DrinkinWell (125) - - FEB 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the highest ratings I’ve posted in recent memory. This black IPA is really nice. Pours blackish brown with decent head and substantial lacing. Aromas of roasted coffee and hints of chocolate. Tastes like chocolate, coffee, pine, a dash of sweet citrus. Slightly bitter at the end, but balanced with sweet notes. A really nice beer. Would drink again and again.
knickskicks (600) - - FEB 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, tan head. Nose is piney, sone roasted malts, some coffee. Taste is resin and roasted malts. Oily but somewhat light mouthfeel.
Minderbinder (1520) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown/mahogany with high beige head. Intense lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, sugar, coffee. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, sugar, pine, citrus, fruits, bitterness, some nuts. Palate: Full bodied. Low carbonation. Slightly sticky. Overall: Very good. Just a faint tad too sweet? But not cloying at all, just maybe it migth feel a tad sweet after several bottles.
tom10101 (2087) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12 oz). Brown with a medium ever lasting beige head and good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, resinous hops, grapefruit and chocolate. Taste is slightly sweet with piney hips, grapefruits, malt, some alcohol presence and a moderate bitter finish. Medium body. Good carbonation. Dry finish. Good balance. Nice drinkability for a 9.2% beer qui a good amount of roasted malt. Well executed.
seth_lfod (313) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle supplied by my wife... Thanks! Black brown for with a small mocha head. Aroma is dank earthy hops roasted malts. Taste follows, very much like a porter but hoppy. Solid.
fidelis83 (1791) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour that shows to be a very clear and very dark brown when held to the light, 2-3 finger, creamy tan head that has excellent retention and leaves very nice lacing. Aroma of roast, chocolate, toasted nuts, spicy, resinous and citrus hops, earth and floral hops. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, lightly burnt roasted nuts, sweet toasty plant notes (probably the hemp seed), a little tart planty note, hints of floral coffee and dark booziness to the finish. Pretty good overall, but a bit of a mess, neither the flavor, nor the aroma really come together that well and the aftertaste reminds me a bit of the smell of goopy rotting stalky weeds.
ScipioA (191) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, looks like a porter with a small tan head on it. Boozy and sweet aromas. Much better in the flavor, lots of hops balanced with a deep roastiness that avoids any charred flavor. Taste dragged down by a weird vegetal note. Thick and juicy mouthfeel. Great for style.
rougeau13 (1827) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown with a fluffy cream colored head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma of roast, chocolate, pine, grain, and herbs. The taste is very roasty with some sweet and bitter chocolaty flavors. Medium-full bodied and slightly dry.
NeoHippie2 (742) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap, black pour with a khaki head. Roasted malt aromas and bitter hop aromas abound. Flavor is similar. I just don’t particularly care for Black IPAs the style just doesn’t make any sense to me at all. This tasted like an overly hopped dry stout...which is what every Black IPA that I’ve had tasted like to me. Pass.
degbert (963) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a high, extremely lacy, coarse-grained beige head. Nose is tart lime, spruce, myrrh, and horehound. Bitter and camphorous on the front of the tongue, then the dark roast and citric hops kick in in a harmonious counterpoint. Velvety rich on the tongue, but with a anise-like bitterness that stays with it. Very nice, and very different.