BeerandBlues2 (8557) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear black with dark brown highlights, a medium to small, bubbly and frothy light tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy and citrus hops, raisin and prune esters, roast and chocolate malt. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, dark chocolate and roast malt, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Ratman197 (8518) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, earthiness, skunk bud, grapefruit and pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roastines, earthiness, light grapefruit and a hint of pine with a smooth moderatly bitter lingering roasty finish.
hopdog (8254) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour. The aroma is lightly fruity with a bit of cocoa. Musky but with some juicy fruit as well. A little bit of soft chewy hops and a bit of light cocoa. Malts are soft and a little bit of cocoa as well. Fruity and quite tasty. Quite soft and not all that bitter.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent though not my best ever black IPA. The name had scared me but in fact the aroma was a little hoppy. On tap at Pizza Plant. A good mouthfeel. A blackbier with a bitter charge in the finish.Dark not much head.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line :
Black grapes, earth and toasted cereals are met by sustained leafy hop bitterness in this slender Black IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A frothy sheet of foam covers the dark brown.
-Wooden hop resins harbor cologne-like impressions.
-Roastiness is also present throughout.
-A strange phenolic touch (rubber eraser?) roams by once in a while.
-All flavors are nicely levelled.
-That is one ugly label...
DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Railroad Street. Poured hazy black with tan head. Nose was roasty patent malt, resiny hops. Tasted rich, hoppy, with a solid roasty black patent malt component, nicely balanced hops, and some cacao and blackberry notes late.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011-04-29. Very dark brown black body with a modest beige head. 3+ Flavour is interesting, very light roast and dark malt, modest roast throughout, lingering dry malt and hoppy bitterness. 6+ Sweetish dark malt aroma, very light roast and mild hops. 6+ Average plus palate. 3+ Okay, hops are less prominent than hoped for. On tap at Coles, Buffalo
GT2 (7108) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
651mL from Norms. Pours clear brown :/ with a medium lighter tan head. Soapy, delicate lace. Nose is lemon scented detergent, cleaning product, toast. Taste is quite bitter but astringently so... Like sucking on tree bark. Oversteeped tea character. Hard to enjoy. Very harsh. Very soapy and chemical feeling.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at TAP NY. Pours a deep black to brown with a thin beige head. Big citrus and chocolate roast notes. Nice roast and more chocolate. Smooth and roasty, long grapefruit with more chocolate and roast on the finish.