blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, by trade with beachbum25, amber color with a good sweaty hop aroma, flavors of caramelly bitter grapefruit, malty bitter finish
drowland (5981) - 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.
blankboy (5970) - 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.
BVery (5969) - 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.
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Deep amber brown with a beige head. Sweet hops in the aroma, with a touch of roasted malt and herbal notes. The flavor has floral hops, pine needles, and finishes with a nice roasty bitterness. Very nice.
BBB63 (5962) - 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)
Glouglouburp (5956) - 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.
douglas88 (5832) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle shared by Eric. Pours a clear copper color with a large creamy beige head. A mellow hop aroma, sweet and citrusy, light caramel. A great flavor; bitter and aggressive hops, sweet caramel and toasted malts, a nice creamy mouthfeel. Very nice, extremely drinkable.
SudsMcDuff (5792) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
wow, ..had on tap, in Texas, that’s all mr. govt .. . dark muddy brown .. . smells of syrup and honestly, hangover diarrhea .. i don’t care if my eardrums blow out .. . medium mouth .. decent, but for who makes it, and what it should halfway be, Absolute Pants! .. .crap .. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmoEYxvLvF0 ..1:35 ..
DSG (5657) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Clear dark brown color with a beige head. Roasty-hoppy aroma with some citrus, a bit of pine and floral notes. Flavor has some roastiness, light sweetness, grapefruity and piney hops and a bitter, roasty and hoppy finish. Medium-bodied. Very nice.