nathan30533 (728) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great brew here. Smell of dark malts, kind of roasted possibly then some coffee noats too, and then the taste well thats the hops. Great lacing. Brown head on dark brew. Good smoothness. Great beer.
Cybercat (3573) - Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, warm sable with a very thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent beige head, more like a stout or porter than an IPA. Aroma, though, is quite hoppy like a typical good IPA, except that it has an undertone of molasses and hints of smoke. Flavor is fairly hoppy and yeasty with a nice smoky overtone and subtle hints of roast coffee and brown sugar - delightfully different! I am in love! Texture is smooth and quite tingly, albeit just a teensy on the thin side; it leaves a pleasantly smoky, hoppy and fizzy finish. Recommended!
zizzybalubba (1526) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown, nearly black, pour with a thick and creamy khaki head. Floral hop aroma with hints of light citrus. The smoky malt flavor hits the tongue first and finishes with bitter grapefruit rind, tangerine, and rose petals. The smokiness of the malt along with the fruitiness of the IPA give this beer a considerable amount of heft in terms of body. Overall this is an incredible IPA and a unique one at that.
finn1918 (203) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small, dense head. Pretty typical for a black IPA--lots of citrus hops on the nose and taste with a decent malt backbone. Good dry finish. Not an outstanding black IPA, but one of the better 12 pack beers Iíve had.
unclemattie (4284) - 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.
cjgator3 (5) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- Pours a dark black color with a large tan head that has excellent lacing and retention. Looks great in the glass.
S- The aroma is largely comprised of piney hop resins with very faint roasted malts. Smells great, canít wait to try it!
T- The taste like the aroma has some faint roasted malts in the background with the hops clearly stealing the show in this one creating a nice lingering bitterness that leaves you craving the next sip.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, this is probably my favorite Side Project beer to date. I really enjoyed it. Canít wait to try the next new release from Terrapin!
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Pours black with a thick light tan head that leaves several swaths and many specks of lace on the glass. The aroma is just what one would expect: lots of fruity, citrusy, lightly floral hops with a strong undercurrent of black malt and burnt toast - adds an almost savory component to the aroma. The flavor starts hoppy with lots of citrus, a little pine, hints of tropical fruit.... Then, still towards the front of the palate but starting towards mid-palate, a tasty and pleasant emergence of bitter chocolate. There are some bready and lightly sweet qualities here and there, but they are overpowered by complex, dry, and bitter flavors of hops and roasted barley. The finish is dry and both hoppy and roasty (a little more hoppy than roasty though). The mouthfeel is tickling with just the right amount of carbonation that quickly releases into a swirling, creamy flood of bubbles. It lightens the otherwise medium-full body marvelously. Overall, a very nice brew - bitter and twisted, but a little more satisfying, nuanced, and balanced than the last black IPA I tried (sorry, Stone).
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my other NB Worthy glass: Pours a deep cola brown turning near black topped by a big assed frothy tan head that left excellent lacing, beautiful brew. The aroma has notes of charred, nutty, caramel, coffee, and biscuity malts thrown around by some piney resiny and a touch of grassy noble hops too. I found a bit of anise, leather, tar, and bubblegum too. The taste is well balanced between the sweet and astrengent malts versus the snappy and spicy hops. Plenty of coffeeish and bakers dark chocolate too. The mouth feel is sprite and oily, a bit chalky but easily drinkable. A top notch Dark Cascadian Black India not quite so pale Ale. Mikey Likey damn it. deal. Next to Beer Here Dark Hops, the 2nd best of new genre I have had.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Brewvival. 1st rating! pours a dark, cola brown with a bubbly, light khaki head and spotty lace. aroma is excellent with massive pine esters, grapefruit, orange, and grass with light floral notes and subtle, toasted, cocoa malts. flavor is great as well and everything you would imagine a great black IPA would taste like with big, nutty malts and caramel up front with bold, grapefruit hops, pine, and lots of floral esters with a roasted malt finish. palate is medium bodied with solid carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. overall, one of the best renditions of a black IPA out there and another well done side project.
craftbeerdesign (2196) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2010 Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. Solid. This is an excellent black IPA.... and one of Terrapinís best Side Projects to date.... loaded with hops! nice black pour with a quarter inch off white head... citrus hop notes across the nose... medium body with average carbonation and a good blend of caramel malts and deep citrus based hops.... really looking forward to this in bombers this month!