ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.
A: Pours a not-quite-black dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger light tan color with great texture and nice retention. A lot of thin, filmy lace is left on the glass, having that ’could almost pass for a black metal band’s logo’ vibe to it.
S: Surprisingly citrusy - I was expecting more of a floral/pine hop quality, but I really can’t complain here. A decent amount of papaya, mango, and apricots form the main aspects of the aroma, with just a backing hint of roasted malt and chocolate. I also sense a little bit of marijuana, too.
T: Again, I really like how citrusy this is, but the black ale qualities are subtle, at best. An opening salvo of mango and papaya give way to a finish of light roast and hemp. The darker malts only serve to smooth out the hop profile without creating a clashing sensation problematic of a lot of black ales. Smoothly balanced with minimal to moderate bitterness and a building roasted aftertaste. Nothing hyper complex, but son of a bitch, this just works.
M: Silky smooth to start, before the hops create a coarseness after the midtaste. Hop oils build a resinous texture on the tongue without destroying the palate. Not easy to drink, due to the thicker body, but the finishing dryness and moderate carbonation makes this easy to sip.
O: I love DIPAs and I love stouts, but hybridize the two into a black ale and the results can be questionable at times (see: Stone SSR). This, on the other hand, is an example of the style done right. VERY well priced for what it is, and highly recommended. Even at three months old, this is damn good stuff.
Bendrixian (1236) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What an awesome brew. Pours pitch black and has an aroma of dark fruit, earth and molasses that is met with loads of pungent weedy hops and some pinecones. Toasty flavours, resinous hops and a great length make this a really really good take on the style.
jahshuwuh (467) - USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark murky blackish color with particles floating around. Smells of sticky pine, dankness, rye, roasted hops, some coffee and chocolate. Taste is a pretty good hop bite, pine/dank hop with the roasted. Finishes with coffee, chocolate, cigarette ash, caramel. Thin to medium mouth with average carbonation. Bitter sticks on the tongue along with the cigarette ash and some chocolate. Not sure what the hemp seed adds, but it provides a nice double entendres for the name.
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TH28 (186) - - MAR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. BB date of 4/27/15. Appearance: Deep brown/ black and opaque, with minimal khaki colored foam head.
Aroma: Citrussy and resinous hop notes, with light roasted malt.
Taste: Starts with sweet citrus and resin hop flavors, then gives way to sharp bitterness and layers of chocolate and roast.
Mouthfeel: Moderate to high with some viscosity, and a light carbonation. Alcohol warmth barely noticeable.
Finish: Finishes bitter and with roast and chocolate malt flavors lingering.
Overall: Wonderfully balanced between the intense hopping and chocolate/roasted malt flavors. Unique in that the citrusy hop flavors are what you notice, with the roastiness not showing up until the back end. Well done.
drpimento (2351) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Outstanding! Appearance is a huge foamy, thick, light tan long lasting head, with plenty of lace, and an opaque brown black color. Aroma is fresh hops with a bit of a doobie character, roast malt, Flavor’s somewhat similar to nose, plus quite dry (except in finish - then a hint of sweet comes out), very bitter, some tang. Body is good though the extreme bitter coupled with alcohol warmth yields a strange tingle, while still being oddly smooth. Big beer.
kambei70 (741) - - MAR 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015 bottle. Pours a vary dark brown with a foamy tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma is bright herbal hops on a bed of earthy sweet malt. Taste is a lightly sweet roasted malt with grassy and earthy hops. Big bitterness but it's tempered by the malt. A little bit of dark chocolate. Medium, slightly astringent mouthfeel.
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drowland (6575) - Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/28/15. On tap at Island Girl, Jax. Rich black pour under a nice creamy tan head, fantastic lacing. Roasted malts, a bit of citrus and pine on the aroma, mild chocolate. Solid flavor, citrus, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, pine. Tasty.
Bill Becker (464) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with an inch of tan foam and there’s some nice lacing.
Very hop forward smell of grapefruit but has a sweetish side to it.
A very bitter first sip of grapefruit and grass, not getting any roasted malt at all but perhaps the slight sweet note or 2 could be chocolate. Hard for me to tell.
Medium body and carbo.
Best by June 12 and I reckon it would be fine even after that. My bottle, I bought at least a month ago.
Bottom line, this is super hoppy and super tasty. The abv is hidden well too. Worthy of repurchases.
vyvvy (4470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice black IIPA. Pours very dark with a tan head. The aroma has roasty cocoa maltiness, dark caramel, grapefruit,, pine and a bit of dank and tropical hops. It has a medium / full body with some bite to it and light frothy carbonation. The flavor begins with grapefruit, earthy / woody hops, spice, roasty malt with some cocoa notes and a bit of nectar fruit. The finish is very bitter and hoppy. Really great example of the style. Tastes like what it says and not just like a hoppy stout.
aumentm (200) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a very dark beer that is good on cold nights. Has a distinct roasted taste. Good aroma and a creamy head. Nice palate with great overall taste. Very impressive
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and fruity hops. Taste is a nice roasted malt base shadowed by the hops. One of the better black ipas I have had. Alc. well hidden. Nice lacing.