Dodgrblu (537) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5oz draught sampler @ Flaming Grill in Sac. Nice roastiness, slightly boozy, muted hoppiness.
jeremytoni (2881) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a fair amount of head. Strong malty sweet flavor with a lingering aftertaste.
musinj6 (371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with reddish tinge that is translucent. Large slightly red head with beautiful lacing after the foam settles. Bitter grapefruit and pine hops. Moderate malt backbone with hints of caramel and toasted grains. Very bitter. Moderate to thick palate with moderate carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Good beer. Not much on the malt side of the flavors, but I like it.
Addendum: After reviewing the description, I do agree with the coffee aroma and perhaps with a subtle licorice, but that may be a stretch on my senses.
arminjewell (5558) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark brownish black with thin tan head, aroma has notes of big piney dank notes, hints of grapefruit, biscuit, toffee, caramel, touch of slighty mineral and a seedy note with a slight earthy dirty note...maybe the hemp seed? Taste was a nice mix of dark fruit, slight hemp earth notes, hints of grapefruit, orange, touch of pine, hints of roast, finishing pretty bitter. Way more on the IPA end than dark brew end.
sonnycheeba (2918) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2013 Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with thick, creamy beige head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, earthy hops, oak, figs, and black pepper. Flavor is heavy hops, average malt, and faint fruit esters; dry, hoppy finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
beerme31 (446) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours almost black medium tan head. Toasty, roasty, aroma, floral and pine. Taste is bitter and roasty flavor. Full body, creamy texture, aggressive bitter finish mixed with roasted malt. Very good black IPA, unique because of the very high ABV.
Narnad (1406) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very deep brown color with a creamy, light tan head that really lasts. Aroma has a very deep fresh hop nose to it with strong grapefruit, solid pine, light peppery spiciness, strong toasted malt presence with some light burnt notes late. Flavor has a strong hoppiness to it but it’s very well balanced as no one flavor dominates the beer. Early flavor profile contains a strong hop bitterness composed of a pine and grapefruit kick but this quickly is brought down by a smooth toasted malt presence. I pick up some light peppery spiciness in the flavor, light burnt acidity and a fair amount of alcohol at the end. The alcohol finish, in my opinion, seems to accentuate the malt character, really makes it pop. Palate is fantastic, smooth with some creaminess and the low, fine alcohol really deliver the hop aroma slowly. Overall a great beer.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark pour with thin head. Quite hoppy with some roasted malts and cocoa. Definitely would have another...
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just awesome! The nose! So interesting - like sniffing two wildly different beers - a stout and ipa wrapped in one. So, if you’re short on time, and can’t decide between a stout and an ipa - grab one of these. And with the high ABV, you’ll feel like you got a two for one deal too. (note that other beers will seem pathetically unfulfilling after one of these) I’ll let the other raters contemplate the subtle nuances of the aroma/flavor/palate, etc. Bottom line is this beer is rad!
PapaSkeetSkeet (799) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque dark brown, deep, thin tan head. fuzzy foamy, billowing at first. coffee and licorice in the aroma. some sap. Medium-thick and frothy. Mouth-coating bitterness, sap, resin, some pine. light, earthy burnt. light malty sweetness. Has the full flavor and body of a porter, plus rediculous hopping quantities. (as opposed to sacrificing some of the porter qualities to give the BIPA its hop-sided balance).