certainly taken me by surprise, but it wasn’t despised at the end of the night. Delectably sinewy. Took me a while, but I finally managed to finish my glass. A lot going on in each sip. Not really how I prefer my Black IPAs, but was still quite good.
WillRunForBeer (2269) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Radarsock. Thanks, Andrew! Pours mahogany with a clingy beige head. Aroma is toasty, caramel, pine. Flavor follows nose. A bit chocolaty up front. Balance slightly towards the hop. Roasted malt smooths out the finish.
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a hint of an amber hue and a chocolate brown that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces nicely. Aroma has some chalky dark grains with a bit of chocolate and a pine bite. Flavor has much more pine and grass with a backbone of dark grains and a bit of bitter chocolate.
gopherfan99 (1248) - CROATIA - NOV 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap; pours nearly black with a tan head; aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, and pine; taste is bitter chocolate and then hops; has a dry bitter finish; good black IPA
PhillyCraft (5752) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extra in trade, Thanks Ebin. Pours pitch black with large off white, tiny bubble head. The top faded after a minute or two to a ring. Aroma of pine, chocolatey malt, faint spruce and resinous hops. Flavor is strong pine, light roast malt and some grapefruit/light grape hop notes. Mouthfeel is perfect on this with just the right amount of bitterness. Nicely done
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Haskell’s, Minnetonka. Black pour with some chestnut highlights. Light khaki head. Aroma of pine cone, dirt, a bit of chocolate. Dirt-rubbed conifer. Hint of marmalade. Taste is quite bitter, dry. Pine cone, resin. Abrasive PNW bitterness. Dry cocoa and ash. Roasted malts. Very much a dry bitter bomb. Medium body, active carbonation. Pleasing, but difficult.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Ebony with beige foam. Nose is pineapple, orange, light dark roast and mango. Medium body with zesty, tickling carb. Taste is pineapple, resiny pine and melon with building bitter coffee, tobacco and ash. The dark base is subdued enough to let the fruity hops shine. My kind of Cascadian IPA.
Ericular (961) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown, with light brown head that fades to a thin layer leaving great lacing. Aroma is a clean, balanced mix of moderately juicy hops and moderately roasted chocolate malts. Lots of flavor, still pretty balanced, but leaning towards the bitter end on both sides - dry cocoa and coffee bitterness and a lighter, secondary pine resin bitterness to complement. In the end, very bitter and flavorful. Just a bit too coffee bitter to become a top-notch Black IPA for me.