ReggieDunlap (2894) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thick tan head...nice lacing and retention. Aroma has roast and burnt notes with citrusy hops. Flavor is very hoppy...citrus quickly dominated by pine atop burnt notes and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is burnt/roasty, piney/bitter/ and dry...lingering.
Damico (2302) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours perfectly unclear brown amber with a big sandy head. The aroma is the best part, zesty citrus hops. There is a creamy body, toasty but not over roasted with the hops more subtle on the flavor than on the nose.
adrian910ss (2274) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a black cola with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of black resiny pine tar, grapefruit and sweet malt. Taste of grapefruit, pine tar, and sweet malt. Nicely done.
Steve_0 (2106) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Poured a pitch black with a two-finger khaki head and great lacing. Absolutely no light coming through this beer. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, light char, citrus, and a hint of pine. Taste is very thick and smooth with flavors of big cocoa, espresso, some roast, hints of vanilla and marshmallow, grapefruit, and grass with a moderately/lingering bitter finish. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, a very smooth and easy drinking beer and perfect for any season. Well done.
callmemickey (2077) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, verging on black in complexion. Medium tan head, good retention and nice lacing. Assertive pine, roast, and grapefruit. Hints of grass and milk chocolate. A nice balance for a black IPA. The flavor profile is just as complex, but a bit mellow for my liking. Medium bodied, assertive carbonation, ample bitterness, nice clean biting finish.
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle on the RBSG 2012 bus. Pours a lot more brown than ’black.’ Bready, light roasty, herbal old hops, clearly getting a little long in the tooth. Bitter finish.
mikem409 (1456) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks Kerry. Super hoppy aroma and taste is semi sweet. Pours black with super fast fadding head
wnoble (1207) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark red to black. Aroma: sticky hop resins, ripe grapefruit, spicey hops, dank resins, mild fruits and herbal hop notes with chocolate roast notes. Flavor is ripe hop oil lots of roast and chocolate with a super bitter an lasting finish. flavorful beer but I could use less bitterness.
sherm1016 (1035) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Pinnochio’s. Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, pine, grapefruit. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is bitter, hoppy, piney, a little roasty, but not as much as some Black IPAs, with a roasty, pine finish.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big leafy herbal hop aromas. Roasted dark bitter chocolate and citrus hop flavors. Overall a very good black IPA.