spilledpint (346) - 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? I’ll have to rerate this if I get the chance.
BrettTaylor (521) - Radford, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured as a taster. Lots of interesting hop nose - some citrus and pine and some tropical fruit noes underneath. The taste is nice, hoppy but not a giant hop bomb. Hop notes are more balanced towards citrus and tropical fruit with pine subdued.
dpjuart (1078) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trevor. Pours black with tan head, 3 fingers and foamy. Citrus and roast nose, mildly piny. Roast and pine amd mildly bitter and astringent. Goold mouthfeel and surprisingly caramely sweet.
ryanscourt (790) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic black ipa. Easy to drink but plenty of flavor. Great hops with dark malt flavor. Creamy hoppy mouth fill.
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-28-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a super deep brown color that looks black in the glass with only light able to shine through at the bottom of the glass or when held in front of the light, allowing a little bit of a ruby color to be seen. Upon pouring there is a one finger cream head that has a moderate level of retention, but which fades to leave a good level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- Overall the aroma is rather light consisting mainly of roasted malt and pine. With these aromas comes other aromas of a grapefruit hop and a sweeter chocolate smell.
Taste – The taste starts out with a smooth roasted malt taste mixed with some nice pine hoppiness upfront. The hop is not strong, but complements the roasted flavors nicely. Some dark chocolate begins developing more toward the middle, along with some more pine hop and an entrance of grapefruit hop. The pine remains rather light and is soon overshadowed by the grapefruit hop more toward the end. The chocolate also increases in intensity till the end with it sweetening up some toward a more semi-sweet chocolate. In the end a very pleasant dark and roasted but lightly sweetened hop flavor is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Overall it was a nice feel as the fuller body was great for the roasted and chocolate flavors while the carbonation added a bit of tingle to complement the hop nicely.
Overall - A rather tasty ABA. It was actually a nice pairing upfront in the taste of the drier roasted flavors with the pine followed by another nice complementation of the grapefruit hop and chocolate toward the end of the taste. This was a rather tasty drink and is one to try.
terefere (234) - Durham, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 355ml. Pours black/pitch dark plum/brown color, frothy head, lovely lacing. Aroma of citrus, roasted malt, tropical fruits, butterscotch, brown sugar. Taste: grapefruits, hint of pine, butterscotch, dark chocolate, tropical fruits. Pretty nice brew.
Itzjerm (1371) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is hop and nice with slight grain. Decent head that fades. Good hop and burnt grain flavor. Decent mouthfeel. More a black ipa.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Marheb (2273) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une black ipa qui tire plus vers le robuste porter. Une fine résine dans le corps, pas trop d’aromatique houblonné pour camoufflé le chocolat noir, des notes lactées, très moelleux en bouche.
EithCubes (5071) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nose of dark roast malt and charry black malt with pine and a touch of cedar, pairing with additional woody hop tones and danker, stickier unders. Sweet with some fruit, predominately well-pairing citrus. Pours dark brown with a very airy tan head that needs to be watched carefully. Taste is burnt, charred, and moderately dry, has a bit of sourish acrid tang and lovely ashen and smoky notes toward the finish. Body is a little flabby but medium-full and pretty drinkable, fruitiness is tones down significantly and we’re left with more wood and fire treatment. Not too bold, actually pretty well balanced and repeatable.
Sammy (8850) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Recent bottle from appalachian vinter. Dark with lace. Citrus over roast character, in taste and aroma. Very good drinkability.
Ed5388 (2197) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore PA. Poured a dark cola brown color with a small foamy off white head. Aroma and flavor of old citrus, pine, roasted malt, chocolate, and hints of char.