ThisWangsChung (494) - 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.
jdskinns (156) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a dark brown with off white head. Aroma is big citrus hops, smells tasty. The hops really come through in the aroma and taste more than most black IPAs. Nice bitterness and roast flavor as well. Very good.
kud0h (5) - - JUN 14, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent beer. Start with a black, slightly brown pour that looks great. The head is characteristic of a stout or porter, very creamy and leaves a desirable lacing. Aroma is pine, roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste follows through in the same fashion, malt with some hop bitterness. Very interesting, I like it!
maddmatt639 (22) - Belmont, California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very hoppy and you can taste the alcohol(not in a bad way though). Very stoutie-feeling.
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rbrazell (1013) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown, almost black pour with a small white head. Toasted malt nose with chocolate and piney hops. Flavor follows with a pretty bitter hop end. Not too much of a balance of flavors, but not terrible.
Ed5388 (628) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a rich dark brown/black color with 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Aroma is citrus and pine, with a hint of roast coffee and chocolate. Taste of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, followed by a nice bitter hit of piney and citrus hops.
jbruner (1200) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a translucent brownish black from the bottle with thin ring of lacy cram colored head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is weak, kind of earthy hops with a toasted black barley back. Taste is bigger, same as the nose with a boozy back, burnt malt and a bitter ending. No real hop presence aside from the bitterness, much better black IPAs out there.
Doofgoblin (145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Let it warm a bit... Really good; more character on the DIPA side than the black IPA. Aroma is pine, resin, faint citrus, and leather. Taste has some malt elements, pine, faint booze, and leather again (but not in a bad way)? Finish is good and crisp with a bitter bite... Glad to come home to a neighborhood with out babies running in the street, fights, or piles of burning trash...I think I used to live in the ghetto.
baraciisch (958) - USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black in color... Aroma is citrus and pine... Hints of roasted malt... Flavor is pine and herbs, roasted malts, licorice, coffee, dark chocolate... Very complex black IPA... Well done
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Nate (3358) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Pints for Pets. Rich roast, rubbery, light chocolate and coffee, lots of hops. Dark brown clear with thin tan head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Roasted notes, chocolate and coffee. Big hop flavor with molasses. Finish is medium bitter but not harsh.
cheap (3408) - Cheap Lager in Western, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
looks good when poured from a bottle but the taste is all bitter beer. has some fruitiness in there but in an annoying kind of way. yes, pine aroma and pine tar taste, rather rude. hop laden fer sure and bitter black fer sure. not sure what to think about this mouth coating rude taste of a style. fergettabouttit. has almost a stinkbug kind of finish volatiling around in the back of your throat, wheew. not impressed