wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks argo0. Pours black, ruby edges, tan head, very nice retention and lacing. Aroma is a little hard to pinpoint. Some roasted malt, some hops. Flavor is incredible, very roasty, chocolate, caramel, nice bitter malts, and nice bitter aftertaste, with dry grassy hop aftertaste added in. With all of the dark malt it’s hard to detect the hops, but they are with you well after you finish the beer. Excellent. Faint feeling of alcohol in aftertaste, but it isn’t overpowering.
Maxbier (260) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with big dark tan head. Aroma is big citrus hops. Hint of roast in this malty imperial, lots of tropical bitter hops to balance and finish. Big fan of this one.
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McBeastie (15) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intensely hoppy beer! Beautiful deep dark brown or black (lighting not too good where I sampled). Chocolate and toasty, hoppy and floral all at the same time (although mostly hops). Really good, but I would like a little bit more roasted malts shining through, but the hops really overpower...not that that’s all that bad.
Foffern (1225) - Bodø, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Has a dark brown to black colour with a big, creamy khaki head. Hoppy aroma with grass, grapefruit, leather, coffee, roasted malt and pine. More roasted malt in the flavour but still tons of grassy hops, grapefruit and harpix. Coffee in the aftertaste. Has a slick and rich mouth feel, and a heavy bitterness. A powerful beer that don’t disappoint at all!
PigMine (33) - San Angelo, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is an excellent IPA. It is dark, dark brown, and the creamy head is light beige. This brew is nearly perfect, but the single issue I have with it is I can detect the 9.2% abv. Maybe if it was just a slight bit more malty it would mask the alcohol fully. However, is a very good brew. I wonder if it has higher protein than other black IPAs, since it uses the hemp seed. I don’t taste the hemp seed, and hopefully they roasted the hemp seed like a malt. I’m very happy to have found this one!
Darkmagus82 (1268) - - 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 (291) - 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 (967) - 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 (175) - 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 (692) - 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 (757) - 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.