S_Side_Smitty (541) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown and opaque with a small tan head. Aroma is an interesting blend of pine, rosted malts & chocolate. Taste is.....wow! Up front you get an exotic combination of resinous pine, chicory and roasted malts. The hop bitterness really kicks in on the mid palate. The finish is smooth creamy chocolatey malts. Interesting ride for the palate, no doubt!
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a half finger of off white head. Aromas of resin and floral notes, and a tad bit of roasty malts. Those wet hops are the story, big bitterness with hardly anything else going on. Thin and easy going down. I wish the malts had more of an impact.
Narnad (1485) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very turbid cherry brown color with a nice creamy, light tan head with a LOT of staying power. Aroma has a sweet nose overall with orange citrus, cherry, pineapple, caramel malt and just a touch of toasted malt. Flavor is very sweet as a whole but not anywhere near cloying. I get a huge cherry juice presence in this brew followed by strong toasted malt presence, mild caramel sweetness, light orange and fruity notes at the end. Body is modest with some slight sticky feeling too it and a good deal of carbonation. Overall a very tasty brew. I wouldn’t classify this as a black IPA as it fails to have the sharp roasted presence typical for IPAs. I think it falls more into the IIPA style but a very nice brew overall.
imdownthepub (10982) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned, 355ml from Bellingers Garage, Grove, Oxon. Dark red to chestnut with off white head. Quite caramelised early on, toffee, sweetish, this leads to a pine like hop note, quite grassy perhaps. Heady alcohol note, late fruitiness. A little mixed up.
joebudzjoe (667) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bittersweet nose predominately of aggressive hops. Pours black with a tan head that quickly fizzles away and leaves no lacing. Light-to-medium bodied, this brew has obvious grassy and pine flavor with notes of oak, oats, cocoa, a hint of black licorice and a milk chocolate aftertaste. Not as silky smooth as most black IPAs that I like, but this is pretty darn good.
jkwalking05 (4082) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of grass, pine, citrus. Taste is the same.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle into my teku. Super dark- almost ruby red. Off white head that laces a bit, but overall is not too substantial. Piney hops dominate the nose, dark roast malts providing some backbone. Awesome bitter hops are the main event, and the hop bitterness turns into malt coffee bitterness, really nice. I like this one!
Chudwick (2288) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at CWBF - pours dark amber with tan head. Nose is dirty socks and cheap incense. Flavor is grapefruit. Quite bitter with a long bitter aftertaste.
Fritz123 (1227) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz draft. Pours a nice dark amber with modest head and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and hops. Some almost earth smells as well. Flavor of malts, hops, pine and caramel. Nice bitter finish. Very pleasant.
VALIS (228) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pretty dark red with lots of off-white bubbles. Dominant caramel on the nose with a little barbecue spice and plenty of malt. Nice balance between smooth and bitter. I thought I didn’t like Black IPAs but this changed my mind.