TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown almost black with a medium creamy tan head that left great lacing. Aroma of fresh citrusy and floral hops along with caramel and lightly toasted malts. Flavor of toasted and slightly roasted malts, caramel and toffee. Hop flavors of pine and citrus. Got more hops in the aroma then the flavor.
Darkmagus82 (978) - - AUG 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-10-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance- Pours a deep brown color with a one half finger tan colored head. The head fades over a three minute time period to leave a moderate of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is very nice. It is a great combination of some darker, sweeter and hoppier smells. The darker aromas are of a roasted malt and strong chocolate smell and the sweet are a mix of tangerine and caramel with some candied sugar smells. The hop rounds out these sweeter and darker aromas well, with it being biggest of a citrus grapefruit with a nice blend of herbal and earthy hop mixed within.
Taste – The taste begins with roasted malt and a lighter caramel and sweeter citrus taste. As the taste advances the sweeter flavors fade with some coffee coming to the tongue as well as some hoppy tastes of a grapefruit and earthy nature. These flavors take to the taste to its end where the citrus hop gets stronger in nature and is joined by some herbal tastes. Along with the hop flavors that come at the end so too does a semi-sweet chocolate flavor which in the end, when combined with the rest, leaves a bitter roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The creaminess and thickness of the brew is on the slightly lighter side for an imperial IPA with a carbonation level that is average for a normal brew, but a tad too high for an imperial. A lower carbonation level and a thicker body would likely have been nicer for the darker flavors and abv of the brew by really giving the hoppy tastes a chance to permeate the tongue.
Overall – The aroma of the beer and the flavors up to the very end of the taste were fantastic. The weaker mouthfeel and somewhat unbalanced end/aftertaste of the brew hinder it from being a truly great brew though. Regardless of this it is a tasty beer and well worth a try.
brokephibroke (289) - Mead, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Viscous black pour with light brown thick head. Piney aroma with some grapefruit. Sweet and creamy with expresso until the hops take over then lingers a long bitter time, nice!
devman171 (951) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma is rich roasted malt, chocolate and pine bItterness. Taste is big thick roast, chocolate with a big bitter and alcohol finish. Big beer
Steverus0 (165) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great blend of hop aromas come through on the nose of this ebony ale. Legs to match the drapes, this brew boasts a toffee head that clings to reveal the ABV if you didn't read it already.
Robust, roasted malts come through first with abundant hop bitterness to follow with multiple layers of complexity that play out well after taking a sip. Full bodied palate matches appropriately and also hides a bit of the alcohol content here.
While this brew might benefit from a little work on balance (not really necessary in an imperial anything) the layers and alternating smoothness, bitterness and sweet roasted malts deliver interest for miles.
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davey101 (684) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nearly pitch black with three fingers of khaki foam. Nose is peach, resin, roast and a touch of smoke. Taste is bitter tropical hops leading into some pleasant roast and coffee. One of the better black ipa?s I?ve had since it?s so well balanced. Couldn’t even tell is 9.2.
RickTStiles (742) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours opaque black with a big off-white head and lots of lacing. Leather, black currant and rum aroma. taste has warming spice notes, currants, leather, some nutiness and an overall grapey character. finish is more bitter and acidic. A solid, big Black IPA.
ellolovey (453) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with tan foamy head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and roasted malts. Palate is hit first with loads of bitter tingling hops, citrus, pine, then follows a sweet rich roasted malt and dark cocoa backbone. The sweetness balances the bitterness very nicely. A bit of hemp on the finish. Love this!!
vtafro (3254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Backlog) Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Earthy, pine, dark malt and lighter oxidation notes, for both aromas and flavors.
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle : Thanks Chris you left this. Nice dark pour with a thin brown head...also nice sticky lacing. Love the pleasant aroma of floral hops and citrus. Light sweet taste that has a slightly bitter finish. Body is a little thicker than an average IPA I think. Has a nice texture...only complaint is the finish is a little long with the bitterness. Otherwise, a solid IPA that is enjoyable.
mstrcrwly (260) - New York, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Black Sheep..opaque pour..off white head..aroma of citrus,pine,hops..hop forward but with nice balance of roasted malt base..very good.