chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler fill from the Brewery. Pours dark black with a small white head. Slight aroma of hops. Flavor of malt and nice sweet hops. Flavor and aroma seem to have faded over the year. Had it earlier last year, and it was much better! OK.
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.
bigirishphan (99) - Peoria Heights, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with a small white head. Pretty good hops on the initial taste. The taste really stuck with means went from sweet to a tad sour. Good black ipa
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dojken (98) - - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good black IPA. Good aroma nice feeling in your mouth. At the end a very good nice after-taste.
emarkd (97) - Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber poured into a trappist glass. very dark beer, almost black with a slight reddish hue when held to the light. head is pale tan and small. almost disappears quickly but whatís left leaves nice lacing. aroma is mostly hops, resiny and piney with a hint of sweetness but not exactly vanilla. taste is very similar. fruity undertones are almost lost behind all the resiny flavors. the roasty toasty notes that must be there are hard to notice. long, bitter finish. a very good, complex beer but the hops are almost overpowering.
k9coug (96) - USA - OCT 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I better rate this beer half-way through the bottle less my intoxication empare my judgment (and my spelling). Loved the aroma, reminded me of juniper and Iím a big gin guy. Well balanced, caramel, distinctly bitter. Hard to believe it is a wine strength ale.
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have had this beer a number of times now and love it more with each tasting. Stone hop profile all the way: pine, slight citrus and hop funk mixed perfectly with chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Taste is the same with the chocolate and coffee notes in the middle and hops on all sides with a touch of a dark chocolate bitter finish. In my opinion, a truly style-defying ale.
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black, canít see through it, with a nice light brown head with nice lacing. Strong hoppy aroma of pine and citrus mixed with chocolate coffee. Taste starts off hoppy and finishes with chocolate and coffee. Long nicely bitter coffee finish.
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is bizarre. Pours a dark brown-black with a fizzy head. When I cracked the bottle I took a whiff and got blasted by the hops. This beer has a very citrusy/hoppy aroma. Very little in the way of malt. The taste is very hoppy and fruity; mainly orange and grapefruit. A good beer but Ruination puts this offering to shame.
jbdpsu82 (94) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark beer-bottle brown color with a foamy thick beige head. Smell is very malt forward, with a hop afterscent. Taste is of roasted malt, strong and delicious. Not boozy at all. Fantastic beer