Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at TDA, it was a big ’ole pint too. Rating #6. Dark black with a big beige head. Roasty hop aroma, light coffee. Clean roasty flavor, more piney hops and just pretty delicious overall. (1948)
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the brewery. Black with a pale head. Dry malt flavor with some chocolate. Hoppy stuff as to be expected. Clean profile overall with some nice citrus flavor. Nice balance of chocolate and hops but does neither particularly well.
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and grapefruit. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, light coffee, and grass.
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours with a black body and minimal head. Aromas of coffee, roasty, fudge, chocolate, pine, citrus, lightly dank hops. Flavors are roasty, chocolate, spice, pine, light alcohol. Citrusy. Roast is a bit aggressive and comes across a touch astringent. Medium to lively bubbles. This truly is a hoppy porter; over done on the roast.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is full of hops and other bitterness. The appearance is a very dark brown or blackish color, typical of most cascadian dark ales. The taste has hops in the beginning then the coffee and dark chocolate notes come through to add more complexity. Good beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Surf Brewing in Ventura, for a Black IPA, there wasn’t a whole lot of hop flavor. It was OK, but a bit mild