sonnycheeba (3363) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Pours deep, dark brown with thick, frothy beige head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is pine and earthy hops, citrus fruit, biscuit malt, figs, and spice. Flavor is heavy hops with supporting average malt and light fruit esters; dry finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
BeerandBlues2 (9446) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and coffee malt, earthy and minty hops, dates and prunes. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, roast malt, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell: coffee, chocolat, lots of hops, yeasty, bitter
Taste: along the line of the aroma but bit more hops than i would imagine , vert good !
rhialistic (156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle at Haket with gnoff.
Black color, fluffy tan head. Burnt wood, hoppy, peppery, roasty scent. Lots of roasted malt character to balance the bitterness, some notes of black licorice, coffee, anise, pepper in the flavor. Lingering hop finish.
fairwater (130) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost stout-like with a stiff brownish head. Taste has burnt coffee followed immediately by the hops. God, I love this brewery...
kindacold (210) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black red, no head. Smells sour and sweet with whiskey notes. Smokey sweet flavor with bitter finish. Whiskey and oak notes. Clean finish.
gnoff (7687) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg, on March 7, 2012
Black color, fluffy light brown head. Hoppy, spicy, sweet, white pepper scent. Sweet, cream, hoppy, some citrus tate. Bitter and white pepper aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/21/2011. Served on tap in a tulip at Bad Apple.
My tulip arrives filled with a mahogany liquid with brown edges and a burgundy tint. A cherry tan foam sits on top, fading to a ring and an island after a few moments. A little bit of nice lace sticks to the glass.
Full, robust chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt pair well with grassy, some pine, and a bit of grapefruit hop aroma.
The flavor starts with some chocolate, full roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. The bitterness turns hoppy with some strong grassy notes, bits of tingly spruce, and a touch of grapefruit. The finish has a moderate lingering bitterness.
The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy carbonation really set this off. It has smooth stouts jealous with envy. Medium / full body, slightly sticky, and a bit tingly about midway through each sip.
This is the best American Black Ale I have had. The creamy mouthfeel really pushes this over the top for me, and the flavors blend so well together. No idea if or when I will see this beer again, but I would definitely go for it.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Black Raven
Date: August 07, 2011
Source: The Porter, Atlanta
Appearance: black, creamy beige head
Aroma: roasted aroma, touch of dark chocolate, light citrus
Flavor: roasted malt and citrus hop flavor, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
JorisPPattyn (7810) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium cream-to-tan head, dense and very fine-bubbled, slightly irregular over black beer; rings of lace. Overpowering aromas of exotic fruit; lytchee, tangerine, passionfruit, grapefruit, dry hopbales; touch of vanilla. Superbly balanced, despite the intensity. Very bitter, hops’ galore, resin, to the brink of quinine. Still fruity, but the hopoil bitterness is so dominant, that a lot of the fruity esters get lost. Some bitter chocolate. Reasonably well-bodied; slick, feels well-carbonated. Bitterness mellows a bit in the aftertaste. The nose is seventh heaven, but in the taste, the feeling "overdone" comes up. Personally I wonder about the interest in combining a super-delicate hop as Nelson Sauvin, with a punch-in-the-face as Sorachi Ace.