tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at source. Black pour/tan head. Poor retention/some lace. Aroma is tangerine/grapefruit, light chocolate/roast. Taste is sweet, chocolate, roast, quite bitter, orange candies, citrus. Palate is soft, oily, bitter finish. More of a black DIPA than imperial stout. Good.
mambossa (215) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to oversized snifter. Black pour with dark wood softly glowing from edges. Nice head that reduces down to a nice frothy island. Nose is surprisingly doused with American hops. Delicate pine, grapefruit, and bubblegum engulfed in a roasty coffee, wood char, brown sugar, and striking cacao malt. Flavor is has the bitterness of an IPA with subtle grapefruit and citrus notes while gentle, silky, heavy roasted chocolate and cold brew coffee reign over your palate followed by a stiff burn. As it all warms, oh boy...the line between black IPA and imp stout becomes permeable. Drinkable body for an RIS, and finishes bitter but quick. A big beer with a drinkable body and American hops to boot. Quite interesting.
arkurzynski (2009) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour. Pillowy orange tan head. Sweet pine and citrus with a little cocoa, roast malt, brown sugar and ash/tar. Flavor is sweet citrusy hops, mild pine, and fruit with trailing brown sugar, soft roast, and chocolate. Relatively sweet with some moderate backend grapefruit bitterness. Very creamy, almost nitro-like, despite the lower carbonation. Other than this, solid as ever.
marcus (8294) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Ratebeer Best. Pours near black with a modest tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a rich chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a bourbon finish.
Dorkenstein (257) - - JAN 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong citrus zest aromas, orange slices, chocolate, and pine needles too. Taste is orange & lemon zest, grapefruit, chocolate; pine tar in the finish. Very good stuff.
islay (1862) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Approximately half of a 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 1-9-16. Thanks to iradog for sharing. Pours dark brown with a moderate amount of beige head. Produces good lacing. Bitter coffee and chalk scents. Astringent smell. Bitter, dry, roasted malt flavor. Coffee with milk taste. Reminiscent of a double black IPA. Quite bitter. Lively and silky in the palate. Medium to full body. I’m not thrilled.
Bule (1525) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours a thick black color with a bit of tan head. Lots of hoppiness and caramel flavors.
mfhennig (222) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick black pour, brown head that fades quickly leaving a good amount of lacing. Aroma is heavy roast, coffee and some cocoa. Flavor follows, with a mildly bitter finish. Very nice beer.
Dogbrick (10416) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Daily Growler UA during the "Epic 3 Year Anniversary Party + Food Truck(s)" event on 12/17/2015. Inky black color with a medium thick foamy tan head that diminishes gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Full-bodied with a roasty malt and coffee character and notes of piney hops and vanilla in the background. The finish is chocolate malt up front with a hoppy aftertaste. Solid beer all around.
DialSquare (3786) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint draft from Daily Growler, UA during 3rd anniversary party: blackish pour with thin ring of tan head. aroma of roasted malt and cocoa. tastes are surprisingly hoppy, backed by roasty, chocolate, caramel, citrus. only faint licorice which is good by me. easy drinking and really well balanced. finishes clean bitter and fruity. hard to explain but unique in my experience. - 8.2
JaBier (6101) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Daily Growler 3rd Anniversary on 12/17/15. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Very hoppy nose of pine, eucalyptus and roast. Malty flavor with licorice accents before a pine and eucalyptus finish with the slightest touch of booze.