BelgianBeerGal (3433) - 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 (5594) - 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 (8703) - 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 (36091) - 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.
hershiser2 (1448) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours black with two-inches of brown head. Smells of dark fruits. Tastes on tangy pine, soap, and chocolate.
dwr1962 (47) - Wellsburg, West Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of hops and almost a coffee smell. Pours almost black with dark brown head and moderate lacing. It resembles a combination of a really good porter and an IPA.. It’s palate is a bit coating- more of a sipper than a session beer. A really good beer overall.
abcfan (834) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Chewy, well rounded, light hop finish.
b3shine (6761) - Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (shared by jmborggren). Looks good; cola with thin white beige lacing. Smells and tastes solid; dark malt, bitter hops, and roast. Decent on the palate. Enjoyable.
JDBaker11058 (1567) - Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: silky near-black pour, with half a finger of medium tan head and decent lacing. Aroma: surprisingly strong note of chocolate, balanced by pine, resin, and citrus. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, with strong hop notes (pine, grapefruit, and mint). Finish: dry and bitter, with lingering coffee roast and resin. Notes: Silky and drinkable palate, roasty, with full hoppy bitterness. Feels like an extremely hoppy porter, but I feel that way about the style in general. Decent.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: pours a mostly opaque with a creamy froth of beige head. Has a lightly sweet toasted dark malty nose with lots of resiny piny hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and fine carbonation with sweet dark malts and some light roast, well-balanced with crisp hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes drier and bittersweet. True to style and dangerously drinkable.