BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had to rate this. I casually picked it up, thinking that it’d just be a nice, session harvest pale ale. Anything but...this baby needs a little time...
Spicy/herbal/pungent hop aroma. Very green (young) on the nose. Faint roast, but you know it’s there. Creamy entry. Bitter, hop assault. Faint, caramel/toasty background show through and balance the hops nicely.
A hint of Europe? Tasty, but not fully integrated by any means. It’s supposed to be about the hops and it still will be...when you drink it a year from now! A good, and potentially great, American "Strong" Ale. Cheers!
Nightsky (176) - Lutz, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is kin of earthy, or nutty. Slight head. Deep, dark burgundy red in color. Thin, light carbonation, citrus or hoppy in taste. Lingering finish.
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DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a half finger of off white head. Aromas of resin and floral notes, and a tad bit of roasty malts. Those wet hops are the story, big bitterness with hardly anything else going on. Thin and easy going down. I wish the malts had more of an impact.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a slight amber.
Big head took several sips and pours to get it all out of the bottle.
Not quite like an IPA or DIPA... but then again, kinda.
multi layered flavors, hoppy, malty, some fruit?
Nice finish, great aftertaste.
I’d get this again,
NeuroPliny (162) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Consumed on a patio. Pours dark rust brown with a generous tan head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is citrus hops and malt that comes through amplified in the flavour. The dark malts compliment the pleasantly bitter hops beautifully. This is a perfect patio beer for early spring. An easy drinking dark IPA. I love it!
Keir (156) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops, a touch of toasted malts, a hint of sweetness, and grapefruit. Tastes bitter with hops, toasty, caramel, a hint of citrus. Very dry on the tongue. A nice start to NYE.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look: Dark brown almost ruby red, 1 1/2 finger creamy off-white head. Smell: Citrus, mild grass, roasted malt, caramel sweetness, spiciness. Taste: Spicy hops, citrus, floral, pine in the burp, cherries, chocolate, caramel, smokey roasted malt, nice lingering bitterness. Feel: Medium-light body, soft carbonation. Overall: This was put together nicely. Nice bitter bite. Not really a "Black IPA", more of a "Dark IPA". One of my favorite seasonals. Recommended.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The description says this is a "heavyweight battle between Yakima hops and dark roasted malt", battle over, hops crushed malt and not in a good way. Pours a dark brownish, strong hop persents. Taste comes through with strong piney, resiney and bitter. Great label, down hill after that.
adrosson (148) - California, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at daily pint. Not memorable. Seemed a bit too dry without enough distinctness.
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evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Dave for this bottle. Pours dark crimson. Nice carbonation, but not enhancing the aroma. Some floral, ginger and resin. Decent malt backbone here. Not too hoppy. The citrus is there; just way in the backgound. More forefront is the caramel, spice and dough. Smooth finish.
There isn’t much going on here; but I don’t have anything bad to say about this beer. Not over hoppy; not too malty; no strong alcohol finish. Well done for a 9% beer at this price point.