boxofrane (2417) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours black with a small tan head. Smells very roasty with some hop notes. Taste is medium bitter with a strong finish. Awesome.
Chudwick (2441) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft - pours black with tan head and great lacing. Spruce nose and eventually becomes roasty. Balanced taste-wise at first, but quickly dominated by the bitterness. long bitter aftertaste.
RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Super dark brown, just about black with a medium light brown head. Aroma is strong resin hops with a fairly small roasted malt aroma. The stout character is much more present in the taste, lots of coffee, caramel and some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, heavy bitter, dry finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Good beer.
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells exactly like itís name suggests it would. As well, it taste exactly as itís name suggests. Plus, good. Not great but damn good. Itís full of the bitter and chocolate and coffee and with piney and citrus and blah blah ba frackiní blah. Itís a real good black IPA. Iíd recommend it.
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at GBBF, 7/8/12. Opaque brown. Aroma - Grapefruit, quite piney, grassy, aromatic spiciness, hops, bit of grape, bit roasty/choc malt. Taste - Very piney, terpene flavours. Grapefruit flavours, but little bitterness. Bit of a spicy tang, but mainly sweetish. Bit choc malt. Good balance of darker, sweet malts & grapefruit, piney & aromatic hops. Body is medium-thick, slightly syrupy, soft.
solidfunk (5312) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Exactly what I needed to erase the taste of the Schlitz Gold I just drank. Pours very black with lots of lacing. Smells of hops and roast malt. Lots of roast, lots of hops. Not sure how fresh this is but itís still pretty good. Very bitter taste with a little dose of sweetened, caramel malt at the end. Bomber.
dojken (358) - - 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.
DCLawyer (1866) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Black with nice frothy head. Intense hops. Good IPA, but not complex and if you close your eyes, would not know it is a black ale.
joshwoodward (572) - - DEC 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite dark in color and flavor. Quite hoppy, but Iím still not sold on the black IPA idea.
rarbring (1835) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Smelling of sweet dark fruits, grape-fruit, pine resin.
Appearance: A dark brown beer. A low tan head with small lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting sweet toffee and honey, marmalade and grape-fruit peel.
Palate: Medium low carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A good body with a dry finish.
Overall: Well done, but not overwhelming. Possibly too high expectations from me.
Note: Bottle 650 ml at a De Klomp tasting. Reviewed 2012-12-08.