islay (2276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz. pour, on tap at Busterís on 28th. Consumed on 11-4-12. Pours a clear, dark brown with an amber hue and a small amount of beige head. Weak but enjoyable, dry and hoppy aroma features coffee with cream scent. Pleasant taste is well balanced, both hoppy and malty: Coffee, caramel, and some citrus elements. Light to medium body. Lively in the palate. Easy to drink. Overall, the beer is nice but not special.
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Golden Nugget Minnesota. Pours out pretty much black with a small white head. Aroma is of some roast, coffee, dark chocolate, light bitterness. Taste is solid, pretty much a dumbed down darkness. Burnt roasty malts, light coffee, chocolate, licorice, molasses. Pretty solid, definitely flavorful.
ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 mL bottle. Pours black with an ample khaki head. Smells of nutty and lightly nutty malts. Tastes of light roasted malt. A little creamy with some very light chocolate. Just a bit of pine hops. Really not a very dynamic flavor. Light body. Kinda boring. Not a black IPA, really. I know itís not supposed to be a heavy beer, but this is pretty watery and bland.
arkurzynski (2268) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Sweet, green pine with molasses and light roast. Brown sugary molasses and sweet pine with faint roast.
Ericular (965) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with lasting chocolate milk head and good lacing. Aroma is very nice, with sweet lactose, dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate. Taste is lactose milk stout up front, remaining approachable as the hops and carbonation make a dent, a hint of coffee, then finishing sweet and roasty. Overall itís light and drinkable. Not bad, not amazing, not quite worth itís bomber premium, although it is a full 750mL.
saltyseadog (47) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Windsor Hy-Vee in a Sam Smith pint glass. Smells of milk chocolate, warm milk, plums, raisins, caramel, vanilla, soy sauce and wet earth. Pours the color of new motor oil with two fingers of pillowy head and a trace of carbonation on the sides of the glass. Rich lactic caramel and vanilla up front, followed by medium-roast coffee with a hint of ripe fruit mid-palate and a lingering cafe au lait finish. Astonishingly light- to medium bodied, creamy, slightly sweet and mouth-coating. A fascinating brew. Itís not Darkness to be sure, not even something Iíd say that aspires to be Darkness, but rather something surprisingly light and balanced for a dark beer, with vague hints and traces of the deep rich sinfulness that Darkness is. I like it. I like it a lot. Itís certainly a lot cheaper and a lot easier to open than those wax-sealed Darkness bottles. Thanks again Surly!
bookman10 (962) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
As a black IPA, not that great. As a curiosity beer, not bad. Pours a deep, dark black with good-sized head, though one that very quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Aroma is full of coffee and roasted grain. Flavor also has a lot of coffee to it, plus some licorice/anise, dark fruit, roasted grains, and just a bit of hop-pine lingering in the background. Iím glad I got a chance to try, but a bit disappointed that it wasnít a bit more awesome.
ryecatcher (1354) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Almost opaque brownish-black pour with massive, foamy beige head, exceptional retention and lace. Nose is roast, coffee, pumpernickel, malt, notably not hoppy at all in the nose (donít see a date so no idea how long this was in the bottle). Mouth is medium bodied, some roasty notes, cocoa, brown sugar, mild bitterness but no hops. More like a porter than anything. Not bad, but not remarkable either. Especially if this is essentially a partigyle from the same mashtun that produces Darkness.
drpimento (3181) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really freaking good. Upon opening the bottle I ainít got with so good fresh hops. Aroma out of the class includes toasted malt. Flavor loses some of the pop character but not too much and what stands out is The Malt and the roasted barley soft texture and super drinkable excellent finish killer beer
daje (4123) - NORWAY - JUL 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mikkeller & Friends, march 24th 2016. Black body with a brown head. Aroma of sweet licorice, roast and piney hops. Taste is dry and fresh, roasty with lots of bitterness and a fruity touch. The roast really takes the front seat towards the finish, leading to a bitter mildly fruity aftertaste. Robust one, not the hop juicy stuff many black ipas are, an interesting take on the style.
Ungstrup (34660) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, caramel, and alcohol, leading to a dry roasted finish.