hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle acquired in trade. Poured a dark brown, almost black with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, coffee, pine, and floral. Tastes of coffee, roast, pine, some earth, and lighter chocolate.
jjgmd (1588) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark deep muddy brown pour with a small creamy have head. Nose is hoppy and bittersweet with descent citrus. Tadte is bitter with some pine and rest and a myriad of citrus. Finishes on hoppy notes as well and ends on a nice bittersweet citrus flavor. Nice BIPA ! Quaff Score 8 / 10
decaturstevo (5303) - 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
Sledutah (5480) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared on the RBWG brew bus
Clear brown with a medium sized beige head, good lacing. Aroma of toasted malts and bready. Flavors of toasted malts and chocolate
djd07 (4532) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle during RBWG thanks to Swamp Head. Pours a clear brown with small beige head. The aroma is bready malt and wet hop. Thin mouth with roasted malts, chocolate light dry finish.
Lubiere (10613) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown ale with a thin frothy brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with grassy hops, light coffee grind, musty character, pleasant and complex. In mouth, a nice bitter sweet chocolate with fruity esters, light floral hops, grapefruit pulp, woody notes, very nice. Bottle.
jkwalking05 (4009) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle black with a good sized beige head. Aroma is of pine, roasted malts, chocolate, grapefruit. Taste is of pine, roasted malts, bitter herbs, and cocoa.
zgaier (1520) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head and hoppy, citrusy aroma. Taste is hoppy and citrusy with pine up front along with nice roasted melt and chocolate notes that go into the finish. Very nice black IPA
travita (4231) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The look is dark, brownish, tan head. The smell is hops, toast, roast, slight fruit, nice. The taste is hops, malts, fruits, roast, good.
Travlr (14159) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at RBWG 2015 courtesy of Swamphead, thanks! Nicely roasty, light body makes it easy to drink.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This fluffy Black Pale Ale benefits from floral and fruity notes, making the roasted chestnut and tobacco allusions become even more engaging.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark mahogany.
-The mouthfeel is very comfortable, just like their bottled Smoked Porter’s.
-This is quite intricate!
-The resinous hop bitterness balances out the malt and yeast contributions.
-All in all, this is very drinkable.