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.
RichardW (1740) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Marlow’s Tavern, I Drive, Orlando. Wow! Huge aroma of ripe rich fruit and piney hops. Thick and black, but still way too drinkable for 9.2%. Woody notes on the tongue, hops by the bucketload, but with rich chocolate flavours picked out easily aswell. $8 a bottle in a smart bar & worth every cent. Loved it!
BeerRenter76 (294) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into glass gives a large coffee with cream colored head. the head is a bit rocky with good retention. Leaves heavy lacing. Beer is almost pure black, with hints of brown and red in the light.Smells of citrusy hops (mostly orange and grapefruit), some more earthy/floral hops, caramel, roasted malts, and chocolate.Taste starts with citrusy and floral hops along with roasty malts, the roasty malts quickly overpower the hops then comes a strong chocolate taste (more than smell) along with a bit of hemp seed in the finish. Has a crisp, but very roasted finish. Has a medium body with a bit of a buttery/creamy feel, low carbonation. Black IPA’s arent my favorite, but this one is a very good beer.
emusche (61) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black with a cream head. Aromas of malt, chocolate, coffee and pine. Taste is chocolate/caramel malts, dry coffee, spruce and a bitter hoppy alcohol aftertaste. Very good offering.
katrinaez (589) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich scent and thick flavor. Deep black brown coloring. Sweet but not rough. Bottle.
Bricks (748) - Delaware, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark beauty, with a nice foamy head. Aroma is like a hybrid between an IPA and a stout... just a bit harsh. Tastes like a coffee/chocolate stout with some hops added. Awesome.
tfontana (162) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Friar Tuck in Crestwood MO. Aroma is piney, resinous hops over rich roasted malts. Appearance is dark brown to black--almost opaque, with 1 finger-width off white head and nice lacing. Taste is medium malty sweetness with moderate bitter interplay. Palate is medium bodied, creamy with lively carbonation and long, more bitter than sweet finish. Overall, nice complexity with more bitter than sweet but decent balance.
Dogbrick (9460) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew is a dark brown color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, pine and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasted malt, resiny hops and a bit of dark chocolate. The finish is roasty malt up front with an earthy hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
youdictategood (415) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Near-black pour with lasting khaki head. A lot of pine resin in the aroma. Flavor is well-balanced considering the ABV.
Oakes (13539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium brown, bit hazy. Has a light piney hop character, has a fairly alcoholic character that, with a fair bit of roast, makes his much more like an imperial stout. Good, but damn that’s a lot of alcohol in the finish.
ordybill (665) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A very nice blend of hops and sweet malt.
Appearance- A great looking brew. ours black with a small brown head. I really looks good.
Taste- Big flavor of hops and caramel. I then note some fruit and malt in the end.
Palate- This is a heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation. It has a dry finish.
Overall- A really good example of an American Black Ale. Highly recommended.