generallee08 (621) - New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2013 Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: It builds a two and a half inch medium tan head over a very dark reddish brown body. Inside the body there is some carbonation streaming up to the head which has nice retention and makes for some nice lace patterns on the glass.
Smell: Right away I am greeted with firm herbal and leafy hop notes. Behind the hops are notes of caramel and fresh bready malts that also offer a light toasted nuance as well.
Taste/Palate: The flavor is full of herbal, piney and resin like hop bitterness up front alone with toasted/roasted malty notes. There is a slight fruity note in the background like unripe mango. It finishes with lots of hop bitterness and heavily toasted almost burnt malt notes slowly fading off the tongue.
Notes: Overall it is an average Black IPA. It brings lots of bitterness and some complexity to the table but not full harmony of its flavors.
maxwelldeux (3505) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose has some nice roasting elements to it with a decent amount of floral hoppiness coming through. Taste is quite bitter, but with a very pleasant roasty smoothness to it. Easy drink and fun Black IPA.
Truebrew69 (19) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Excellent Black IPA! THe color is so dark but the taste is so rich. Nice and hoppy. Can clearly taste the crisp dark hops on this one.
DCLawyer (1396) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber->SA. Dark brown with frothy offwhite head. Aroma: pine hops over sweet malt. Taste: sweet malt, caramel, molasses with hops finish. Ok.
Ed5388 (1977) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber. Pours a deep dark brown with a thin light brown head. Aroma of light pine, grapefruit, and roasted malt. Taste is mild roasted malt, some pine, grapefruit, and a prune sweetness.
hopdog (8823) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dark amber / brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, earth, pine, and some chocolate. Tastes of earth, roast, and pine.
NikkTwist (1540) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Poured a very dark clear ruby with a frothy tan head. Lace. Hoppy and dark but does not strike me as a Black IPA. More a hoppy malt blend with medium red fruit and some charred notes. Plums. Pomegranate. Burnt toast. Hops mostly seem to bring a spicy bite to the mix but not much else. As a Black IPA it sucks, but as thirst quenching beer it works.
obguthr (3670) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Slightly meaty aroma of dark roasted malt, candied ham, and elderberries, a little rancid. Clear cola colored, medium tan head, good retention and lacing. Elderberries on the front end. DMS asserts itself in a most unpleasant way at midpalate. Boiled carrots. Finishes with charcoal and pine. It isn’t light struck as the name suggests, but it is certainly flawed.
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by beerpig317. Pours brown with a medium sized bine beige head. The aroma has roasted malts, light smoke, general green hops, earthy. The flavor has earthy and herbal hops, the malts are not as prominent as they were in the nose. Light roasted malt and mild to moderate bitterness. This is very average.
r464 (1890) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark but slightly translucent with a light tan head. Roasty malt mixed with char and hops with a light bitterness. Punchy and full. A decent black IPA.