Beergeek23322 (2030) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
3/17/2014. 22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aromas are dark roasted malt and some odd medicinal notes. Some strange metallic flavors with hints of chocolate and vegetables. Really weird and does not resemble a Black IPA apart from the color. Very hard to enjoy and may just end up in the drain.
stephenj007 (106) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bomber pour! Name matches the appearance, dark as night with a pillowy, tan head.
Mild overall aroma. Picking up some mild smoke roasted malts, coffee, some hints of chocolate and crisp hops. Actually, very mild aromas.
Tastes are very well balanced, not overpowering in any area, quite smooth and drinkable. Just a hint of hops on the finish. Washes down well, sticks around on the tongue for little time. The higher ABV is also already noticeable.
Would definitely drink this again. A very enjoyable black ale.
RobertDale (2927) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, and grass. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, grass, coffee, and citrus. Odd take on a Black IPA.
degbert (1005) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. I have an inherent mistrust of this beer because of the last sentence in the description; if you have to convince me how cool you are by how uncool you are, you probably worry too much about how cool you are. That said...pours very dark brown with a frothy, pillowy brown head. Not a lot of nose to it, but what there is is chocolate, mint, and burnt coffee. On the tongue, frankly, it’s not good -- instant coffee, intense vegetal notes, and an unpleasant fake spice note like cheap generic baked goods. Finish is long, bitter, and unpleasant. Not good.
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2013
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not a fan of this one. Has the requisite black appearance, but that about all I can say that is positive about this. Tons of off flavors, from metal to tobacco and a strangely sticky aftertaste to boot.
EnzoPR (7) - Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2013 does not count
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Black as the midnight, huge uncontrolable head, extremely off flavors of soap and metal, very hard to distinguish any actual beer flavor from it if there is actually one. My very first beer down the drain.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color with tan foam. Dry chocolate, smoke, earthy aromas. Frothy light body. Lightly sweet dark chocolate, dirt, floral hop flavors with black maltage--not bad.
Beerenberger (1273) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aroma of dark roastd malts, olives(?), and hints of peat smokiness and citrus/pine.. Pours a dark brown with mostly lasting rocky tan head and spotty lacing. The taste is moderately bitter. Burnt malts, peat, and a hoppy finish. The taste is quick. Medium-light to medium body with fizzy carbonatin. Oveall, not one I will try again.
rougeau13 (1867) - Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Spec’s. Really dark brown with an obscenely large tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, grass, and what smells almost like a Belgian yeast. The taste is full of roasted malt with a slight bitterness. Medium bodied and very dry. It’s decent, but with a mild aroma and a sharp, somewhat one-dimensional taste, it could be much better.
ansermadide (1466) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aged 1 year (bottled January 7, 2012): According to the brewer, this is probably the last bottle of the "old batch" in existence before the change in recipe. This old recipe, per the brewer(s), was the better of the two. It has a dark-brown color and a light-brown head. Its aroma is sweet and malty, thick and meaty, much like a sweet, robust porter. It gives a numbing, soft, sweet, almost watery mouth feel and flavor. It tastes like a well-aged beer... at only one year old. Good.