robinvboyer (2876) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big arma of dark charred malts, soy, alcohol, and a touch of pine. Smells alot like an imperial stout to be honest. Its got a porter mouth feel, and soft carb. The finish is more roast, its big and bold. Bitter cocoa, subtle pine. Hmmmm black ipa? Not sure. Its a super tasty beer, but ......
solidfunk (2999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good for a style that usually acts like some kind of an orphaned child. Smells like strong dark malts with hops, almost like a kind of imperial stout. Thereís alcohol in the smell as well as a faint touch of anise. Pours black with long retaining head and great lacing. Taste is bittersweet but the caramelized malt takes over from the hoppy IPA character to push it more along the lines of a stout. Good drink. Bottle.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from lcbo. Pours deep black, moderate tan head, which dissipates quickly. Mildly bitter dark malt, resin American hops. Pretty good!
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
650mL bottle from the LCBO. Pours a solid black with lots of tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell is a bit sweet with lots of roasty hops, a tiny bit of hoppy aroma as well, very nice. Palate is nice, a bit oily and some good carbonation that isnít overly agressive. Taste is a bit bitter and a bit sweet, maybe a bit watery as well. A slight bitter aftertaste. Needs more punch.
Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours a dark black, nice bitterness, chocolatey and coffee, overall this was enjoyable
daje (1858) - NORWAY - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at midsummernight beer tasting
Intense black in color, big lasting beige head. Roasty aroma, with grassy and earthly hops, very subtle c-hop notes compared to other beers of same style. Taste is more fruity than the aroma, citrus combined with roast and chocolate. Finish is very nice
DuffMan (6150) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Robbie. Ironic that I had to come all the way to Ontario to get a beer thatís brewed 9 hours drive from my house. Was it worth it? Yes.
Near black pour with a lasting brown head. Iím not sure how tey did this, but the aroma is nearly all rich dark malts (roast, cocoa, hints of figs), while t palate is overtaken by crushing hop bitterness. After about halfway, my sensesequilibrated and the whole thing reached a near-perfect harmony for me. Just an excellent example of war this style can achieve in a alanced beer. So very good.
rwgould (328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a solid black with a foamy beige head. No visible carbonation. Aroma: Malt, caramel, spruce, dough. Hints of chocolate. Palate: Medium bodied, smooth start, slightly oily and dry finish. Lingering aftertaste but not super dry like most IPAs. Taste: Sweet start. Less sweet finish. Not a super complex flavour. Very drinkable, for a beer of this style.
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour with a tight dark tan head. A rich sort of chewy aroma. A little bit of date and some earthy hop bitterness. Light sweetness and a bit of earthiness. Sweet and unctuous with a lot of dark chocolate and some roast. More cocoaish and a touch of soft brown sugary sweetness. More porter than BIPA but itís tasty regardless.
shaynsawchuk (359) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 mL bottle. Pours opaque black, tight blotchy tan/off white head. Looks suspiciously like a pint of Guinness. Very little aroma, what I do pick up is deeply roasted malts and a little hop bitterness. Tastes excessively malty, roasted grain flavor, over brewed coffee, and cocoa powder. No where near as much hops as I imagined or hoped for, feeling a little let down after enjoying two other Hop Head variants recently. Thick and heavy in body and on the palate, finish is long and sticky. Leaves your mouth well coated. Good, but not impressive.