INDASTRIA (129) - Berlin & Rome, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thatís definitely a big boy. just after you look at the label youíll already be having an idea of what you are going through. once the cap is off, a strong flavor hits your nose. muscular aspect: solid black body with no mercy for the others colors, cappuccino big rocky head. The aroma has so many sides: hops (a lot of it), grass, resin, vegetables (mostly onion. not so fresh bottle?), roasted burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruits. With the taste comes the masterpiece: a damned perfectly brewed BIPA. so, what iím drinking, an ipa? a stout? none of them and both. anyway malt, chocolate, coffee, hops, dark fruits, resin a little bit vanilla. The body is massive, the oily mouth-fell sticks your tongue out; itís not easy to finish it, but you canít stop drinking it, cause it damned good.
I had so many wannabe BIPA so far, but just few of them got the result. The Sublimely Self Righteous Ale just watch them and laughs ruling the style. As i wrote above, this wasnít a fresh bottle, so i didnít get all the citric, fresh fruit aroma that have been noticed in the other reviews probably. but the point is: this beer deserves a very high score when is not in a perfect shape. I can only image what could be my score for a fresh bottle... stone: we are not talking about craft beer, thatís the best, perfect way to brew beer
Kroney (128) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black... and I mean black, with a thick two-finger peanut butter colored head. Even with the roasted malt backbone, the aroma is all hops(pine, citrus, a little spicey). Flavor has much more roasted malt flavor than the aroma, which is a great change-of-pace for a heavy leaning hop head/ipa fanatic. Finishes with a nice warming effect too. Medium, small bubble carbonation... easy drinking, which could be dangerous with an abv just south of 9%.
minihame2 (128) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body, tan head. Aroma is rich with malts, some chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel, very light carbonation. Taste is also soft with slight bitterness. Overall itís a very good beer.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First beer in the SD tour and what a start. Deep dark brown/black with thin tan head. Malty caramel nose but not very strong; that is taken care of in the flavor of burnt malts and coffee which leaves the palate rather cleanly.
One2remeber (126) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, enjoy by 02/27/2014.
Prominent hop nose, fruity pepples, orange, light burnt/smoky.
Heavy citrus orange. Softer grain mouthfeel, perhaps oat, rounds out the smokiness.
Clean leafy hop oil resinous taste and aroma.
One of my all-time favorites. Clean, pronounced hoppiness,
jhwarfield (125) - USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black a bit like flatish coke. Small pebbly brown head. moulases flavor.
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with a medium tan head. This may be the perfect combination of IPA and porter. It tastes and smells like no other ale Iíve had and leaves me wanting more, every time.
mverity (124) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh, I donít care for this beer one bit. Too hoppy and the malt hasnít really developed much. Too smoky and roasty too. However, I sat on a bottle for like 6 months, and gave it another try, and holy crap itís amazing! It balances out so much better. The hoppiness dies down considerably, the smokiness too. The roasty maltiness tones down a ton too. Really smooths out and becomes extremely enjoyable.
v8powered (123) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a deceiving beer because it is dark in color but tastes much more like a Double IPA (which it is.) The dark malt is overtaken by the hoppiness. Most of the sweetness of the hops taken away. A little too bitter (not sure if it is the hop choice or just my expectation.) Still a good beer and I am glad I gave it a try.
SoylentBlack (122) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Just wow. I just want to sit and inhale the beer. It smells like it was just brewed today. The flavor and balance are perfect. Thereís something different... what is that? Fantastic beer. Buying a case tomorrow.