Xenon (109) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Better than I thought it would be. I really like the hop choices with this one. Very dank all around. Doesn’t really even taste that much like a black IPA as much as a normal IPA. You can taste some roastiness from the malts, but the hops really overwhelm this one, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
seymour (1642) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on tap at Taco Mac in a snifter glass. It poured an opaque black colour with long-lasting beige foam and lace. Highly fragrant hops: citrus, pine resin, floral. I just love those Chinook hops. Light and grainy, bready and toasty, but not nearly as roasty as the colour would predict. Very faint caramel sweetness. More fruit, tropical fruits especially, in the flavours than were present in the aroma. Nicely balanced hoppiness, lots of aroma and flavour complexities without being overly bitter. A good example of the Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale style.
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown with a medium-sized tan head. Just the right amount of bitterness, with spice and caramel notes. Very good!
jdskinns (209) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown, black color with off white head. Aroma is chocolate and roast. Taste is bitter, roast, coffee, chocolate, and some nice hops.
cheap (4524) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
volatile hoppy fumey aroma. from bottle, why was I thinking this would not be a dark beer? you know, the name, hoppy bunny aba, not thinking the b was for black. and thus it pours, a beauty black beer with a tan head that goes into this rising dough evolution to a plateau. big nasty hoppy black beer, nasty that is if you are a lager lover, heheh. big long bitter finish trenches into your tongue for a finish. does not hide alky well even tho it does not come across as viscous. dark burnt background makes this almost enjoyable.
reggiedunlop (3414) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a creamy medium tan head...heavy lacing. Aroma has roasty dark fruits...anise and licorice root. Flavor follows suit...adds a bit of a burnt/bitter/ashy layer. Mouthfeel is light/medium and the finish is dry and ashy/anise/dark chocolate bitter.
BelgianBeerGal (3373) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Norfolk bottle. Absolutely gorgeous pour that looked like it was in nitro. Big pillowy tan head and tons of lacing. Green hops and dark malt in the aroma. Great balance in the flavor: nice bitterness but also strong malt. Very well done.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5359) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured black color with a huge foamy dark brown head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was licorice, roasty malts, tart fruity hops, perfume and a odd slightly off presence. The flavor was bitter, roasty and toasty with notes of anise, rough fruity hops, perfume and again an odd off presence. Long bitter, roasty, anise and fruity hop finish. Medium body. Ok.
DrSilverworm (8334) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 12oz bottle, thanks to jmborggren for hooking me up with my favorite style. Black color. Good one-finger brown head, with good retention. Leaves awesome, nearly full sheets of lace. Bigger body. Nice, nearly chewy texture. Light, crisp carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. Great earthy hop, pine, light roast malts. Hint of dark chocolate. Good moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Some light earthiness. Satisfying black IPA. 8/4/7/4/14
Re-rate from a taster on tap during RBWG 2014: Kind of clear brown, slight red color. Little khaki head. Some lace. Awesome earthy, piney roasty black IPA hop aroma. Exactly the nose I like from a black IPA. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Hint of chocolate. Moderate bitter taste, minimal sweet. Hints of chocolate. Very satisfying, hoppy black IPA. Good roast malt, some dark chocolate, nice light coffee. Good stuff!
yespr (34797) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at local 44. pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma peachy and grapefruit hoppy. solid bitter and crisp hoppy. Bitter and dry herbal finish.