Lubiere (9328) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A red copper I2PA with a thin creamy lacing off white head. In aroma, a beautiful pungeant c-hop bomb, well balanced with the biscuitty malts...wow! In mouth, intense hops with menthol notes, dry malts, warming alcohol. A bit unbalanced but still a classy hopbomb. On tap at American Flat Bread, Jan. 11 2010.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is average malt (light roast, bread, cookie, coffee), average hops (earthy, herbal, woody, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of figs and plums. Flavor is average malt (light roast, bread, cookie, coffee), heavy hops (earthy, herbal, woody, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of figs and plums. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, light creaminess with a dry finish. The aroma is rather subdued and no amount of swirling seems to improve it. On the other hand, the flavor is very nice, displaying lightly roasted malt character next to some spicy and earthy hops. The alcohol content is well hidden, until you feel the warming effects in your stomach.
Ratman197 (8869) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, pine, and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, grapefruit and pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish. BIG Hops in this one!
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Clear, dark crimson ale with a mid-sized, creamy, taupe head that never fully diminishes. The nose is of cocoa, tangerine and earthy, floral hops. Full-bodied and creamy with modest carbonation. The flavor is full of roasty notes and burnt bitterness. Warming, bitter finish.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint on tap at Capones.
Poured a darker brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of pine, earhty, roasty, floral, toasted malts, and some citrus. Tastes of pine, roasted malts, earthy, citrus, and lighter caramel. Alcohol content well hidden. Lacing left on the glass. More on the hoppy side vs. a balanced IIPA. If I had to choose, I would list this under and IPA, although if a Black IPA were a style, this would fit that.
daknole (8346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a big tan head. Aroma is citrus/spicy hops. I also detect some notes of caramel and honey. Flavor is hoppy, but not overly bitter. Light yeast, resin and some bready notes.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at David Copperfields. Creamy brown beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy and herbal. Spicy with a soft cocoa base and a bit of orange peel. Very bright and hop-laden. Spicy and herbal with a lot of pithy resinous bitterness and a kiss of smokiness as well. Warming intensifies the zesty hoppiness and a spiciness. Sticky resinous finish. A hit of cocoa and light caramel gives the malts a bit of intrigue. Pretty interesting.
NielsenRatings (8115) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted on tap at FreshCraft in Denver, Colorado. Dark reddish appearance reminiscent of a Bock. Also has a foamy carbonated head which almost looks like a nitro. Weak dark malty and hoppy aroma. Not too dark of body with the floral hoppy flavor. Doesn’t at all taste like it has almost 9% alcohol. Pretty good beer.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Coles rare beer fest, a Black IPA. A sub-style I like, exceeding on this day the Phillips I have enjoyed from British Columbia. Its black, a west coast IPA with some shwartzbeer character. Lots of lace. C-hop in aroma not over the top.Above verage mouthfeel.
Drake (7848) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and resin hops. Taste is very hoppy with big sticky resinous notes along with some wood notes. Berry-like notes in the finish. Medium bodied.