bruwery (35) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Walldorff. I love this beer. Lots of hop aroma, plenty of roasted malt, nice dark appearance, and an alcohol kick that screams "I am more than just a mug of fizzy water". This, to me, is a way above average Black IPA - and it pairs up nicely with their Jack’s Inferno pizza.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft atthe pub. Not bad. Pours black with a decent head. Slight hop aroma and flavor. Their only half-way decent beer.
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
A generous bonus in a recent trade this piqued my curiosity based on the label alone. An unknown small brewery from a state known for its beer could be good or a disaster. This one falls somewhere in between. A basically average black IPA it’s the type of thing that is pleasant to discover from time to time. Not everything has to be from one of the big names in the industry.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid inky black body was delicate and mobile. A bubbly head rose to the top though it was hard to see if there was any carbonation given the darkness of the beer. Chocolate chip raisin bread, wood shavings, and flat cola escape with ease. There is some cohesiveness but the beer is not good enough to stand alone.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee cake, warm resiny hops, and a slippery malt base are interesting for the first ten minutes. The last few sips get to be boring. There’s enough character to make it a solid discovery but not enough to make me want to seek out more of Walldorf’s releases. Assuming it is somewhat fresh I’d recommend this to those traveling through Michigan. I would not however likely trade for this again.
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft at the brewpub. I enjoyed the citrusy hop profile, but the alcohol bite was a little strong..... could’ve been balanced a little better. Overall, an interesting concept and a drinkable beer.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark cola like brown/black color with a fluffy, coastered tan head. Mixed aroma of dark roast, slight licorice, with some hop characteristics poking through. This beer is odd in that as an IPA the hops aren’t extremely strong in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Hmm, interesting flavor, as opposed to the nose the hops are for sure there and in true form. Nice start with some roasted cofffee flavors mixed with some sweetness and then balanced out with some hoppy pine/citrus flavors. Bitterness lingers on. For 8.3% the alcohol doesn’t really show that much.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
MiBG Summer Fest 2010: Deep brown with frothy head. The aroma has notes of roasty and charred malts, grassy hops, medicinal and catty vapours that is honestly weak. The taste displays sweet chocolate and charred malts, some coffee and toast, light handed noble hops that need to be more forceful. The mouth feel is soft and clean finishing which is actually surprising within the genre. Simply okay and too reserved for it’s own good. With the word "double" in the name I fully expected a lot more.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle. Big hoppy nose, with nice mint, lime zest, and dank herbs, all backed with a pleasant dark powdery cocoa sensation. Pour a vibrant brown-black, with a good finger in super-lacey burnt-bamboo-colored head. Flavors are rich and snappy. Bright piney and spicy hops, then some zesty floral sensation, a bit of soap and a finish in brown malts. Seems light on the darker shade of the style, but I really like the hop flavor, the alcohol presence and the added malt signature. Palate is balanced and crisp. Thanks so much Sean! This is great.
thirdeye11 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bomber via trade with deyholla) clear very dark brown, creamy dark tan head. Nose of chocolate malt, cream, celery, citrus oils and candied ginger. Taste of sweet chocolate, very nice rye component, fudgey, great oily bittersweet finish. Extremely well balanced all the way around. Super easy to drink as well.
mar (5216) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured a deep brown almost black with ruby hints. nose is faint roasted malts, citrus, and piney hops. not bad on the palate, flavor is hops and light roastiness.
Mora2000 (6151) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2010 Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a very dark red- brown color with a tan head. The aroma is alcohol, toffee and dark fruit. The flavor is toffee, alcohol, roasted malt and resiny hops. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good Black IPA, but not the best I have tried.