jtclockwork (6216) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at John’s tasting. Pours black. Tan head. Nose and taste of cocoa, ash, hops, muted citrus and pine. Dryish pine and cocoa finish. Medium body. Smooth. Well balanced.
natejgood (384) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear dark brown with a beige head that builds from the bottom after pouring stops. Strong aroma of very floral hops with a bit of sweet chocolate. Initially this beer is quite flavorful with a strong bitter hop bite, but the flavor leaves the mouth quite quickly with just a hint of clean, sweet aftertaste. You can definitely taste that this beer is a bit roasted. Not quite as good as the Stone black IPA, but very tasty.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with thick ecru head. Aroma is piney hop. Hop fllavour with a bit of roast, the ropyness I feared from the hemp was nowhere in evidence. Middle of the tongue hop finish
Beerman6686 (3536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a darker brown color with a beige head. Aroma was medium roasted mlats, some herbal dank hops too. Flavor was a ncie blend between rasot, light chocolate and floral and herbal hops, The name holds true a little bit.
OldGrowth (2328) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pint @ Tyler’s Apex. 7/15/11. Ok aroma, roasty. Sweet, licourice, little smoky. I was debating between the yeast or the hemp giving a signature scent. Good head, faded quick, no lace. Dark clean orangy brown color. Bitter flavor. Medium body, lite creamy mouthfeel, dry bitter finish. Meh, just didn’t move me. Maybe it’s the hemp, I dunno. just never came together for me...
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL thanks to douglas88. The pour is a deep brown with a towering coffee head. Large formation and nice retention. Sticky and webby lace. Nose is fleshy mango and meaty/gamy. Small chessy hops. Taste is pretty astringent and tannic- like over-steeped malts and tea. Palate is a little too astringent and coffee heavy. Not a lot of richness or body.
Alphadelic (1728) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A thick and piney nose with heaps of robust roastiness to back it up. Very rich and roasty with a touch of smokiness and burnt malt. Very dry to finish with a tongue numbing spruce character. Pretty banging, an excellent dark IPA. Does exactly what you would expect of it.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Pours almost black, with a beige, slightly pink-tinted head that sticks around and offers nice lacing. Nose is lots o’ hops. I guess the five varieties of hops make for such a well-balanced hop profile. Citrus, fruit, resin, but nothing overpowering. Also well-integrated with chocolate-y malts. I haven’t been into hoppy beers recently--much less black IPAs--but this is tasting great. Palate a bit thin, but not much else to complain about. I likes.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is nearly black with deep garnet highlights and a khaki, creamy, moderately full head which i s mostly lasting and leaves tight, sporadic lace. The nose is nice with pink grapefruit/passionfruit citrus, resinous pine, slight licorice, bready almost cake-like notes, light spice, and toasted caramel. The flavor is the same; similar grapefruit and faint passionfruit, some chocolate cake, resinous pine, light rustic, very faint licorice, and just a bit of caramel. The palate is moderately full, less than lively, coating, and creamy. The beer finishes with a moderately high bitterness, still resinous, some spice again, and a faint caramel background. Actually just about what I like in this style and certainly incredibly drinkable. Did not taste the hemp. Not sure why it does not have respect of similar beers?
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, dense brown head. Strong roasted malt, licorice, pine and citrus in the nose. Taste is big roasted malt, licorice, pine resins, citrus oils, and grapefruit with a touch of coffee. Body is medium-full and oily with a lingering bitterness and a full, creamy carbonation. Finishes with more big roasted malt notes, licorice, grapefruit pulp, pine resins and citrus. Tasty!