mar (4662) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared @ rbwg ’12. dark brown with a cream head. nose is bitter hops, sticky chocolate, malts, very smooth.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a medium tan head. Aroma of mint, chocolate, roasted malt, citrus, and pine. Flavor of roasted malt, herbs, citrus, cocoa, and pine with a bitter finish
Errl (1312) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at RBWG) Nose is Citrus hop, Caramel, chocolate,fruity, pine..Taste is malty sweetness, with pine, citrus,grapefruit, light bitterness...Palate is light bitterness, with roast lingering..a solid Black IPA with nice alcohol level.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Mostly pine and some citrus hops on the nose. Some toasted grains, as well, with a good caramel contingent behind. This barely covers the soapy note that kills their normal IPA for me -- it’s better, and actually has a good blend of flavors, but that one note just jumps out in their brews, and is bringing this one back a couple of points. This one has enough sweet malt to counter, though, and does better than Evolutionary. Not great, but certainly not bad.
Zeswaft (1343) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Wowza. This was quite exceptional. Tons of pine hops all over the aroma and flavor. Nicely countered with roasty malts. I had no idea this was hiding 8.5% until the bartender said something after i was halfway through. I’m definitely going to snag some bombers of this in the future.
djd07 (2915) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a dark brown with a medium frothy tan head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is a light roast and hops. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet roast and light bitter finish. Hides alcohol well a good black IPA from Two Beers.
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Dark brown pour with a nice khaki head. Hoppy aroma with touches of graininess and roast. Hops jump to the forefront - fresh and American - with lingering roast and smooth chocolate.
stantheman (566) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In a small tapered glass, on tap at The Met. Black as the ace of spades. Little head on this sample. Taste is overwhelmingly of malt and molasses, with a back note of hops on the way down. Nice.
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Alibi Room, pours a black / dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus hops, and some toasted bread. Flavour of roasted malt to start, followed by nice, bitter citrus hops. Medium-bodied with a roasty, hoppy finish.
cstuartj (928) - Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Dark and black. Huge hop nose. Taste is hops mellowed by and deep roast. Finish is clean and slow.