NikkTwist (2091) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black. No light shinning through at all. Light foamy head that left "stars" on my glass. Huge burnt flavors. Medium full body. Coffee grounds. Dark chewy chocolate. Burned red fruit. Flavors are deep and dark but in balance read a bit thin for some reason. Would make an awesome Russian Stout with some tweaking.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Beerilicious iphone app: Draft - Aroma of Chocolate and roasted malts. Yeast comes through with basement aromas. Black hazy color with frothy brown head. Medium Bitterness and light sourness from the yeast. Lively carbonation. Slick and creamy.
RedSox2004 (1457) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours apaque black with hints of mahogany highlights, medium head and very nice lace. Big juicy pine resin aroma accompanied by citrus, chocolate and roast. Flavors are similar,highlighted by the chocolate with a generous kick of bitterness. Wonderfully creamy and smooth mouthfeel - probably the highlight of this beer, minimal carbonation, full body, and a lingering sense of chocolate/espresso in the finish.
yomikelaw (1) - Nevada, USA - SEP 15, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I accidentally found this beer in a great bar. it is now my first order when I stop in...
tiong (5229) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Toronado, San Francisco
Pours pitch black with a large foamy head. Aroma of roasty malts, some fruits, salty licorice, chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasty and sweetish with some hints of herbal hops, fruits and a lot of salty licorice. Finish is smooth and fruity with hints of roastiness and licorice. Okay, quite roasty and salty black IPA.
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces an almost two finger thick, lightly brown head that leaves some light lacing as it subsides. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of savory browned whole grain, lots of nutty hemp notes, and a bright, candied berry and citrus character from an ample hopping. Soft aromas of woody pine, rosemary, hints of menthol, and lots of woody herbal notes are noticeable as well.
Somewhat creamy textured with enough sweetness to accentuate a ripe, hop-laden fruit character; this is offset by a nutty / herbal hemp note, a smooth bitterness, a woody herbal and pine like character and some lightly prickly carbonation. A lingering roasted malt character subtly influences the long finish; the nutty character is likely influenced by the hemp, as well as by the dark malt character. Soft savory notes from the dark malt character are accentuated by the nutty hemp notes. All the flavors here seem to be supporting notes for the balance whole; other specific individual components of tangerine zest, floral citrus blossoms, kumquat, lychee, espresso, smoothly burnt brown bread, nutty / spicy whole grain, and roasted caramel notes.
I have had a few of these over that past couple weeks, it is good enough that I keep on just drinking them instead of rating it. I have a visceral reaction to this beer that has me just sitting here and enjoying this beer quite a bit more than I perhaps would when adding up the individual components of this beer; though in truth, even those are quite tasty. The mix of hemp seeds and hop character works really well with the dark malt character; I like that the dark malt character only contributes a touch of roast character, as well as hints of nutty, brown grain like character that just boosts the complexity that much more. A thoroughly enjoyable beer that I am happy to drink quite a bit of. The aroma is a bit better balanced and characterful than the flavor, but this is fairly nice as well.
maxwelldeux (4182) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a pretty small head to it. Weird malty smell to it that is unlike other beers I’ve had, but really interesting and inviting. Very smooth and nice drink, with some roasted character to the flavor. Not terribly hoppy, which is an interesting change for an IPA-family brew.
AWISLguy (1890) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cardinal in Niles. Pours cola colored with a foamy spongey head leaving a lot of lacing. Aroma has cocoa powder, pine, liquid chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is of sweet chocolate, burnt malts and grapefruit. Somewhat rough. Quite semi-sweet chocolatey. Finishes bittersweet, but mostly bitter. Interesting mix of flavors. Could have blended better.
Cybercat (4175) - Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is richly hoppy and grassy, with a smoky undertone and a hint of molasses - hard to beat that, at least in my mind that loves black IPAs (um, if you think about it, that’s an oxymoron) because I love dark beers and hoppy beers. It pours a luscious dark-chocolate brown that lets light in only at the edges and has a thick, fluffy, light tan head that likes to hang around. Flavor has a roast malt overtone with nutty, molasses, earthy and caramel notes plus hints of hops and licorice. Absolutely lip-smacking! Smooth, firm texture has plenty of fizz and life. I love black "pale" ales (personally, I prefer the term CBA, or Cascadian Black Ale) and this is one of the best I’ve had.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours an opaque black with a one finger tan head. Decent head retention and lacing.
Aroma is absolutely glorious. A huge shot of pine and a little citrus blends wonderfully with cocoa and roast undertones. Really a great smelling ABA.
Lots of pine along with pineapple and grapefruit on the taste. There is a quick shot of alcohol followed by heavily roasted malt. A little bit of dark chocolate and coffee follows along with bitterness seemingly from the roasted malt. Bitterness is very high as to be expected with 109 ibu’s. Mouthfeel is very slick and oily and a little bit light.
Overall, this an amazing ABA. Probably the best one I have ever had. The alcohol is barely present and the roasted character shines through remarkably. Something I will have to pick up again whenever I can find it.