ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
downender (5662) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wines, Sterling VA. Dark brown with a decent, off-white head. Big, citrus notes, green herbs, dark fruits, plain chocolate and a big, dryish finish. Excellent.
Stephen_S (14) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I usually like black IPAs. I’m on the fence about this one. I poured straight from the bottle, little aroma and little head. Upon taste I get a balance of alcohol, steel, malt, hops. I like the tasting because I can pick out individual flavors, but I hate it for that reason also.. overall I give it a "meh, I have had better".
MikeJslc (640) - USA - DEC 12, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black with ruby highlights, tan head. Aroma: bready malt, baker’s chocolate, light roast, cola, piney-resiny hops. Thick mouthfeel with flavor of dark bread crusts, touch of toffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, piney hops with a little citrus, an earthy, slightly peppery spice note, finishes with a nice lingering resiny bitterness. Very good.
CaraCurtis (112) - Nevada, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark with a nice creamy looking head that diminishes, somewhat similar to a stout in appearance, but has some distinctions. The aroma spills out some hops, earthiness, roasted malt, and citrus. The taste has some licorice, hoppy, malty, chocolate. The ABV is hardly noticeable. This is a very well balance and delicious black IPA.
KennyGalanif (30) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very deep rich red color, almost black. A decent one to two fingers of head, that has a caramel color. Lots of bubbles. Aroma has a lot of hop! And you have to look hard for the malts. Which I don't mind. Tastes of roasted malts, dark fruits, and strong hops. Overall, it reminds me more of a double IPA. But this is a great beer for hop heads!
Eberndt (94) - - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful black color when poured. Creamy mouth feel and nice roasted aroma. Abv is masked well.
KeefOz (634) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured an opaque black colour with a touch of mahogany around the edges. Developed a one-finger light tan foamy head that retained well and left rings of sudsy lacing. Aroma of lovely sweet floral hops, Taste of very sweet malt followed by roasted grain. Medium body. Smooth with an acidic bitter finish.
jkwalking05 (3076) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Black in color with a good sized buttercream colored head. Wow...aroma is of charred brisket, pine, grapefruit, licorice, roasted malt, and resinous. Taste is of pine, roasted malt with notes of woody foliage, light herbs, and coffee.
travita (3504) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The look is dark, black in color, tan head. The smell is a lot of hops, fruits, roast, pine, nice, and burnt malt. The taste is malt, roast, burnt, hops, and fruit.
TheJester (1656) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 mL bottle. Looks like a stout. Smells absolutely brilliant. All caramel and big American hops and chocolate. Mostly citrus from the hops. Flavour is great as well, with the hops being more distinct than most. Lots of citrus balances the booze. Not as roasty as some.