VALIS (210) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pretty dark red with lots of off-white bubbles. Dominant caramel on the nose with a little barbecue spice and plenty of malt. Nice balance between smooth and bitter. I thought I didn’t like Black IPAs but this changed my mind.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a big frothy tan head. Overwhelming scent of pine and hops. Taste is hops, hops, hops & HOPS. There is some mild maltiness that balances out the long, bitter finish but this beer is very intense and overwhelming. I’m not too sure about this beer. Perhaps just not in the mood for this style, Sadly this is the only one i have.
smjohnst (203) - , Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! This pours out an amazing dark brown with great foam. It is like drinking a stronger version of hopdevil with a much maltier taste to it. Amazing beer.
kimjongill (203) - - NOV 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Dark amber/brown pour with nice tan head. Not very clear but could be chill haze. Nice hop aroma. Good flavor and mouthfeel. A little lingering bitterness, but good balance between malts/hops overall.
shonobiwan (201) - Sound Beach, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Long Island, NY - 12 oz. bottle poured a cola color with a hint of dark burgundy with decent off white head and minimal lacing. Though this is suppose to be a Black IPA aroma was more like a dark ale with dark fruit overtones and with a hint of hops. The taste was the same. Interesting beer, definitely worth revisiting.
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rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz btl. Pours a deep clear copper with a frothy off white head.. Aroma of oily hops and some sweet caramel. Really nice hop aroma something crisp, resiny and refreshing about it. Starts with nice caramel and toffee malt notes followed up by a nice crisp hop kick with a pleasantly bitter finish. A great balance between roasty malt and fresh hops. A great unique IPA.
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark roasted amber with a french vanilla head. The aroma is a pronounced pine crusted scent that reminds me of the holiday season. The initial hit to the palate is a stick of hoppy dynamite with loads of pine and sap coasting down the gullet.. The aftertaste is greatly prounounced with a malty flavor of marshmallows and syrup as seems to be the trend with most east coast coated IPAs and such. Good but a bit much on the malts as it dances dangerously close to porterville. Good, yes... Great, ehhhh.. maybe... Still the high degree of alcohol difficulty is a positive.
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Bottle. Thanks JM. Aroma- Rounded malty sweetness with a floral hoppiness. Apprearance Hazy mohagany color with a thin tan head. Taste starts with a slight sweetness with a little caramel some hop flavor. Finishes somewhat dry with a firm bitterness. Smooth medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Overall a nice malty beer with a plenty of punch from the hops.
oOJUXEOo (196) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tony’s Place in Ivyland. Color is a deep rich red / brown. Head is not strong. Smells of hops hit your nose. Maybe Crystal hops? I would say this beer is more hop heavy than malt. Alcohol is well hidden under hop kick.
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted malt with sweetness on the aroma. Hops are piney but subdued. Pours a deep mahogeny with thick pillowy taupe head. Caramel and chocolate start; bitterness arrives late but no real hop flavor to be found. Thick body that finishes quickly. Roasted malt and nuttiness make this more like a bitter imperial brown.