drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 Strong pine aroma. The hops hit first but then itís really creamy and chocolaty (especially if you hold it in your mouth for a sec). "Black IPA"? Ok, I guess; sort of a beer that doesnít know what it wants to be. But Iíd be lying if I say I didnít kinda liked it.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bomber - Pours a very deep dark brown, almost black out the light. The head is tan and frothy, mountainous at first, then settling to a creamy layer on top. Aroma is wonderful - huge citrusy, grapefruit and orange(!) against some spicier notes underneath. Extremely inviting and refreshing seeming. The flavour is spicier and deeper, with pine mingling with the citrus, some roastier malt, and dark fruit. Very complex and interesting, notably the difference between the aroma and flavour and what is revealed in both. The mouthfeel is creamy and full and the finish is bitter with notes of coffee and chocolate coming forward. Awesome.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle, drank approx 1 month ago. Dark brown/mahogany with a beige head. Neat - nose of pine, grapefruit hoppiness and some roast. Intense grapefruit, pine then roastiness/chocolate with an astringent, harsh aftertaste. Medium bodied with somewhat of a watery texture and moderate carbonation. Normally, I like the mixture of PacNW hops with chocolate/roastiness but it doesnít quite work here. Will try again.
jb (2168) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For some reason I had thought this was a Belgian Quad or something based on memory, and the initial pour supported that. Dark almost to black with reddish highlights. Decent starting tan head fades with some retention. But then, I took a whiff and was in a pine forest and knew this was nothing they ever thought of in Belgium. The palate is nice, sweet, well balanced, and more complex as it warms. Very unique and interesting as billed.
Floback (524) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a mysterious black with two thumbnails of tan head. Fine veils of lacing. Big lawn-hops in the nose with vinous berries. More sharp hops with fresh vinous fruits and rich malts. High carbonation and full body. Finishes crisp and clean. Robust flavors of malt are well-balanced with the solid hop presence in the mouth and nose. Smooth velvety palate. Incredibly delicious and satisfying.
Aquilo (539) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like a good stout, except that is almost has a reddish tinge to it. Very dark brown with a THICK head. Smell is hoppy, with a candy-honey-flowery scent that seems so familiar, but I canít quite think what it is. Flavor has just a hint of hops. Roasted malt and honey. Nice creamy finish. Rather good.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting flavor combining a stout and an IPA. Suprising taste for the dark color of the beer. The taste is similar to some of their other IPAs but with an increased malt presence. Very complex flavor of roasted malts and citrus hops.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops dominate the aroma,has that somewhat flowery nature,I donít get to much of the citrus, you get the aroma,of a huge blend of different hops,well done though,and defintely hints of caramel and brown sugar in background,love that brown ruby highlighted color for this hoppy of a brew,taste is again hop dominated,with that flowery but not overpowering taste,substantial malt backing. Just a big old bodied hop dominated brew,that just tastes like there were a ton if ingredients tossed in the kettle. Thanks Kingpin for sharing
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is big hoppy some grapefruit and pine. Poursdark amber almost opaque. Redness comes out when lookked at aginst light. Has a nice caramel head that leaves light lacing on the glass. Big robust hoppy flavor that is typical of stone ales. The citrus flavor is very powerful. Grapefruit is most prominant but there is some other citrus as well as pine, resin, and I picked up a hint of roasted malt. Surprisingly well balanced flavor with the 8.7% abv. well hidden. The finish is slightly bitter. Mouth feel is medium to light and very smooth.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Really dark with an oily cream colored head. Aroma is almost all hops - pine and resin everywhere, grassy, floral kick. Alcohol comes through. Flavor is alright - tastes like a pretty average DIPA, except at the end. The bitterness is different, but not necessarily better or worse. Bitter and roasty at the end. The first sip I took I thought I wasnít going to like this beer at all. But after a few more, itís actually pretty good. I was all ready to condemn this beer in the beginning, but itís actually pretty well balanced and tasty. The color definitely threw me, think DIPA when you drink it.