puboflyons (1430) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From batch one bottled in April 2011. It pours as black as a cave from the Lost River of New Hampshire with a nice half inch, long-lasting, silky brown head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is full of dark baking chocolate, a yeasty maltiness, and a piney, earthy hoppiness. The body starts out light on the tongue but seems to get bolder as I swallow it. There is not as much chocolate in the flavor but it is elegantly replaced by a dark fruity sensation but not overly bitter. It has a long hoppy finish. Wonderful example of the style.
AirForceHops (1853) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled Apr 2011, batch 1. Thick full mocha head that was very fluffy. Slow die down. Good lace. Looks like a nicely pored stout. Nose of Hops , resin and chocolate with some malt. Nice flavor of roast, sweet chocolate, with lots of bitterness. As the brew warms, tons of bitterness comes through. Great balance. A great example of this style.
BeardBeerGuy (21) - stoughton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma; roasty, bread, chocolate, coffee, floral, spruce, citrus, resin, leather, earthy, raisin, licorice,
Appearence: black, rocky head, frothy, brown foam, porter esque
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, a good expression of black ipa.
Palate: medium body, sticky, lively, bitter, long finish,
Overall: Definitive for the style. An excellent example. Nice job Adam.
jimhilt (2275) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a one finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light pine hop nose. Flavor is roasted coffee and pine hops. Unusual black ale, the 103 IBUs are balanced by the malts. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Bottled Apr 2011, batch 1. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle, from Concord Cooperative Concord, NH.
johnnnniee (1501) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this at the open house and today decided to open one of the bottles I bought then.
Pours a solid black color with a fluffy khaki head that slowly recedes to a ring on top. Smells of roast and hints of chocolate mixed with pine and citrus and a slight bit phenols. Taste is roasty with dark chocolate and hint of molasses. Bitter piney hop resin cuts through the roast very nicely. The finish leaves a long lingering hop and roasted grain thickly on my palette. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, creamy resinous mouthfeel. I seemed to notice the roasted grains a lot more from this bottle than I remember from the open house. Its possible a little age brought the roast out a little more. This beer blurs that line between IPA and stout in fact if you gave me this and told me it was a hoppy stout I wouldn’t have argued with you. Tasty brew no matter what you call it.
BroSpud (1360) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large bottle. Pours deep dark brown with a tan head. Very complex malt flavors - licorice, coffee, chocolate, vanilla - it’s all in here. Balancing it all out is the perfect amount of hop bitterness. This is a good one.
Ernesto987 (2378) - Connecticut, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2012 Very good over 130 ibus very hoppy delicious ipa good roasted flavors very well made beer I love it!!!