BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dense dark appearance, creamy head formation. Sugarry cocoa and piney hop aroma. Lots of chocolate on the palate, rich with a hint of licorice. Hoppiness is big, citrus and grapefruit in the finish. Definitely packs a fair punch but teh malt goes a long way to masking the 109 IBU’s
rxeight (1294) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 Dark black. Nice piney hop taste that but has some great roasted malts deep in there as well. Just about the perfect balance between the two. Smooth bitter hop aftertaste. Overall, this is really good stuff. I’m glad I picked some up.
drjay44 (2615) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Bottled 1/12/12. Pours a thick, long duration, mocha head, with slight lacing, over a clear brown (SRM 28) body....nose is heavy resin, pine, citrus, lighter toffee/caramel....taste is sweet malts (toffee/caramel, molasses), with pine, grapefruit peel, hints of chocolate, very light licorice, finishing with a clean hop bitterness...mouth feel medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation low. This is well balanced, nicely complex in both aromas and flavors, thoroughly enjoyable, and utterly typical of the style. This beer has character. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, tan head. Aroma of pine, roast malt, caramel. Taste has a nice citrus flavor and not too much roast. Medium body and carbonation. Good beer, but I’ve had way better BIPA’s.
beernovice39 (3120) - Montana, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with a thin tan head. Scent of pine, chocolate and earth. Taste is burnt malt and bitter chocolate. Good stuff!
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, faint mahogany highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Grapefruit nose, flavor is grapefruit hops, lingering bitter aftertaste, the high ABV is hidden. Bottled Jan 2012, $3.45 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
Scrapersnbeer (1467) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very piney smelling beer with a heavy roast background. Extreme bitterness overwhelms a large malt content. Chalky feeling as opposed to being outright heavy. Couldn’t tell you if hemp seed makes any difference in the mix. I’ve never called a beer too extreme, but I see the potential turnoff here for many.
bmerz (701) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled two months old. A standout powerful beer amongst any black IPA I have had to date. Super rich, encompassing, and lasting. The aroma is a strong spicy pine burnt orange aroma. Flavor is spicy and pine upfront, strongly malty and earthy without being very sweet. It is intensely bitter and mouthwatering throughout and finishes a bit salty. Texture is oily and grainy with modest carbonation.
JoeyBeerBelly (34) - New York, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
served in a standard pint glass. the beer was black with a off-white head that left a sheet of lacing. the aroma is a mix of citrusy hops and dark roast coffee. the taste is much the same as the aroma with a dry bitter espresso coffee bitterness. medium bodied it goes down smooth and easy. overall it is a fine example of the style.
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ripe northwest forest nose. Ominous dark brown body with ruby highlights and a tall ecru head. Heavy roasted malt rich with molasses and brown sugar. Strong bitterness upfront that has characteristics of thick pine needle and burnt syrup. Sweet with an earthy quality. A bit of anise and leafy spice (contradiction: noted). Maybe a little sasparilla and root melded with dark chocolate. Caramel and citrus residue on an oily finish with a touch of vanilla. Very nice drink.