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.
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.
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.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks bro! Pours dark ruby to brown with a wet tan head. Sweet malty and hop aroma. Initially very hoppy and bitter but mellows out into a warm woody finish with some lingering bitterness. Slightly sharp but foamy. Haven’t had too many black IPAs but I think this was a good choice.
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle into tulip. A medium sized light tan head briefly tops a ruby brown body. Aroma is mildly piney, with some roasted malt, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor is mostly bitter, citrus pith and pine is somewhat harsh, a little grassy, nutty with underlying sweetness. Medium full and smooth carbonation. A bit of a chore at times and lacking cohesion. Not so harmonious a resolution in this battle.
pressboxjoe (187) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Was looking forward to this since its announcement. Pretty and dark. Robust, balanced aroma, everything from celery to caramel to chocolate. Everything is amplified with this beer - big malt, big bitterness. Nothing really subtle about this beer IMO. Big flavor. Almost tealike in its dry bitterness. Actually kind of smells like a brewery - but its a mustiness I actually find appealing. I love this beer.
scooter520 (185) - - JAN 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Cap Ale. Really great! Perfect malty, hoppy balance. Caramel, nutty, effervescent. I really liked this one.
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reverendj (182) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
MMMMMMMMMMMMMM! Black IPA is an unfair label to hang on this fine brew. Burnished ruby on the pour with a firm cap of eggshell foam that will float a cap. Very piney aroma with a solid whiff of caramelized sugar is my take on the nose. While this is not really a winter warmer, it fills the bill in the temperate climate of coastal Georgia. There is a heavy dose of sweet malt here balanced nicely by the juicy hop bitterness with hints of cocoa and smokey peat. Victory should brew this year ’round!