alexsdad06 (5885) - Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle shared by Chris. Pours a clear cola brown with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma and flavor have a tart, funky thing going on like there is some infection, wood, tannins maybe, but doesn’t seem much like a black IPA.
PorterPounder (5704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Fermentation Lounge - on tap. Dark, black. tar-like pour, medium thick mocha colored head, nice sticky web of lacing. Fresh, aromatic spruce-like aroma with a touch of earthiness followed by some fresh black dirt accents. Brief licorice notes in the flavor, some chocolate accents, citrus hints and an earthy back end of fresh potting soil. Mouthfeel is sufficiently chewy and thick. All in all, very solid and I am liking what I am seeing from this brewery thus far.
Suttree (5265) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to my 2013 Summer Secret Santa for this one! Pours reddish brownish black, with a huge tan head. Spicy, piney aroma, with notes of coffee. Flavor is much more coffee-ish than the aroma suggests, plus some piney flavors mixed in. Some other vague woody notes as it warms. Crisp finish. Really tasty stuff!
decaturstevo (5213) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is roasted maltiness, coffee, and resiny hops. Flavor is semi sweet malt start with the roastiness coming through. A nice bitter finish, a touch of which I think comes from the malt. Just a touch fizzy at the end but solid @bp
radagast83 (5062) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one at SAVOR. Aroma was roasted malts, not overpowering - which is often my issue with a lot of Black Ales. A touch of earthy citrus and earthy notes to it as well. Flavor was earthy notes, citrus, roasted malts. Pretty tasty.
BrewDad (5025) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black in color, clear with a thin tan head. Nice Dark ale aroma and light finish. I was impressed with the aroma more than the flavor. This was a decent dark ale attempt.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to G311 for sharing this one. Served in a mini tulip.
Pours a very dark brown color with a nice off-white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good dosage of pine and light roast plus faint citrus in the background. Flavor is also roasty with a nice hop component. Light-medium body and good carbonation. Very solid.
Ferris (4995) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Roasty grapefruit. Lots of roast with a hoppy bitterness. Nice and balanced with a great finish.
jmgreenuk (4973) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at GABF 2013. Poured a dark mahogany with a frothy off white head. The aroma is weak grassy hop. The flavour is medium to weak bitter with a liqourice bitter dry hop slightly watery palate with the slightest hint of barnyard.
markwise (4544) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at GABF 2012. Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head. Nose is some coffee, some pine, some mild citrus, and some roasted malts. Flavor follows closely to the nose. Interesting Black IPA overall.
Earlier Rating: 5/18/2011 Total Score: 3.6
On draft at Cigar City for the Swamp Head Tap Takeover. Pours a thick murky brown with a tan head. Nose is nice malt presence, and some roast, plenty of pine, bitter citrus, and earthy herbacious hops. Flavor is nice amount is malt, some coffee-esque flavor, and fair amounts of hops. Medium-bodied and a nice black IPA.