spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep brown black with a frothy 2" cinnamon head. Excellent retention and lace. Aroma is complex. Definite roasty aroma with some pine and a touch of citrus. Beer is lightly sweet and roasty with a pretty moderately hopped finish. There is a strange sour note on the finish as well that brings to mind Chinese black vinegar. Really odd. Medium thick body with fairly strong carbonation. The sourness on the finish throws this one off. Pretty much smells looks and feels good but flavors are off. Perhaps an off bottle? Iíll have to rerate this if I get the chance.
PhillyBeer2112 (2679) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Its alright. I guess Iím not crazy about Black IPA. Decent citrus and resin hop aromas and flavor, creamy roasted malts, but I just canít make them really want to be together.
Clarkdvm (322) - Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft in fl. Looks and tastes like a chocolate porter. Aroma is calm. Lots of chocolate. Not sure why others think hoppy. In fact, feel like I might have been given wrong beer. Good stuff just the same
S_Side_Smitty (626) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is mellow....carrot cake?? Am I loosiní it? Hmm. Taste is not at all like aroma. You get the typical hoppy/malty/mechanic shop flavor then the malts do their little dance with their roasty-chocolateyness. Thatís followed by heavy pine thatís dank & bitter. Overall, I still get the impression that some kids broke into a shop and mixed oil and transmission fluid to see what would happen - so I know this is a good Black IPA like all of the other good ones Iíve had. Still not sure Iím getting the aroma right, though.
Leighton (15381) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the chriso Easter 2015 tasting - London. Picked up in the US somewhere. Pours brownish red with a frothy beige head. The nose holds burnt grains, pine, orange rind. Light sweet flavor with some minerals, burnt pine and earth, baking cocoa. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Lightly resinous on the finish, with further minerality, oily pine and bittersweet chocolate. Solid.
lobosaintori (77) - - JUL 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
While I prefer the milk stout byt the same brewer over this one, that should not take anything away from this delicious extremely enjoyable beer. dark almost pitch black color with a think bubbly tan head that lasts and eventually leaves a thin tan ring. Aroma is that of a rich roasted coffee, aroma of a camp fire.
the taste is that of chocolate covered coffee beans, with a tiny sense of spearmint. Overall I highly recommend this beer and cant wait to try other duck rabbit products.
mike67 (977) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, fluffy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, oranges, dark fruit, coffee and chocolate malt. Body is full, creamy and tangy. Herbal hops dominate the palate, while toasted, chocolate malt, dark fruit, brown sugar provide support. Finish is long and very bitter. Good brew, although Iím not a fan of the style.
BeerdedDave (1001) - - JUL 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Carolina Ale House in Winston-Salem, NC; black with a frothy tan head; chocolaty, roasted malt aroma with citrusy hops; lots of dark, roasted malt flavor with chocolate notes and a good deal of citrusy hop bitterness; really well balanced and smooth
ilovedarkbeer (2539) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black brown color with a foamy light brown head. Notes of milk chocolate, pine, orange citrus, and chocolate liqueur. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Deep brown/black body with a beige head. Hop-forward aroma of pine, grapefruit juice, citrus, roasted malts. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Bitter finish. Sweet citrus flavor balanced with bitter hops and roasted malts. Slight char taste along with tobacco and wood. Nice.
lightbias (362) - USA - JUN 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The liquid is the color of black walnut and pours into the glass easily, the medium body quickly overwhelmed with three fingers of porous, tan head. The head is not imperishable and dissipates in a short time, leaving a thick, patchy lace; wet and sticky on the glass.
The aroma is a mild roast, squashed by spicy pine and berries. I pull the first full quaff past my tongue and find the pine in my nasal passages after the swallow and fully a part of my exhale. The bitterness of the hops are apparent on my gums, the edges of the taste almost drying the membranes and nibbling at the sides of my tongue.
A juicy blackberry is the shining star in the flavor, the pine a solid foundation for the very agreeable layers of roast and fruit.
The finish is short, as hoppy as this is, and doesnít cling long. The carbonation is great, at first. It does diffuse over the course, but never entirely, and although I enjoyed the brew more with a bit of a buzz, itís still nicely enjoyable to the end of the glass.
Definitely a brew I would drink again!!