DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 17/09/2010
Hoppy aroma. Dark coloured strong in alcohol hoppy and fruity with a citrus flavour. A hint of dryness in a crisp bitter and nutty malt finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Belvidere on 11/19/2010. Clear dark brown body with a small creamy off-white head. Sweet chocolate, light roast and big floral/resiny hop aroma. Big floral/resiny hop flavor with roast and chocolate. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
juiceisloose (1202) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Redlight Redlight. This one pours a nearly pitch black color with some mahogany at the edges and topped by a thick, tan colored head of foam that slowly settles to a thin film leaving rings of lace around the glass. The aroma shows a good amount of orange and grapefruit citrus hops along with some pine resin notes. The base is of black patent malt, and good amount of barley roast, which enhances the bitterness. The flavor follows suit with the roast, pine, and citrus hops up front followed by hints of smoke and black malt. The roast and hops really add to the bitterness level, but I would like to some more balance. Medium bodied, but a touch thin with balanced carbonation that leads to a semi-dry and bitter finish. Lots of hops and roast in this black ipa. Nice stuff.
jsmerig (1387) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Itís an IPA in a Stouts clothing! Pours nearly black with a thick rich tan head. Aroma is nearly exactly that of an IPA. The taste is smoky and dark with a bit of sweetness and a dry bitter finish. The only part that is off-putting is a bit of a sour flavor that lingers for a moment at the finish. Overall a very interesting combination.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep coffee brown with a creamy beige head. Great nose of piny hops and roasted malts. Roasty palate with light - medium hop bitterness in the finish, damn tasty!
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle thanks to Mora2000) clear dark brown with creamy tan head. Nose of rhubarb, grassy, herbal and chocolate malt. Taste of bitter chocolate, melon, rhubarb, creamy body with a very bitter finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Caponeís last Saturday.
Pours near black with a nice, tan head and a good amount of lacing as it went down. Smell is puzzling, as thereís really nothing there. I get the faintest whiff of hops, but canít really discern anything about them. Likewise, the roast from the flavor isnít really coming through either. The taste is a big improvement, with some nice, resinous pine hops with a bit of citrus. Roasted malt as well. Nice dryness from both factors. Good drinkability; an all-around tasty CDA.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-28-2010
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of citrus, florals, toasted grain, light coffee, cocoa, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, some chocolate, citrus, and herbs.
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark reddish brown IPA with a thin off white head. A very classic IPA aroma with pungeant c-hops overlayed with burned coffee beans. In mouth, a hop bomb with stringent c-hops, white grapefruits, bilous notes, strong black coffee, a bit unbalanced. On tap at RFD, Sept. 18 2010.
Gfei (17) - Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is predominantly American hopswith maybe a slight hint of malt.
Nice strong bitterness, not as much roast as I expect from a black IPA. Medium to medium heavy body, mouth feel nice and smooth with a bit bite from the coronation. Overall a decent IPA.