potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
OLD GABF rating. Brown with tan head. Aroma is huge floral and citrus hops like a fresh hop almost. Taste is bitter and a little watery. Super bitter dry bite lasting to end though.
patrickfannon (1205) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Caponeís with James. Pours turbid black with a wispy tan head. Aroma of resiny simcoe hops, pine, and deep roasted malts. Medium to full bodied with a tangy, bitter palate. Finishes with a touch of astringent dryness. Good.
jjuf1853 (1194) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Brass Tap. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Good lacing. Hefty amount of hops in the aroma but nicely balanced with the malts. Good bitterness in the tail end.
dbarnold (1106) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Decent Black IPA, but not as good as some otherís iíve had. Main reason there is the hop profile is lacking compared to those from STONE and 21st ammendment and Southern Tier. Hops were bitter without much character, no discernable specific flavor. So, drinkable but not great.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet aroma of dark figs, malts and resin. Beer has a bubble-bath-like foam covering a dark beer that could be mistaken as a stout until one tastes the hoppy citrus bite which I really dig. They say traditional IPA with malts added but I detect and smell a citrus kick that West Coasters could appreciate. The malts do overpower a bit and kind of give it an off smokiness which I sense in the finish (almost ashy). Thumbs up from both me and my wife (the female palate always gets consulted when I review brews).
juiceisloose (1050) - 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 (1048) - 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.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Pours an oily black with a thin lasting tan head. Spotty lacing. A good aroma from the first pour. Spruce, licorice, roasted malts, cocoa, and some floral citrus. Has a good carbonation. the flavor is hoppy bitter. has a good mouthfeel. The texture is oily. A medium body. A very slight burn. Has a strong finish and a great lingering aftertaste. If you like hops this is it. Great bitterness and real smooth.
Dfonorow (805) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours extremely dark brown to black with a large foamy tan head. Aroma is roasty, malty, burnt sugar, touch of bitterness. Flavor is roasty with a touch of hops and bitterness in the end. Some sweetness, a little too thin for my liking.
PapaSkeetSkeet (788) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown, black. dusty brown, short-lived head. Aroma and taste dominated by citrusy hops. Slight burnt note at the end of the flavor profile, otherwise the malt is undetectable and the hops left unbalanced. Good structure to the mouthfeel. Itís nice to see a new style brewed by Weyerbacher, but this is nothing unique besides that. Alex B: "itís like dressing an IPA in a porterís clothing."