DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Craft. Pours deep black with 2-finger tan head. Big piney hop nose matched by dark malt and chocolate. Tastes resiny hoppy up front, with the dark malt catching up nanoseconds later. Gets ever so s;ightly sweet as it warms, stays complex, and stays very malty. I still cannot totally resolve this style, as the hops never seem to meld as well with dark malt as caramel or pale malts, but this one was a fine example of the style.
unclemattie (4318) - Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
VOLUME 10. 22oz bottle, foil wrapped. Pours jet black, light tan head. OMG, the aroma. Woody spruce hops, loads of hops. A touch of smoke, peat, and burnt grains. Flavor is a bit of burnt grains, light bacon, and bold hop bitterness. A little smoke. Very nice roast, even better bitterness. Nice char, wood, and pine. Loads of hops. Very yum, slightly Krunk.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark, thin and black with a thick foamy head. Aroma of citrus hops and chalky powdered cocoa. Flavor is more of the powdered cocoa with a strong hop backbone. Very nice brew. One of my favorites of the Side Project series.
jrob21 (2770) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow reading through the reviews and the experiences and descriptions are all over the place. I got a bit of pine and bubblegum aroma. The flavor is where the black part of this really came out. Mid palate had a lot of roasty thick malt flavors and the texture was slightly gritty like cocoa. The finish had a bit of citrus and some pine again. One of the more entertaining side projects. Glad they hit a good one with version 10.
phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle as an extra in a trade with JCB- thanks again, Jason! Pours a dark opaque brown, basically black, with a tan head that leaves some soapy lacing in the glass. Aroma of earthy hops, dark roasted malts, dirt, pine, wood, grass, and toasted brown sugar. Flavor of earthy hops, dark roasted malts, pine resin, citrus, grass, charred wood, earthy notes, dust, dark chocolate, and just a little coffee. Finishes roasty and bitter. Medium-bodied, with average carbonation and a dirty mouthfeel. Not a typical IPA, and certainly worth a try.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle tasted blind on 4/9/10. Pours dark brown with huge mocha head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel with hints of oak and pine. Nice sweetness then a great bitter mocha finish. Balanced carbonation that really brought out the roasted malt.
TomDecapolis (4590) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2010 Tap at Capones. Pours a deeper brown almost black with a medium creamy tan head that coated the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, great orange and floral hops. Flavor of this great hop flavor, orange, floral and other citrus. Also getting toasted malt and caramel.
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber courtesy of ughsmash, thanks! pours a medium black with a light brown head that leaves good lacing. aroma is a slightly subdued hop profile with soem hints of baking cocoa and roast. the taste starts as a nice hoppy ipa, then nicely transitions into a slightly creamy bitter chocolate finish. good palate, a bit astringent.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Midtown. Pours a coffee brown with a two finger brown head that diminishes to a ring. Roasty aroma out of the fridge, but more tropical fruit as it warms. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Bold roasty malt core countered by a grapefruit rind and piney bitterness. Slight astringency on the finsh with some lingering resin. Not bad. Some Black IPAs seems to fight for identity on the palate. Perhaps I am not used to them yet, but this definitely fits the mold of this unofficial style
ebmalon (62) - Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to pint glass. Pour is dark brown to black, loose tan head with subtle lacing. Nose is all hops fading to roast malt. Mouth is smoky malt with a bit of sweet. Finish is bitter, coffee but smooth. Pretty nice.