cheap (5073) - 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 (3624) - 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 (3653) - 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 (6197) - 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 (9672) - 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 (38505) - 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 (1798) - 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 (873) - 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 (7655) - 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.