J_man (651) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma in the bottle and on the pour definitely pointed to a barleywine if I didn’t know what I was about to drink. Thick and foamy tan head on top of what looks like a black beer, but under a bright light is a beautiful deep garnet. At first it seems like this is going to be a typical barleywine after all because of the initial sweetness and alcohol bite. However, it quickly shows that it’s not with a strong, smoky, dry charred wood flavor followed by both milk and dark chocolate. Then the deep, earthy, pungent hop flavor comes through and muddles the initial sweetness in a really great way. All of these things combined create a lingering burnt/chocolate finish with a slight soy sauce taste. The tongue is coated in bitter hops and bittersweet chocolate. Imperial black IPA? Yep, that’s exactly what this is and it’s really good.
QuezXLV (393) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty aroma and a dark body. The taste is hoppy but intense with sweetness. The palate is strangely watery with gentle carbonation.
UDBeernut (1424) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black hue capped by off white head is inviting. Large hop bitterness from pine and citrus over power the toasty malt, caramel, and chocolate malt. A true sipper.
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guzzler67 (1477) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Totally dark with a medium size, mocha colored head and good lacing. Initial whiff of pine needles soon replaced by bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Earthy, moderately complex flavors show up in the reverse order of the aroma, with the bulk of the roasted malt backbone tasted up front before the plethora of hops tip the balance in the finish and in the aftertaste. Medium-to-full bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel, with a dry, bitter, long lasting finish. My favorite Uinta offering so far.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/13/11 notes: Bottle. Pours mahogany brown-magenta with good tan lacing and head. Aroma is wet, piney-leafy hops with herbal tree bark swirl. Body is medium in heft, good long, semi-dry finish. Flavor has pine and spicy hop zip upfront, but quickly fills out with roasts, seeds, charred bread, bitter chocolate. The finish maintains a complex bitterness that shows obvious hop influence as well as some earthy-pepperiness. Good drinker, definitely assertive but manages to rise above by achieving a rather elusive status: unique.
daleharshman (848) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours a dark cola brown with garnet highlights and one finger of tan head. Aroma of bright grapefruit, fresh-cut flowers, honey, and some lighter notes of roasted malts. The initial flavor of sharp hops (bitter grapefruit, bitter herbs) soon gives way to some rich roasty malty tones of bitter chocolate and burnt black coffee. A bit of lingering (roasty) bitterness in the finish. The high ABV is well hidden. A very good example of this style that is actually nicely balanced between the roastiness and the hoppiness. (163, 655)
Jesterdeal (1581) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of citrus, juniper, and a bit of Douglas fir. Pours black with a medium frothy head. Tastes big and roasty. Citrus, roast malt, and complex. Great aftertaste. Great black IPA.
Dixonian (1549) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 12oz bottle thanks to thirdeye11 and on tap.
Deep brown color with lots of creamy, tan head. Nose is pine, citrus, nuts, chocolate, and hemp. Flavor has lots of pine with more chocolate. This is a great Black IPA and one of the only I’ve found to rival Stone SSR.
timfoolery (1122) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
4oz taster at DBS. Some sweet-hop aroma on this one to go with floral hops in the flavor. Also, dark and rich feel to the brew really rounds it out. Only drawback is a palate that leaves bitterness that lingers all over the tongue. Good beer.
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TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured A caramel dark brown. Nose is as advertised , super hoppy with malt ringing through in the back. Big hop front followed by hints of caramel and licorice with a big malt backbone and a sweet then bitter finish. Good for one, maybe 2 then it’s time to move on. Abv is well hidden.