Ibrew2or3 (6441) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle w/o a very imaginative name pours up brown – copper – amber, brownish with tiny floaties and thin tan head. The aroma is big and bold even while still pretty cold and delivers chewy pine and citrus hop goodness mixing with a bit of spicy hops, earthiness and faint roasted malts. The flavor, oh yeah, I’m liking this. It unloads a great mix of pine hops and somewhat malt sweetened grapefruit and tangelo citrus hops. The hops have a modest level of hops flavor but formidable hop bitterness. This is chewy yummy and bold and maintains a nice hop flavor into the finish. Lovely.
nimbleprop (4158) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 31, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle pours a, well, more brown than black, mahogany with a creamy, lacing, slightly off white head. Nose is hoppy, lemony, grass, grapefruit, a little sweetness. Flavor has something off. First flavor that hits you it a tar, rubber kind of thing, some medicinal, herbal thing. Some citrus, a little cleaning fluid. Some sweetness, brown sugar, molasses. Weird, herbal finish. Pass on this.
Mora2000 (5309) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer No. 3,700 for me overall. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of lightly roasted malt, chocolate and resinous pine. The flavor is similar, with a good bit of pine, resin and a hint of orange. I also get some lightly roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. The bitterness is fairly low, but the hop flavor - particularly the pine notes - really stand out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice collaboration. Glad I got to try this one.
beerbill (3254) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours brown with a moderate-large tan head that lasted until nearly mid-glass and left considerable lace all the way to the end. Very pleasant aroma that is filled with resinous pine hops along with some notes of lightly roasted malt. The flavor begins with a solid dose of malt, lightly sweet, and is followed by some resinous pine hops. Moderate hops bitterness at the finish. Medium-full bodied. Very enjoyable.
glennmastrange (2121) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of dark bread, toasted and roasted, moderate to heavy pine for the hops, light leather for the yeast with wood in the background. Head is large, frothy, light tan with good lacing and good legs and is mostly lasting. Color is murky dark brown with a thick amount of medium sized particles, Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with acarbonation between soft anf lively and has a dry finish. Nice deep dark aromas and flavors with a great hop profile to balance out this tasty Black IPA.
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at kickshaw. Pours somewhere between brown and black, tastes like a well-hopped brown ale. Very nice.
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kaser (2030) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oily nutty aroma. Hard to describe. Dark brown pour with sticky brown head. Thick pallet. Malty nutty and mildly hop taste. Different but I think I like it
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jackfrost9p (218) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I loved this beer. Bottle pours a muddy brown with off-white head. Strong notes of pine, roasted malts, and hops with a faint coffee and vanilla characteristic. Taste linger quite a while after.
Slipstream (1924) - USA - APR 27, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well all right, another Stone collaboration - hats off to Stone for doing these! Superb aroma with loads of pine in with some flowers and roasty notes. The flavor is likewise piney, with some dark coffee too - but it gets a touch harsh, unfortunately. The palate is unusual - a little thin at first, followed by a warming tingle. Maybe a little overhopped, but definitely complex and interesting, with lots of smoky campfire flavor (which is fine by me).
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Nearly black pour, frothy carbonation and an earthy look. Getting some black IPA fatigue for sure, but I found this one to be fairly elegant. Moderately roasty nose and mostly pungent hops. A hint of caramel and bitter anise/char in the tastes but mostly bright and floral. Still, it makes one wonder why you don’t just go for an IPA if this is where the beer is dialed in.