Travlr (11078) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. Very dark brown color, beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of burnt coffee grounds. Taste is roasty coffee, bright pine, cocoa. Nice example of the style.
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a dark brown color, with amber edges and an off white head. Rye breadiness, chocolate, roasty, and floral.
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Devils Backbone. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized creamy head. Good head retention. Aroma of spicy rye, earthy and herbal hops, mild pepper. The taste is earth, caramel, rye, dry fruits, pine and resin hops. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, well balanced. Three awesome breweries combine to make one awesome beer.
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Capone’s. Poured nitrogenated-looking old hay color, with off white head. Nose was subdued malt, hops, and resin. Tastes hoppy, floral, with notes of smooth malt, black pepper, and a smooth finish.
nimbleprop (4813) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4oz sample at Max’s Hop Fest 2013. Pours a cola brown with some creamy, off white head. Nose is sweet, lemon, dried orange peel, bread, cracker, orange pulp. Flavor is malty, sweet, orange, pine, lemon. Dry, spicy finish.
Butters (3747) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on draft at whole foods in short pump. Clearish dark brown pour with some tan head. Big rye character in both the nose and flavor. Some chocolate notes, but they don’t play particularly well with the rye. As with many rye beers, I didn’t particularly care for this
LilBeerDoctor (3440) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Church Brew. Pours a dark murky brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of lots of citrus hops, grassy and garlicky hops, and roasted malt. Flavor starts out more roasted with charred and chocolate malts and finishes with a big bitter hoppy finish. Some peppery notes in the flavor too. A very tasty black IPA!
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Whole Foods. Pours a very deep brown black, nice head. Aroma is strongly of piney hops. Flavor is a match. Light peppery note and a bit of chocolate, but really dominated by the pine hops. Body rather light. Not bad, wish it had a bit more oomph on the malts.
PhillyCraft (3184) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Barcade. Muddy pour, muddy taste, a little dankness in there but a lot of malt, cocoa, pepper, and lots of roast. Smooth at first, but a little astringent in finish. Just alright.
Elwood (3071) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Troegs Scratch 97. Serving: Draft at MacDowell Brew Kitchen. It pours solid black with a small tan head. The nose has a nice bit of roast, chocolate, earth, and a touch of rye. Medium bodied on the tongue with notes of pine, earth, roasted malt, and chocolate. I was guessing porter or stout before I saw this was a black IPA. Very drinkable and tasty.