Bulk_Carrier (3347) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It pours a nice dark black giving about a full one inch foamy tan head in my pint glass. Lacing coats the glass in a perfect full foaminess. The smell has chocolate, coffee, hops and roasted malts all combined very nicely. The taste is sweet and bitter in different aspects but still combined nicely as well. The palate is fairly heavy, but also could be closer to medium. Some acceptable harshness on the tongue as it should be considering the style of the beer. Overall, this is a very nice black ale that I would come back to.
superspak (4233) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 11/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Medium pine and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky/resinous, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
johnnymusky (825) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer had a great flavor...but finish was rough....really bitter and long lasting finish....would be great if bitterness was mellowed out...
milewide (1958) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from 11/15 bottling. Black with creamy tan head. Roast and coffee taste with modest bitter after taste.
WillRunForBeer (1996) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Two year old bomber. Yeah, I know Iím not supposed to age it. will re-rate when I get a fresher example. Honestly though, this is pretty decent for a black IPA that sat in the back of my fridge for 2 years. Sure, the fresh piney hop aroma is long gone, but thereís still caramel, molasses and coffee on the nose, and the taste is fairly well balanced, still retaining some bitterness. Molasses and coffee up front, overextracted coffee and pine bitter in the finish. If youíve got an old bottle lying about, donít be afraid.this drinks like a thin, but balanced Porter.
tfontana (474) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from East Derry General Store. Aroma is a combination roasted malts/chocolate/fruit/hint of coffee and yeast. Appearance is opaque black with some sparkling on the outside of the glass and 1 finger tan creamy/foamy head with excellent retention and nice foamy lacing. Nice crackling sound to the head. Taste is complex robust coffee-like bitterness balanced with moderate malty sweetness and hoppy finish--almost a porter up until that last feature. Palate is medium bodied creamy texture with nice carbonation--itís there but complements the beer nicely rather than competes with it or demands attention. Finish is long, wet, mixture of the coffee-like bitterness and maltiness. Overall, this beer hits on all cylinders for me and has a lot going on for all the senses. Hard to find fault with anything and I canít put it down. Black IPAís can go too hoppy for me but this performs more of a tease with the hops and is quite unique. Yum!
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thick black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of brownie, toffee, dark fruit, cocoa powder, slight anise, touch of vanilla, slight pine and spice. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, toffee, mint, some pine into some cocoa, slight roast, touch of brown sugar, finishing slightly sweet, bitter.
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample at the tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 2/5/15. Pitch black pour with a thick light brown head. Aroma of malt, roast, chocolate, molasses and coffee. Malty flavor with coffee and chocolate accents before a big roasty finish. Very nice.
thornecb (5278) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black into a tulip.. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Dark chocolate aromas. Soft and dry with dark chocolate and coffee front to back. Lasting sour charred resin finish.
Nsanders (928) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Pizza Luce. Deep brown with a light brown head and light lacing. Piney, powdered sugar, burnt coffee and grass. Taste has a light sweet start, but is mostly bitter. Body is medium with a foamy feel.
Stoned99 (977) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Winooski Beverage Warehouse... (Version I drank was fall 2014). Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roast, burned toast. Dark brown - black, medium frothy head. Taste and palate: medium head, lively carbonation, creamy, a little bit of citrus and pine up front but then bitter finish. Overall: would prefer to have more notes of citrus in this beer, imo the blend between stout and IPA isnít perfect. The beer is good but not the perfect Black IPA in my mind but still a really good stout...maybe I waited for too long before drinking it and all the citrus taste is gone or this fall 2014 version is less on the citrus side.