GSH1976 (227) - Delaware, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There is a lot going on with this beer. Pours a dark black with minimal tan head. Aroma is citrus, pine and roasted malt. Body is on the heavy side. Taste is a nice balance between hops and malt with neither overpowering. It is smooth considering the high abv. There are some chocolate/coffee/roasted malt notes. Along with the sweetness there is also a mild bitterness in the finish. This is a nice beer.
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is fit for the style with lots of pine and citrus hops as well as porter like qualities of burnt malt, chocolate, and coffee. The appearance is dark with a large head. The taste is like the aroma and very bitter. The palate is exactly as it should. Overall a good example of the style.
jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque sit ruby highlights. Smells pleasantly hoppy, with an austere pale malt touch. Nice medium body, quite hoppy, satisfactory malt backbone. I can’t really taste the hemp seeds, but I can’t taste the 9.2% abv at all either so call it a fair trade. Impressive effort.
wlajwl (4627) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is citrus/piney hops and a hint of malts. The flavor is malts, grapefruit and a mildly nutty/sweet finish.
Barreras (1269) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a cola brown almost black with aroma of sweet malt, and mild citrus.
Taste is of chocolate mixed with black licoric. A malty character throughout, the palate is a little hoppy with a minimum of sweetness after the taste. The alcohol content is evident all the way thru the beer.
BelgianBeerGal (3386) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traded bottle. This pours like a porter with a large milk-chocolate head and nice lacing. Big aroma of sweet hops and a little simple syrup. Wow, strong bite and bitterness but not overpowering; well balanced. Really no clue on the 9+ ABV other than a little tongue tingle...or was it the hemp seed? Very nice.
SSSteve (3958) - - JUN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bong. clear brown with a medium sized head with great retention and lacing. nose of a typical black ipa. flavors are very hoppy with punchy citrus, and a smorgasboard of chocolates. smooth considering the abv. has a nutty character from the weed seed. uinta’s been brewing some heady brews lately.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours lighter black with a finger of tanish head and good retention. Smell is roast and juicy hops, more of the former. More hops come out in the taste, toward the end of the pallet, but up front is roast. Some alcohol present. Heavier bodied and a piney finish. Long after taste, leaves the mouth feel a big slick. Run of the mill black ipa, the imperial might hurt it a bit.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours deep amber with frothy beige head. Nose bitter with prominent grassy hop. Medium bodied with caramel malt and slight toast. A refreshing citrus, grassy hop finish. Nice.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque, chocolately black with a cream/tan head. Big chocolate/malty aroma. There’s another component there that I can’t lock down that I assume is the hemp seed, but it’s very light an refreshing. Taste is very chocolately, coffee, smokey with a nice hop bite. The high ABV barely makes an appearance. There’s a little alcohol burn, but it’s mellowed by the malt. Definitely less of an IPA than many other black IPAs. More of a porter.