ModeEngage (105) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours opaque black with tan head. Smells of coffee and roasted malt. Drinks smoothly with moderate lingering bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Tastes of bread, coffee, and roasted malt.
DruncanVeasey (6800) - NUNEATON, Top 5, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bottle from Pioneer supermarket on Columbus. Thick obsidian pitch with the gloss, body and fat nicotine foam of an imperial stout several percent heftier. Nose serious Baltic soy, prune, malt loaf, carob and liquorice. Slick with mellow pungency; prune, bramble, burnt malt loaf, high cocoa solid chocolate and liquorice thick darkness. Some Belgianesque plum and nectarine like yeast in the background. Puffed rice and mint humbug hints. Reminds me of De Molen. Impressive and rounded although I was expecting some US accented citrus hop to illuminate the edges of the darkness.
snoworsummer (1467) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin, bubbly tan head. Tastes like booze, ash, very earthy, roasted, sweet, with bitter coffee flavor. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like earth, mulch, tobacco, booze, and coffee.
sonnycheeba (2932) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, coffee, earthy hops, woody notes, and light ash. Flavor is roast malts, dark chocolate and earthy hop bitterness, some ash, light espresso, and faint dried fruit; dry finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation.
madhatter4206 (6) - - JAN 7, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great dark wintery beer. Smooth and drinkable with a great depth of flavor. Not super hoppy considering it's an IPA
Lubiere (9301) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark IPA with a thin dark brown head, very viscous. In aroma, dark chocolate with pungent resinous hops, dark fruits, surprisingly nice. In mouth, a nice bitter chocolate with espresso coffee grind,, grassy resinous hops, orange pulp, alcohol warmth, excellent with blue cheese. OttBottShare Dec 15 2013.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours about pitch black. Resinous, piney nose with slight burnt notes. Full bodied with a nice smoothness on the tongue. Solid roasted character with a heavy pine influence. Robust and flavorful. A pleasant surprise from White Birch.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle
Split with b3shine and tastybeer this was a fine black IPA picked up in the Cleveland area. I think it was solid enough for me to try another one or two of their beers when I verify the freshness. Maybe White Birch is an up and comer in the northeast.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base slides gracefully into the sample sized glass. Slick legs like a mocha porter sweep downwards. Plums, malt, and oily resins warm the air like a very hoppy porter.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee, cinnamon, and a spicy edge are a little bit of unexpected pleasure. The dry transition of molasses emerges after about ten seconds. Finally comes a resiny finish from a balanced hop presence. From start to finish this is a very enjoyable black IPA. The fact it is also relatively affordable only makes it more appealing.
Ed5388 (1598) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber thanks to WillRunForBeer. Pours black with a small foamy mocha colored head. Aroma of mostly chocolate, coffee, and pine. Taste has a big piney hop presence, with lots of chocolate malt, bitter black coffee, and burnt toast.
tastybeer (1572) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Pour is black, tan head. Little retention/some lace. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, grass, citrus, roast. Taste is bitter, dark chocolate, roast, citrus, grass. Palate is soft, oily, bitter finish.