hopscotch (9555) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose is roasty and offers spicy grains accompanied by herbal and perfumey notes. Medium-bodied and uber creamy with soft carbonation. Bittersweet, balanced flavor and finish. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!
tmoreau (2571) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 2013 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters showing a black/brown hue, with tan head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was roasted, floral, with a hint of soapiness, light spice, and a touch of resin & citrus astringency. Light to medium bodied, with soft carbonation, the texture was a little thin, although the mouthfeel offered some mellow creaminess, hop bitterness was moderate, roasted, earthy, and subtly dry, and the alcohol warmed a bit. A decent brew.
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle -
Aroma - anise, coffee beans, citrus and some spicy herbal notes
Appearance - dark mocha brown, nearly black body, 3-finger creamy tan head, long retention, above average lacing
Mouthfeel - medium carbonation, medium/full bodied, light burn
Flavor - pine needles, roasted malts, more anise, spicy rye quite noticeable, almost carrying a burnt hop pellet bitterness to it.
Overall - another good beer from The Bruery but gets tagged with a high price that really doesn’t support jive with me. Gets a point knocked off for the price tag.
monk191 (1092) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good black ipa. Pours a deep, thick black with a tan head. Smells of hops, marshmallow, vanilla and chocolate-covered strawberries. Taste is extremely thick and sweet upfront, like an ice cream float. Some hops kick in afterwards, balancing nicely. Slightly bitter finish. Quite nice. Had in the bottle.
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"This dark brown ale is in the upper tier of black iPas. Not quite in the elite few, but knocking on the door. Aroma is a blast of rye, citrus, and dark roasted malts. Body is smooth, medium bodies. Flavor very rye centric but not to a fault. Adequately bitter. Similar to Black Racer. Good stuff."
gunnfryd (11230) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is pine, coffee, roasted malt, licorice. Flavour is pine, coffee, roasted malt, licorice, chocolate. full body. Very nice beer.
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is dark brown with a light red tint and frothy tan head - good lacing. Earthy, lightly grassy, cocoa, chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla aroma. Taste is grassy, light weed, grapefruit, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, leather, and resin with a medium bitter finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Not bad.
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Stephen’s house. Pours a deep brown appearance with a dark brown head. Minty / sprucey, cookie, chocolate, fairly roasty, spicy hoppy nose. Slightly thin body. Fairly bitter. Dark chocolate, roasty malty. Slight caramel. Pretty decent.
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Poured a dark brown, almost black color with an off white head. Rye/bready, roast, earth, and some chocolate. Found this a bit thinner all the way around.
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a giant tan head. Aroma is floral, citrus, grassy, with some light roast. The taste is roasted malt, earth, pine, and grass. Decent Black ipa.