RABinCO (1430) - 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 (4963) - 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 (1737) - 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.
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid nose of chocolate to subdue the hemp seeds, nice dry finish, uber hoppy. One of the best IIPA values out there. I remember when 90 minute IPA cost this much.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Found this one bottled at Lundeens in St. Charles, Illinois. Deep, dark brown pour with a very malty, chocolatey nose. Potent chocolate malts and resiny hoppiness throughout. Alcoholic bite in the finish. Not bad. Good to see a Utah beer outside Utah. Now, can I get a hold of some Fry Sauce??
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, floral hops accompanied by a subtle coffee malt aroma rises from the glass. Pours a deep dark magenta color with a small foam top. Dark malty flavors of molasses, coffee, toffee, caramel and vanilla. Flavors balanced nicely, all topped off with a alcohol and bitter hop finish. Overall, a very interesting take on a Black IPA. Mostly malt based when it comes to the flavor yet, noticable hop and alcohol presence. I’d give this an A rating.
kaser (4648) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is insane. Very complex and hard to even begin rating. Aroma is malty and thick coffee smell. Pours dark and thick. Taste has a ton going on at once with crazy hops, sweet and bitter, fruity backbone too. Hard to explain but comes together nice. A must try
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ChainGangGuy (4602) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle - $2.59 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 04/16/12.
Appearance: Pours out a matte black body with a lightly foamy, lightly hued beige head.
Smell: A fist-a-cuff tussle of malt notes and hop notes: charred bread crusts, heavy resins, bitter chocolate squares, citric-scented lemon pith, and roasted barley.
Taste: Bitter chocolate coated roast with some slight ashtray qualities. Low sweetness that’s altogether brief. Hard-handed resins, powdered pith, discarded lawn weeds, and coagulated, gloopy pine resins. High bitterness. Roasted, highly bitter finish with the angry-looking bitterness slowly riding out like a senior citizen cruisin’ at twenty under the speed limit in the fast lane.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Though the hemp seed is an appreciated added ingredient, it’s, for me, completely lost amidst the hard roastiness and heavy hoppiness. It’s black, it’s high on the alcohol scale, and it’s bitter -- that’s IN these days, right?