Barreras (1324) - 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 (3458) - 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 (3993) - - 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.
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown/black with a nice cream head and beautiful lacing. Smells gloriously hoppy with the hemp seed coming through. Wow this beer is delicious. It’s exceptionally hoppy with just enough dark notes creeping through to keep it grounded. Well carbonated and refreshing. One of my favorites.
jkwood04 (4898) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours very dark brown with a thick, lacy, beige head. Aroma of citrusy and piney hops, some roasted and caramel malts, and some dark fruits or spiciness or something. The hop and malt combo isn’t the best, but the beer is strong on both. Average to smooth texture. A pretty good beer.
dasquared (6) - USA - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly light aroma, with citrus and resin to accompany some malt as well. Appearance is dark brown with a thin is stable head and fair lacing. Taste is a solid, complex run from the light pine and citrus to the heavy roasted malts which stick maybe a bit longer than desired and overpower the other flavors after a couple of sips - by the end of the glass it is hard to get the lighter flavors back. Would drink again, but for me this would have to wait until late fall (Drinking in late spring/early summer)
mcox90 (1720) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Douglas88. Pours black with a one finger beige head. Some stray lace here and there. Dark, roasted malt aroma with a good amount of grapefruit hop scents. Flavor is quite bitter balanced nicely with some chocolatey/toffee sweetness. Earthy as well. Moderate palate with a lingering bitter finish. Nice example of the style.