Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2010 Dark reddish-tinged brown with a small khaki head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Juicy hop aroma, more grass and citrus than pine. Nice toasted malt to go with it. Taste is dark roasted malt punctuated by a strong hop punch. The sweetness of the malts is definitely noticeable. Tons and tons of citrus hop flavor. Grapefruit and orange swim in a sea of toasty malt flavor. Nicely balanced. Smooth, medium body. Great showing from one of my new favorite styles.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma is a wonderful bouquet of citrus, pine, and resin with a few roasted notes. This beer isn’t really black, but the taste certainly says Black IPA. A very nice marriage of dark roasted malts and high alpha hops with strong bitterness. This is good stuff.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
6 pack from North End Market. Poured into shaker. Pours a clear orange/amber with a deceptively aggressive tan head that holds and laces nicely to the finish. Pretty uncomplex with alcohol upfront in both aroma and flavor. Some background notes of light malts and a bit of dry finish with bitter hop aftertaste. A great 6 pack for sure.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Naked City’s Victory Night for SBW. Pours dark red with a decent off-white head. Strong barleywine-like hoppy strawberry caramel aroma and taste. Smooth with a malty pine finish.
Scouser (324) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice looking beer, deep reddish brown colour, with lots of cream coloured head and lacing. Nice floral citrus aroma. Hoppy bitterness with caramel, coffee undertones. A nicely balanced complex beer.
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; cloudy red to brown with small pale brown-gold; aroma-, caramel, resin, pine, sweet; taste-medium sweetness and bitterness, fizzy, full body,long finish, mostly bitter. Delicious mixture of heavy Malta and good hops.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown hazy pour-taste of citrus, grass, floral, big bitter hop finish
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours transparent brown with a hint of red. Aroma is a combo of citrus and floral hop notes. The flavor has a nice malt punch followed by a slightly bitter hop finish. Good mouthfeel. Solid.
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2010 Pours a dark red; citric aroma. This is essentially a very hoppy barley wine, or a double ipa with big malt front. Hops don’t feel fresh here, but I’m getting a more floral variety of the hop. Barley wine style caramel malt balance with a double ipa aggressive hop finish. The hops and malt intermingle to get an almost watermelon jello taste at times. Orange rind flavor comes out as it warms, 8.7% is not detectable. No real roast, or stout characters. Quite good, strong beer.
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours mahogany brown with a fluffy tan head. aroma is sweet, sticky aromatic resiny hops and caramel. nice malty edge. flavor is BITTER floral hops, caramel, dark fruit. loads of malt, bold spicy, earthy, succulent hops. finish is long, dry, bitter. thick and heavy strong ale. glorious.