joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to deyholla for the bottle! Pours very black and viscous with a huge brown head. The aroma is roasted with dark chocolate, salty smoked meats, pine and citrus. The flavor is very roasted with smoked meats, charred wood, with a mild citric bitterness in the finish. Low carbonation and full bodied.
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 5, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Robert at SL, what a guy! The pour was dark and stouty-like, nothing black IPA about it. The aroma was off and beat, smelled like a dead turtle (ok, I have no idea what that means, but...). Additional notes of bitter floral hops, caramel, roast. The flavor followed, bitter floral earthy hops firm in the front, a citric astringency almost, licorice black patent malts, roast, dry as a bone, yet acidic, meh. I much more like a few other "black IPAs" over this one, but all good, fun nonetheless!
AirForceHops (2712) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Queenholly. Bottle in Nov 2012. Hops are falling off for sure but the brew still turns out really well. More like a stout now in my glass. Nose is chocolate malt dominated with hints of pine. Lots of Earthy herbal hints in this brew with a strong amount of chocolate malt. Burnt roasted malts. After half the glass I had to read the commercial description. Seeing they used lavender makes all the herbal notes make sense. The bitterness is more from the herbal then hoppy. I feel like a broken record. Did I happen to mention that it’s herbal? Still even a slightly old bottle is pretty good.
queenholly (2612) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black brown with a moderate brown head and a little lacing. Aroma is roasty coffee and something fruity/floral. There’s something in the aroma very familiar, pulling up a long lost memory, but I can’t nail the smell. Flavor is dark roasted malt, coffee, and a light bitter hop finish. Very nice.
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours black with a frothy brown head. Smells of peaty, smoky malt with some citrusy hops underneath it all. Taste falls a little flat, with lots of milkiness, the same smoky, peaty malt, and some herbal hops. Smooth and fairly full-bodied, this was pretty good. Not sure how I feel about the black IPA, but it was interesting.
jake65 (2532) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Looks like a porter, plain and simple. Thin creamy brown head on a dark brown body... pure deception of what’s to come. Nose is light citrus and heavy roast, followed by a similar taste. Citrus, light floral twinge, heavy roast, and faint coffee. The florals really come through well and the roast right there. Nice interpretation of the style.
sloth (2400) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dead turtle aroma? Caught me offguard with that one Brian. Next time i,m out drivin and see one of them poor little buggers splattered all over the road i,m gonna hafta pull over and get me a whiff of that so i know where yer coming from. Does the age of the road pizza turtle matter? Is a box or snapper gonna have the same qualitys? Yer killin me brah!! WooHoo WTF! Small tan head with fair retention. I believe the darkness of this brew overides the IPAness of it all. Gotta say i enjoyed it any way. Roast and chocolate, dry maltiness, Caramel, some burnt, some patent, chalkiness and a hint of citrus rasttling around in there. Dry finish, good bitterness. I was kinda diggin it. Wanna redo! Still gotta know what dead turtle smells like. Props to Robert for sharing.
Damico (2355) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The brew pours dark coffee brown with a tan head, smaller though. The aroma is smoky and light peat notes. The flavor is light coffee, roastiness with some light hop notes to end. I expected more hops in this style though, but it is smooth, and a bit creamy and delicious.
cbfobes (2153) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours black with a decent tan head and lacing, the aroma has nice pine and citrus notes with the sweetness of the malt, the flavor actually threw me off at first, has a nice sweetness with a hint of hops but has more of a roasty and chocolate finish to it. Reminded me of a porter that had a light mouthfeel, not bad just different.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a fully receding mocha head. Notes of chocolate, toffee, citrus, pine, herbs and vegetable. Medium to full bodied with moderate resins and lively carbonation.