Plovmand (6501) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. It pours reddish amber with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is citrus, peach, passion fruit and caramel. The flavour is highly fruity hoppy with notes of light roasted malt, caramel, peach, citrus, grape fruit, light alcohol and berries. Nice long fruity hoppy finish. Quite creamy texture.
Radek Kliber (6495) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coles – Rare Beer Festival
Appearance: dark brown with ruby look , minimalistic .
Nose: Malty , brown feel with light clean hoppy touch. Good. 7+
Flavor/Palate :strong hop feel. Bitter with short malty follow up. Straight bitter brew fm Victory. Good but not great.
DrSilverworm (6478) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Very dark brown-red appearance, minimal head. Very roasty aroma, like a stout almost, but without the creaminess. It has a very crisp, lightly carbonated body, and the roastiness persists in force throughout the aftertaste. I’d expect this kind of flavor to result from an imbalance of malt, but that’s not the case with the brew. It’s hop notes are just noticable enough from behind their roasty veils to make this beer the definitive Black IPA (amongst the two that I’ve sampled so far, anyway)
BVery (6427) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap. Dark brown red pour. Foamy, clingy off-white head. Nose is like sweat (really) and some hop. Taste is hop over the top of black licorice. Weird, but decent.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany/brown with a tan head. Smells of resin, caramel, some light fruit. Tastes sticky and sweet with some peppery splashes and an earthy finish.
5000 (6300) - 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.
Ernest (6232) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), moderately to heavily yeasty (dough, sweat), with a note of black tea.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
Victory really needs to get a handle on their frickin’ yeast...this is a raw yeast bomb; vitamin B and dirty feet dominate the aroma, with hops playing only second fiddle. Not much else of interest in the nose, so...yeah, hard to give it anything above a 5 there. Flavor balance is crude and brash, as most American big-and-hoppy beers are...but then, "punishing" is a glowing term to most hopheads, right? Sigh...we have so far to go still. Mouthfeel is decent other than the gum-numbing astringency....it’d get a 4 otherwise. Overall, it’s just another crude, brutish hop bomb, except with a severe yeast problem.
arminjewell (6221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brownish black with off white head, aroma has big pine notes to compliment the chocolate and roast present. Taste is simple, but delicious with notes of pine, some resin and citrus leading into sweet caramel, chocolate, finishing roasted and bitter.
Svesse (6163) - 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.
after4ever (6140) - 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.