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.
johnnymusky (487) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle...pours black with a nice creamy head...nose is pine and hops...mouth is the same with some roasted malt and chocolate thrown in....alcohol very well hidden...not sure what the hemp seed does but this is a solid black ipa...(#487)
kingaugusta (22) - Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft. Pours medium brown and translucent with a fine but large tan head. Nose is pungent, delicious west coast bitter hops with just a hint of roastiness. Flavor plays nice at first but the bitterness comes out to fight in a hurry. Excellent for for hop nuts only.
Svesse (6844) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Dark brown colour, almost black, with frothy, beige head, leaving traces of lacing. Malty, roasted nose with notes of dark chocolate, black coffee, anise, black rye bread and herbal hops (or was that the hemp?). Malty, roasted taste with black coffee, dark chocolate, black rye bread, grapefruit, liquorice, a touch of mint, hints of hemp and a generous herbal/piney bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with just a touch of sweetness. Well made and tasty black IPA, with an interesting herbal twist. Very nice.
commonmac (607) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Happy Gnome. Snifter glass. Dark brown to black with tan head. Aroma is earthy with a hop undertone. Citrus in small fashion. Taste is bitter with a hop resin and oily mouthfeel. A little bit of roasted quality towards the end. Aftertaste lingers more than it should. I’m not really uinta it. Not really my favorite.
unclemike (2483) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Translucent watery black with a lacing, eggshell head. Nose is floral, citrus, a little zesty hops, a little cracker, cocoa powder. Flavor is cocoa powder, malty, light toast, orange, a little citrus zest. Full bodied dry finish
M82 (378) - Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black body displays a thin, vibrant amber to mahogany highlight at the edges beneath a resilient, creamy-smooth, frothy capped head creating rhythmic, interwoven lacing all around
Juicy, zesty citrus with piney-floral-savory nuances blending into smooth coffee notes with an accent of fudge, all on a signature, dangerously drinkable, silky-creamy-smooth Uinta medium body offering moments of blackberry, strawberry, and melon as the complexities play off each other, a glow of bitterness resonates through the finish and residual, blanketing the dark chocolate and caramel layers with orange juice regaining the spotlight as the bitterness fades out, another very solid offering from Uinta
12 oz bottle best before 07/19/15S, served at 45º into Orrefors Pulse Beer glass
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with a nice tight fluffy khaki head that sticks around. Aroma is bitter chocolate roasted malt some pine spruce earthy hop notes. Taste is very bitter bakers chocolate roasted burnt malt such a biter beer. Palate is medium sticky and dank.
JMCtime (67) - Washington, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
So good. So much flavor. All of the light citrus notes of a good IPA with the added richness and weight of a dark stout.
anderson01 (231) - Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in color with some floaties( hope that is normal for this beer). Has a thick, off-white head that is frothy. Has outstanding lacing. Aroma consist of licorice and what i can only think of is soy sauce. Salty taste that starts smooth and ends with a long, harsh finish. For some reason it taste nutty. This beer is all over the place. This would be alright of a beer once and a great while but could not see it as one of my daily drinkers.
EBROVIAK (17) - - APR 18, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sorry but I don’t get any hoppy nose here and nothing citrus in the taste. It seems like somebody hopped up a good porter. Interesting but not Black Maharaja by any means.