Chrishrt30 (98) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black and oily, thick creamy off white head.
Big fruity and floral aroma, toasted malt, caramel, toffee and a slight musky hint.
Medium thickness, big caramel, licorice, strong hits of grapefruit, which lead through to the finish.
Bitterness of burnt toast and Vegemite, good citrus hit right towards the end.
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john_henry (98) - - MAR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great black IPA, but not the best.
Pretty simple, imagine a fairly run of the mill IPA and paint in black.
Iím pleased you donít get the roast notes you often get in black IPAís, which I personally donít feel should be too evident. However I have to say it was a little disappointing, but Iíll certainly have it again, and look forward to having it closer to the brewery, rather than after itís travelled all the way to Japan. Just feels the hops have dropped out a little.
Gamin (97) - - AUG 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle about three weeks after it's enjoy by date so keep that in mind. Pours a deep black with a nice head that holds for a little while. Smells mostly of hops (mostly grass) with little to no roastiness noticeable. Taste is bitter up front with a balanced hop character and a bit of roasted malt at the very end. It goes down easy and is complex and interesting. You can't really go wrong with this one. Based on this example I would not be scared off if it's a bit past its enjoy by date, especially if you can get a deal.
Proeferius (97) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle@home, pours black with medium head. Taste of chocade, resin. Meerbier : thanks for sharing.
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.
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.
jbdpsu82 (95) - 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
NatKadaw (95) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best of all the black ipaís Iíve tried over the years. Marked hop aroma and presence. Roasted malt backbone but no ashy or strong roasted bitterness.
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.