mnmike (978) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour. Good and rick without being heavy. Roasted aftertaste with hops on the front.
RobertDale (2832) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Jeffrey! Pours a dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma of roast, pine, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, pine, citrus, caramel, and coffee. Pretty good.
camborne (630) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid roasted malt nose. Taste is nice malt and hop balance. Seems to be alot lower on the hops scale then the other black ipa beers that I like. Drinkable
Nsanders (393) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red brown color with light tan head. Strong caramel and malty aromas for an ipa, but definite earthy hop presence. Taste is sweet as expected with a moderately bitter finish. Body is medium heavy with a slight oily feel. I really enjoyed this beer.
bookman10 (573) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with mid-sized head. Aroma of burnt grain and some hops. Flavor is a very smooth combination of malt and coffee with some hop accents. Pretty good, actually.
Pailhead (4361) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of khoffman
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy caramel, chocolate, lighter roast, and a touch of coffee...no hops in the aroma. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights. It has a one finger beige head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some spotty webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate caramel and dark chocolate. The finish has light-moderate pine, burnt notes, light roast, and coffee. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, there’s simply not enough hops here to be anywhere close to a Black IPA.
JStax (2563) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle thanks to khoffman. Pours a darker brown, nearing black, with a greyish head of foam. Good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, cinnamon, and roasty malt. Taste is a little burnt and gravely with a bitter finish.
UDBeernut (1408) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from khoffman43 pours deep amber capped by a cream colored head with great staying power, leaves a thick coating of lacing. Nose of roast and chocolate. Taste begins with a sweet twing, chocolate and roast. Midway the bitterness comes with some citrus. Bitterness is a tad subdued and makes for an easy drinker.
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Sharrett’s Liquor Store (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Aroma: Toast, pine, grass, and maybe a little citrus.
Appearance: Dark brown with a small off-white head.
Taste: Medium in bitterness, and a very slight tartness in the finish.
Palate: Medium bodied, thin, and an average carbonation.
jmikolich (1352) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from KHoffman43, Thanks Kyle. Nose is slightly hoppy but not the dank hop like from Indeed Midnight Ryder, taste is more porter than IPA, and this is like a heavily hopped porter more than a IPA, I think porter is appropriate here.