GranvilleTim (1413) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, little spice. Taste is roasted malt, little bitter chocolate, hops are hardly noticeable. Nice dry roasted malt aftertaste. Nice lacing.
ContemplateBeer (1353) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma of cocoa with some light resiny hops. Appearance is opaque black with light mocha head. Flavor matches the nose, but with a bit more resin. The finish is somewhat dry. Palate is medium, slick and soft. Mediocre for the style.
kbutler1 (1335) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. At Upland Tap Room in Bloomington, IN. Poured into a pint glass a dark cola like brown color with a tan head. Aroma is not as hoppy I would have thought but roast and licorice. Medium moutfeel. Subtle roast flavors with a fairly strong hoppy bitter bite at the end. Nice lace. Overall, would have liked to have more of a hop presence but drinks easy.
bpreo (1329) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím not sure why this is recommended for the winter season. When I think of Komodo Dragons and Dragon Flyís I think of hot, tropical, and summer. Oh, and the beer tastes great, no doubt about it.
rondphoto (1267) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I saw IPA, and expected lots of hoppiness. Instead, I got an opaque black, full headed, big-laced, bitter porter/stout (or whatever you want to call it). Itís refreshing to have a full dark brew that isnít run by coffee nad chocolate. Very drinkable, and a definite re-do.
bluejacket74 (1133) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle, bottled in December 2010 so I know itís not exactly fresh. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. At this point, the aroma seems more like a slightly hoppy porter now, not that itís a bad thing. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some piney hops. The hops do come out a little more in the taste. It tastes like pine hops, roasted and burnt/charred malt, chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. I think itís a good brew, although I would like to try a fresher bottle of this in the future. Definitely worth trying, I liked it.
Block (1131) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of hops and pale malts. Medium body. Flavor is light mostly hopes and malts. Sweet finish.
bvc (1127) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a really dark and viscous with a tan head. Dusty dry cocoa, coffee, light nuttiness...not much in the way of hops. Thick mouth feel. Dusty bitter chocolate, inky, some light grassy earthiness in there and then a really bitter finish. Confusing beer.
wnoble (1101) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 On draft at the brewery. Roasted and citrus nose below a dark brown head. Taste I balanced roast and citrus notes. Nice bitterness and smooth mouthfeel and creamy. Such a really nice beer. One of the best IBAs Iíve had.
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, courtesy StFun. Pours a nearly pitch black color and topped by a nice sized dark tan colored head of foam that shows great retention. The foam slowly receds and leaves nice thin rings of lace around the glass. It looks great, almost like a stout, but just not quite as thick looking. The aroma shows notes of pine and floral hops, bitter, black malts, and roasted dark cocoa. There is some toastes caramel malt sweetness in the as well. The flavor follows and shows nice bitterness from the floral and pine hops along with a good amount of roast from the dark cocoa and bitter black malts. The toasted caramel adds a touch of sweetness, and the hops add more bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied on the mouthfeel, smooth, with balanced carbonation and a roasty, bitter finish. This is a nice, tasty version of the black ipa.