thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spaten Mug. This brew poured a dark brown (almost competely black) with a one finger tan head. The aroma of this brew was piney. The taste of this was a very smooth earthy flavor that intensified upon swallowing. The hops were very subtle and almost missed. It maintained evident lacing throughout. Overall this was a very nice brew that is easy to drink while still maintaining an earthy flavor. With that said, I would have enjoyed it much more if there was some balance to the earthy flavor. This was still quite good for a Black IPA.
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a frothy beige haze. Nose is grapefruit, pine, chocolate and coffee; odd but not bad. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is all kinds of bitter with citrus peel, Bakers chocolate, espresso and lime. Dry, black licorice finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Tylerís Bottle Shop, Carrboro. With more and more company, itís harder to make an impression in this style, and some of the underwhelming variants just make me want a regular olí IPA. Terrapin comes close to the mark here but doesnít quite reach the level of Stone, which is the benchmark for me. Nice oily dark brown pour with plenty of carbonation and a moderate head. Nose of pumpernickel and slight citrus, resinous hops. Mouthfeel is a tad too thin for me. The taste is a bit earthy, with dark bready malts reminding me of good deli. But then the hops come on fairly strong and make things a bit clashing. In some ways this is fun, like pinball in your mouth. But in other ways, I felt disappointed that there wasnít better integration of the many flavors going on. Still enjoyable, as evidenced by the solid rating. But not somethign Iíd go out of my way to have again.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, poured black with a large, soapy beige head. Nose has big notes of pine and citrus with secondary notes of chocolate an toasted malt. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel and ample carbonation. Flavor starts with piny citric hops which lead to some roasted dark malt notes. Pretty good amount of bitterness throughout this beer. Finishes toasted with more bitterness.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried both on tap and in bottle. The tap version had a much more pungent dry hopped aroma. Unfortunately this was lacking in the bottle. Medium body and bitterness with roasted undertones. It was definitely better on tap, but the bottle wasnít bad.
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Poured a brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of floral hops, a little earthy, pine, and light chocolate. Tastes of pine, floral, chocolate, and earthy.
Aurelius (4365) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, clear ruby brown. Lightly sweet, woody, a little raisin. Maybe a lottle more light bodied that I was expectig. Wood, acidic finish. Boozy bite. Fermentation Lounge.
Hangover (1064) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a lasting tan head. Aroma is hoppy, mostly citrus and light floral. Flavor is bitter with notes of chocolate and bread. Hops are evident throughout, again, mostly citrus, but not as pronounced as in the aroma. Very solid, dark, slightly roasted malt backbone make this a smooth sipper and very well balanced.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TJís: Aroma of hops, pine, citrus, black malt, and a hint of cocoa. Almost black in color, it poured very dark brown/ruby with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor is medium bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, black malt, light brown sugar, pine, and hints of smoke. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Piney hop, black malt, and brown sugar finish is lightly dry.
dchmela (2676) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Redlight during Hopfest 10! Big dark brown pour. Toffee, chocolate, cocoa, citrus hop aroma. Very hoppy, solid malt bill and a great drink. Good stuff!