Bulk_Carrier (2587) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It pours brown and yields a slightly darker colored body. A nice foamy white one inch head appears and lasts for a good minute before becoming lumpy and settling nicely at the top of the body. A fair amount of spider web yet foamy lacing occurs. Though a slightly transparent body when held up to the light, no carbonation is seen rising. The smell has the hops and the pine up front, a bit of grapefruit there, very subdued. The taste is bitter with the hops and pine dominating this aspect. The mouthfeel is a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It leaves a decent dryness. Though a fairly high ABV, still drinkable, the alcohol isn’t really noted or felt. Overall, a good beer by Victory.
MattShizzle (553) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Very dark copper color - nearly opaque. Hoppy, somewhat roasty aroma. Really good. Quite strong and very hoppy - a bit like a dark version of Hop Wallop.
jbruner (2873) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a reddish-hued-brown on tap with frothy tan head that dissipates to leave moderate lacing. Aroma of bitter hops and dark, roasted malts. Taste follows, but the hops fall off except for a bitter aftertaste. Decent, but definitely not the best black IPA, if you can even call it that.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This is kind of like a winter IPA pours brown clear with head and lacing. Has a little of everything. Bitter and malty.
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vogt5059 (30) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out of a bottle
Dark copper to light brown in color
Small off white head that lingers
Aroma is of sweet malt with a hint of hops
Taste is robust and malty but has enough bitterness to balance everything out
A very complex yet easy drinking and enjoyable beer
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Scrapersnbeer (1504) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hoppy aroma while also smokey, like burning wet grass. Not black looking, more like a brown ale with heavy lace. Blunt, hard bitter taste, mellower on finish. I find that the heavy hop content gives the dark roasted malts a scratchy feel in beers like this. Otherwise this is a thick filling beer. Victory!
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look: Dark brown almost ruby red, 1 1/2 finger creamy off-white head. Smell: Citrus, mild grass, roasted malt, caramel sweetness, spiciness. Taste: Spicy hops, citrus, floral, pine in the burp, cherries, chocolate, caramel, smokey roasted malt, nice lingering bitterness. Feel: Medium-light body, soft carbonation. Overall: This was put together nicely. Nice bitter bite. Not really a "Black IPA", more of a "Dark IPA". One of my favorite seasonals. Recommended.
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown, two finger creamy head that clings nicely. Not much in the nose. Get the malts, hops but hops seem to lack the citrus. The first sip was quite bitter, but then things balanced out nicely with the malt sweetness, toasted malts coming through. Some grapefruit bitterness on the end. Pretty well balanced, not overly carbonated. A bit of warmth at the end. An enjoyable brew, will have again once in a while.
ttoadee (859) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, translucent pour with a minimal off white head. Looks stout, smells IPA . Malty, but bitter on the tongue. Incredible balance through the middle of roasted malts and full bodied hops. Chocolate roasted malt leads the way out hand in hand with the ever present hops. Try this, I waited too long.
Art (2150) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super hoppy IPA. Brown instead of black like I expected. Bitter more than citrucy hops.