Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: Lots of caramelized malts and lots of citrusy resinous hops. Awesome bastard American hoppy ale.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase.
The look: Clear dark ruby body with some paticles. Small persistent beige head leaving lots of lacings
In long: Nose has resinous citrusy hops and light notes of pine-tree over some caramel. Taste of biscuit malts (plain cookies) dipped in rich caramel, red and dark berries-like fruitiness, some barley candy notes, lots of citrusy hops with a strong resinous character. Bitterness is quite assertive but not too aggressive. Looooonnnnngggg after-taste of caramel and resinous hops. For a so-called Black IPA the roastiness level is relatively low. A lot of slightly toasted caramelized malts but not that much roastiness per say. This is not a problem at all and it just makes this awesome beer stands out from the new crop of similar Black IPAs. Or is it really a Black IPA? (Black IPA is the current ratebeer style as of this writing). Wow, entering this rating for this great beer makes me want to have another beer. And if there’s anything worse going on right now in the world than me being thirsty and sitting comfortably in front of my computer and my beer cellar being at the other side of the living room, I’d like to hear about it.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Pours a murky dark amber with bright medium toffeeish amber at the edges. Loose tan head that falls away within a minute or two, even without touching it. Big redolent grapefruit and pine nose, very sharp, oily, and aggressive. Impressively forward for a high-distro year-round release, even from a brewery with craft and creativity close to its heart. Creamy medium body with tons of lively carb and a nice oily, acidic bite (there’s probably even a bit of carbonic bite to go along with the hop acid bite as well, but those little pinches between the cheek and gum get hard to tease apart after a while). Toast, caramel, pine, and grapefruit on the mid-palate, with a long ashy pine resin finish. Very nice session IPA.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/20/11. 12oz bottle. Brown pour, reds under the light, with a thick, frothy tan head that cuts in half and laces in sporadic sheets. Bold hop aroma of pine, citrus, a bit of cattiness, and underlying touches of chocolate. Somewhat sweet entry with milk chocolate, citrus, pine, and lingering roast. At first read, that sounds terrible - but it’s pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, burning.
Svesse (5670) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, hoppy nose with caramel, dark fruit, chocolate and fresh citrussy hops. Malty taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, a touch of cocoa and a fresh, citrussy bitterness in the finish. Well balanced and tasty beer combining the nutty, malty character of brown ales and the fruity, hoppy character of an IPA. Not an easy thing to accomplish, but this is quite excellent. Nice one.
crossovert (5635) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really nothing special. More of a brown IPa and that means I should like it but the pervasive malt just kills it.
marcus (5608) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with a very generous beige head and a gingerbread aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor with significent hop bitterness. The flavor is quite unique and improves as the beer warms.
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep copper, large foamy beige head, nice lacing.   Darker than expected.   Musty grainy nose, soft citrus bitterness, a little peat or charred wood.   Tangy sweetness up front, hoppy but not biting, some of that white bits that come on the inside of oranges.   Background has a slight musty graininess to it, something that I dont really care for.   Body and mouthfeel are decent, a little bubbley up front, smooth on the backside.   Lingering grainy maltiness.   A little bit more of floral or citrus sweetness would make this a much better beer.   As is, its decent.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at ’Cole’s Rare Beer Fest’, Buffalo, NY. Pours a very deep ruby, almost brown, with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma’s a bit roasty along with lots of hops and notes of cocoa, chocolate and citrus fruit. Flavour’s sweet, slightly sugary, lightly roasted and fruity -- it reminds me of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange along with lots of hops. Finish is quite bitter. Average to medium bodied. Very good, I quite enjoyed it.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2010 Rerate (Yakima Glory 2010) Even lighter in color in past batch, basically a deep amber hue, very head and lace but does not look anything like a Black (or even brown) IPA. Aroma is quite hop forward with citric and dank resiny hops with some nutty brown and bready pale malts, hint of Black Patient but just a hint and no Chocolate like before. Taste is astrengent hops, bitter and citric with a sweet nutty background. Once again, the "black" malts character seems to be missing. Well I gave it another chance and it is even less of a beer than before, I can and have brewed a better Black/Dark IPA at home.
Initial Rate (Yakima Twilight 2009) Bottle and served in Bells snifter: Pours a deep brown hue with amber highlights topped by an initial big head which fades but last around enough to produce okay lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate and nutty malts, grassy, catty, dank and resiny hops, slight mint and plastic, some earthy minerals. The taste is more towards the hop character with juicy fruit and herbal bitterness supported by biscuity and chocolate malts. A bit of a fruit cake tone about it. Got more metallic and astrengent as well as a tad boozy and medicinal towards the finish. The mouth feel is surprisingly smoother than expected till the aftertaste where the tannic astringent character sort of overwhelms. Still, I like this but wished it played a bit more towards the black malts and less sweet malts, cleaner hop profile would be nice too. Too much like a homebrew with a muddled finish, I expect better from Victory. (It is a Black DIPA by the way... not any more)
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big hoppy nose. Pine, citrus, and some leafy dank notes too. Dry toast and roasted malts as well. Pours a wonderful reddish brown with great lace and a nice frothy head. Lively hop flavors up front - citrus, pine, floral, and leafy notes are followed by very toasty bread, dry roast, and lingering juicy citrus bitterness. Dry and juicy finish. Covers up the 8.9 percent extremely well.