yankeefan21 (129) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a dark reddish brown with a small off white head that dissolves quickly but leaves decent lacing on the glass.
Smell: Predominantly grapefruit accompanied by a general citrus aroma with an underlying sugary sweetness.
Taste: Strong hop character dominates the first sip. Resiny/piney characteristics of the hops are featured up front. The finish features some of the grapefruit notes promised by the aroma. There is some slight astringency but what truly surprises me for such a bug beer is how completely unnoticeable the alcohol is.
The mouthfeel is soft, with a medium-body and just a hint of carbonation. It finishes smooth and creamy but then you are struck with a resiny hop aftertaste that dries out the mouth.
Overall I think this beer is serviceable. I think I was hoping for a little more body and a little more malt support from an imperial. If all you want is hops and hops, then this is probably worth a try.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Skunky, green bud, sweet grapefruit aromas and flavors. Full bodied and slightly sticky. Balanced overall. Longgggg orange finish. Enjoyable quality for price.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Virginia Trip – bottle 355 ml
Aroma superb hop profile. Green organic fresh feel with softer follow up. Alcohol well incorporated as base. Smooth clean finish.
Appearance dark ruby, garnet with medium white contrasting top. Good lace shown.
Flavor and Palate : True double dark IPA. Bold, hefty with organic hop cover. Decisive bitter but none of wild roughness. Darker elements play in harmony. Pleasant warmth of alcohol behind. Slight dark sourness hinted at very end. This is very well made.
Theydon_Bois (9110) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the Stags Head, Manhattan - 01/03/12.
Mid black in colour (very dark brown held to light) with a finger of tan head.
Big piney hop aroma with a little roasted malt and chocolate.
Grapefruit and pine dominate the taste with a little background toffee/chocolate.
Medium bodied and good (lowish) carbonation.
Excellent black IPA.
superspak (2690) - Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/14/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, orange rind, herbal, floral, roasted malt, chocolate, grass, and earthy spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance; very inviting and hoppy. Taste of pine, grapefruit, chocolate, roasted malt, herbal, floral, char, grass, citrus rind, and piny spiciness. Nice amount of piny bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, chocolate, roasted malt, char, pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Nice balance of roasted malt flavors with pine and citrus hop flavors; long resinous hop finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. Very nice hop flavor profile with a good balance of roasted malt. Very enjoyable offering.
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mohawk Bend. Really nice hop-forward aroma. Weird to drink such an intensely hoppy beer that's this dark. Really well done.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BeerSquare (117) - - AUG 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is an incredibly unique beer, and ever since I first tried it, I get a bit of an itch for it every few months. Usually when it gets cold out.
The malt profile is incredibly dense and thick, like everything else about this beer. Mouth feel is one of my favorite aspects-- it’s bitter, but feels almost like a malt or milkshake in the mouth, incredibly thick.
A great, unique beer.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. What a malt profile, a little of everything layered on top the other. Complex, choco, coffee, roasted malt, a little nuttyness. The hops are big enough to shine through and get some good bittering and aroma out. Color is super dark red black. Palate is saturated but works well leaves a hint of choco-coffee. Overall taste is hop bitter, dark fruit, roasty malt, Good stuff
bnoel09 (438) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 12oz bottle into a globe glass. Black with a sizable tan head. Aroma is a lot of citrus and resinous hops with some roasted malt. Flavor has significant hop notes along with a nice roasty malt base. The hoppiness and alcohol presence definitely supports the ’Imperial Black IPA’ style. Medium bodied and fairly dry. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA with some very bold features.
Tlingers (11) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great color , a rich hoppy aroma. has a rich dark malty Taste with smooth hop notes. Overall taste good.