tmoreau (1915) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap and snifter served at Lunar Brewing Co., with a clear, darkest, mahogany brown hue, a nice hat of silky, tan head foam, and spiraling cling to the lacing. The aroma was rounded but expressive, lightly sweetened citrus, touches of baker’s cocoa, char & resin, and some toast & roastiness. The flavor included impressive, earthy hop bitterness that lingered well through the finish and was on the cusp of being sharp and pungent. Medium+ body, and appropriately carbonated, the finish was tastefully dry. Another addition to my very small list of favorite entries to this newer style.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from a bottle dated 3/02/11 consumed four days after it went in! (3/6/11)
dark and black. viscous pour with a dense orange tinted beige head.
aroma is roast, choco, pine, earth, spice, cream, ash/charcoal/char, some kinda fruit and a tingly numbing from the hops.
the flavor is more of the same... roast, pine, dank goodness and some berry-like fruitiness. it is a bit on the sweeter than perfect side but it is matched with bitterness, chalk and a ton of hoppiness. drying and further parching qualities last in the AT.
it is full bodied, rich, smooth and creamy but the combo of pine, charcoal and hops really make me want to keep drinking it! 8.5/5/7.5/4/18
MrP00tz (17) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
HAHA, sup bitches? Thought P00tz wasn’t coming back didn’t ya? Rong. Dead Rong...P00tz recently had a beer and he’s here for an attempt at a description of said beer! P00tz’s first observation* was the name, come on. It’s like the label said "P00tz.....this beer was made for you." P00tz loves too things: beer and da kronik. Needless to say that when P00tz’s eyes met this sweet symbiosis an entirely novel world was laid before him, one in which beer and da kronik could be one. P00tz, now enthralled with possibilities, bought the beer and consumed it. My Lord...what? P00tz had known no emotional pole like the disappointment he felt upon realizing that there was no semblance of any organoleptic quality that could be even remotely related to da kronik in this beer. The beer was exceptional in all other regards but the damage was done and the roller coaster ride of emotions that P00tz had ridden left him a shell of a man.
*This was also the driving factor in P00tz’s purchasing decision.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hell of a beer here. Very similar, but not as good, as three floyds alpha klaus, nice strongly hopped porter, which is exactly what this is... burnt rubber and green pine, super pine which makes it, light citrus, tons of dark chocolate in the finish, great body with perfect carbonation and attenuation making it very drinkable for 10%, fantastic job here!
Voodoo (227) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an almost inky dark brown with a wondeful light chocolate head. A bit thin for the style, a pulpy wood taste with a hint of cereal.....with so many different hops it’s difficult to pick them out as they seem to sit in the background. Not overly bitter, rather smooth with a touch of alcohol finish. I’d love to see them increase the mouthfeel a tad to make it a bit chewier. But a nice experience, and hemp seeds you say?
Gooney (381) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Mainbrew - Pours dark brown, almost black. A lack of a decent head knocks it down a bit on appearance. Very strong hops aroma. Bitter hops flavor with quite a bit of chocolate flavor. Tingly on the tongue. Nice.
RmmHronek (169) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The nose is strongly of hops, a bit of alcohol, and a touch of roasty malts. Taste pretty much reflects the aroma, mostly hoppy, with a some alcohol warmth, with some nutty and bread undertones from the malt. A well balanced black IPA, prefer this style to any regular IPA.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle thanks to 17thfloor for sharing. Pours deep brown with amber edges and a small light tan creamy head. Aroma of some burnt roast and a hint of cocoa with a sharp herbal piney hop character, a touch of lemon peel. Flavor starts sweet with some cocoa and roast, quickly picking up the sharp piney bitterness, resiny and herbal. FInishes slightly bitter with some lingering citric and cocoa notes. Medium to medium full body.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious impy black ipa. Dark and chocolaty. Smooth texture. Dark roasted. Earthy, piney, floral and grassy, along with some grapefruit tartness. Healthy amount of bitterness to boot, plus a little lactic-like sourness to give it depth. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Metalchopz (2011) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got a free bottle at the Brew’s Best Beer Fest on my trip to Vegas. Bottled on 09/22/11. Sounds like a great style... Imperial Black IPA. Pours a dark cola brown colour with a creamy-foam beige head that stays a long time and creates really good lacing. The hop is overpowering, so it is hard to smell the darker malts. Typical strong IPA scent of grapefruit. The taste though, is pretty different. Quite well-balanced between the bitterness of the hop and the burnt of the roasted malt. No burning at all and quite smooth for a heavy alcohol content. This beer is very interesting and nicely brewed.