yankeefan21 (135) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a dark reddish brown with a small off white head that dissolves quickly but leaves decent lacing on the glass.
Smell: Predominantly grapefruit accompanied by a general citrus aroma with an underlying sugary sweetness.
Taste: Strong hop character dominates the first sip. Resiny/piney characteristics of the hops are featured up front. The finish features some of the grapefruit notes promised by the aroma. There is some slight astringency but what truly surprises me for such a bug beer is how completely unnoticeable the alcohol is.
The mouthfeel is soft, with a medium-body and just a hint of carbonation. It finishes smooth and creamy but then you are struck with a resiny hop aftertaste that dries out the mouth.
Overall I think this beer is serviceable. I think I was hoping for a little more body and a little more malt support from an imperial. If all you want is hops and hops, then this is probably worth a try.
tsd08460 (661) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: citrus, roasty, licorice, chocolate
Appearance: black with a tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter finish
skmikeg (1655) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, roasted malts, coffee, tropical fruits, and some herbal hop notes. Taste is similar to the aroma. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, moderately bitter, long, lingering finish. Overall, an outstanding black IPA that is very drinkable for over 9 % abv.
Booga (50) - Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid body. Good flavor. Nice hop profile. Solid beer. The high ABV is hidden well.
uhclem (417) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown pour with a nice aroma of citrus and sweet malt. Taste is complex with light and dark notes. Excellent mouthfeel and finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready maltsy tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.
Block (2086) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A really nice black IPA. A dark pour, good aroma of malts a hops. Body is balanced and the alcohol is masked exceptionally well. Must more potent than it tastes.
mbgrayson (696) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a full black, with a tan head. Aroma is of hops and malts. Taste is rich and hoppy, with lots of complexity. Long lasting hoppy palate. This is a very nice black IPA. Thumbs up.
MadRobin (2692) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAR 31, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap 4 oz. sampler at Pizza Paradiso in Alexandria, VA.
Opaque, very dark brown, with a light tan head and very good lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, licorice, chocolate and pine.
Taste of roasted malt, orange, licorice, vanilla, chocolate and pine.
Full body and medium/low carbonation.
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danfontaine (41) - - MAR 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ar- hint of hop citrus, pineapple are balanced with roasty malts. Light chocolate,
Ap- clear dark brown with string tan head
Fl- sweet malts up front, roasty and hop bitterness blend very nicely in the mid palate, citrusy hops take over toward the end finishing bitter with hint of tobacco and licorice.
Ov- damn good. Would like a touch more hop character for a double IPA, black or not. But still really good.
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kassner (1507) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is on tap at Mad Mex. Really an IPA with plenty of hops, the smoke is minimal but enough to add character. dark cola with a nice tan head.