J_man (664) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Charred wood, cocoa, floral and tropical fruit aromas and light vegetal taste in the background from a clear dark brown/orange body with a light tan head. More cocoa in the taste along with tangy grapefruit bitterness, then a dry, charred bite. The bitterness seems to build as you go, but there’s enough juiciness and dark chocolate sweetness to keep it in check. Finishes very dry and keeps it going on the tongue long after it’s gone. Very tasty black IPA.
DedicatedToFun (2002) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great IPA on tap at Venice Alehouse, lots of dark malts mixed with those delicious piney hops, very good.
GT2 (7863) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Venice Ale House thanks to DedicatedToFun! Clear cola red pour with almost nitro looking tan foam. Big complete lacing. Nose is savory with soy, grilled apple, tootsie roll, mild butter, walnut. Slightly mealy palate with decent nuttiness and wicked walnut dry bitterness. No flaws. Medium body with very high IBUs. Rich, spicy finish.
peteinSD (1280) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark red/brown pour with a hefty tan head. Aroma is heavy roasted grain and pine with hop bitterness. Taste roast with light chocolate and some bitter coffee with bitterness. Clean mouthfeel. Roast heavy but hop light. Decent.
Getbetter (720) - Cucamonga, California, USA - JUL 4, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle,a very dark red,roasty,white head,medium body,oily feel, average carbonation, this is a great black ipa.
Bule (571) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle pours a dark dark brown with a foamy head. Strong hop flavors and a bit of roasted malt but not a lot of balance in the taste.
DavidWoodruff (387) - Windsor, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: Pine resin and grapefruit.
Appearance: Black with a substantial brown head.
Flavor: Acrid. burnt grain and plenty of hop bitterness.
Palate: Medium bodied, well carbonated a touch watery.
Overall: A good example of what is basically wrong with this style - the astringency of dark roasted grain with aggressive hop bitterness. It is born to be out of balance.
radagast83 (4125) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma was a nice hop character, lots of citrus notes, pine, tropical fruits surrounded by nice roasted malts that balance it out. Flavor was a nice roasted malt character, with plenty of sweet notes of piney and citrus hops. Pretty tasty and quite an enjoyable brew.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from bytemesis - thanks, Mike! Potent dark brown pour with a sticky, filmy head. Some pine dankness in the nose, but overall there’s some pretty serious char going on. Tons of roasted malts and dark grains, with some pungent herbal hops lumped in for balance. Not a great example of the style, though.
deyholla (5958) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a very dark hazy brown with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a musty pine note with some earthy dark grains and a good amount of roasted malts. Flavor is similar with a strong roasted malt note supported by a bit of resin and pine as well as underlying dark grains.