bwa5879 (501) - Portage, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Dark brown pour with reddish hue, a few inches beige head of medium density. Decent lacing. Delicious powdery scent - creamy citrus hops dominate. Taste is scotchy and carmel malt, a bit smokey, citrus hops too, again pretty creamy. Average carbonation, watery mouthfeel, dry, boozy finish. This is a great black IPA and a steal in the dollar bin. Because it was supposed to be enjoyed by a full year ago, I’m stoked to try a fresh one. Overall tastes like a scotch ale/IPA hybrid.
mcaron45 (8) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby brown, tan head, thin layer remaining. Caramel, orange, raisin, sweet. Hops are there to balance sweetness, but to me the sweet overpowers the hop flavor. Good, but not a style I prefer.
daniellunsford (105) - - AUG 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appears reddish brown with aroma of sweet malt, raisins, and dried fruit much like a strong ale or barleywine. Incredible marshallow like beige head. Terrible beer if you think you are getting an ipa. Taste of bitter hops, no fresh hop notes as supposed to be. Very dry finish. Great if you think you are getting into a strong ale. Not sure what to think...
jonnyguns (776) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a nice tanned head. Roasted malts and hops on the nose with loads of dark fruits. Very bold smelling stuff!! The taste is much the same with a nice hoppy sweetness at the end. Dark fruits play a big role in the sweetness. Don't mind this one
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TOSG55 (217) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown (not black, like most Black IPAs), with a medium head and a fair bit of sediment. Looks kind of like a barleywine in the glass. Powerful aroma, with caramel malts and assertive floral/pine hops vying for attention. Flavor is more hop-driven, with a stronger malt backbone than most IPAs, but less maltiness than most other Black IPAs. A bit astringent on the finish. A solid but not outstanding example of the style.
hopmelt (81) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours reddish brown, half finger tan head, nice lacing. Aroma toast, dough, toasty malt, earthy hops. Taste is bitter dark malt, earthy hops, slight caramel and toasted malt, bitter finish. Mouth feel medium, lower carbonation, astringent bite from black malt, finish is slightly on the dry side. Overall, not bad, a bit bitter, not well balanced, doesn’t fit my palate.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
7/04/2010: Victory Yakima Twilight... Aroma: Bread crust; toasted caramel/toffee malts; floral and earthy hops. Appearance: Reddish-brown color; quite dark; some Flavor: Palate: Sweet bitter with the thick, cheqwy toffee malt followed by quite a bit of earthy bitterness with a citrus flair at the end. Overall: Decent, drinkable beer; was hoping for something a bit more refined; I would like to try this beer again...
12 fl. oz. bottle shared by ASB. Thanks Scott! Rating #798 for this beer.
kevinator (672) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was good. It had a great mix of floral hop and roasted malt aromas. Dark brown color with medium head. Definitely not as black as most black IPA’s. Full palate with some weight that I attribute to heavy malts. Big toast flavors with solid hops presence on the floral and piney side, a little sweetness on the back end. Not a total palate wrecker but close.
UncleKorm (582) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a cola reddish brown hue containing some small sediment w/ a large beige head sticking to the glass as it diminishes. Big sweet malty aromas of caramel, toffee, chocolate, nutty, grain, cookie, plums, and orange. Initial flavor is heavy sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish of long duration. Tastes are caramel, plum, orange, molasses, light roasted rye, and sweet prunes. Full bodied, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, and a moderate warmth in the finish.
Spab (2091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle at beerbistro. Pours a cloudy orangey brown with large tan head. Aroma is roasty malt and very spicy hops. Flavour is big on green, spicy hops with toasty/roasty malt giving hints of caramel and chocolate. Spicy bitterness in finish. Not obvious as a black IPA but nice.