Steverus0 (177) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great blend of hop aromas come through on the nose of this ebony ale. Legs to match the drapes, this brew boasts a toffee head that clings to reveal the ABV if you didn't read it already.
Robust, roasted malts come through first with abundant hop bitterness to follow with multiple layers of complexity that play out well after taking a sip. Full bodied palate matches appropriately and also hides a bit of the alcohol content here.
While this brew might benefit from a little work on balance (not really necessary in an imperial anything) the layers and alternating smoothness, bitterness and sweet roasted malts deliver interest for miles.
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davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nearly pitch black with three fingers of khaki foam. Nose is peach, resin, roast and a touch of smoke. Taste is bitter tropical hops leading into some pleasant roast and coffee. One of the better black ipa?s I?ve had since it?s so well balanced. Couldn’t even tell is 9.2.
RickTStiles (757) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours opaque black with a big off-white head and lots of lacing. Leather, black currant and rum aroma. taste has warming spice notes, currants, leather, some nutiness and an overall grapey character. finish is more bitter and acidic. A solid, big Black IPA.
ellolovey (454) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with tan foamy head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and roasted malts. Palate is hit first with loads of bitter tingling hops, citrus, pine, then follows a sweet rich roasted malt and dark cocoa backbone. The sweetness balances the bitterness very nicely. A bit of hemp on the finish. Love this!!
vtafro (3455) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Backlog) Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Earthy, pine, dark malt and lighter oxidation notes, for both aromas and flavors.
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle : Thanks Chris you left this. Nice dark pour with a thin brown head...also nice sticky lacing. Love the pleasant aroma of floral hops and citrus. Light sweet taste that has a slightly bitter finish. Body is a little thicker than an average IPA I think. Has a nice texture...only complaint is the finish is a little long with the bitterness. Otherwise, a solid IPA that is enjoyable.
mstrcrwly (282) - New York, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Black Sheep..opaque pour..off white head..aroma of citrus,pine,hops..hop forward but with nice balance of roasted malt base..very good.
Cuso (4606) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, kindly shared by MisoW, many thanks. Dark chestnut brown color with thick beige head. Aroma of dark malt, grapefruit, resin. Dark MALT overlapped by extra portion of citrus and resiny hops. Long hoppy bitter finish. Tasty.
MisoW (1339) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from my secret Santa - Cunningham :) Pours dark brown, nearly black, color, beige head. Aroma is hoppy, roasted malt, Taste is sweet, bitter, roasted malt, nicely hoppy, plums, raisins. Extra long roasted hoppy bitter finish. Very nice one.
stouby (3728) - Holbæk, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Black with a large light brown head, nice lacings. Aroma medium+ malty (roasted, licorice, chocolate) and hoppy (floral, piney). Flavor light sweet, heavy bitter, light spicy/herbal, licorice and chocolate. Almost full body, smooth, some alcohol felt.