chrisbcano (22) - Houston, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) roasted coffee, citrusy aroma.dark pour with a cream colored head. bitter taste, as with ipas. a light feel with a long, strong finish. not my favorite, but good.
sthlm (1280) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Pours black with a very light tan head. Floral, perfumey, mandarin orange and grapefruit rind, blends nicely with lightly roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel with a decent finish. Certainly not a remarkable beer, but it was enjoyable and fairly well made.
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer pours black with a thick tan head. The aroma is light coffee and some milk chocolate. The flavor is the same. This beer is more pike a weak porter than any kind of IPA. not bas but not that good either.
hoptrip619 (10) - California, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Was surprised to see this at Station in SP - Poured jet black with a rapidly dissipating head. - Aroma was faint with roasted malts and subtle pine-like hops. Flavor was alright but nothing to write home about. Cool to see these guys doing new stuff.
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful black beer with lovely hop and roasted malt nose. I am not a huge fan of these black IPAs and Widmer (though a quality brew) is one of my least favorite. The bitterness in this case does not mix too well with the roasted malt.
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a mahogany body with a small off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, earth, caramel, roasted malt, and orange. Flavor of pine, herbs, grass, roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate with a dry, bitter finish.
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark walnut brown with a tight beige head that shows decent retention and leaves high on the glass. Aroma and flavour is all about the Cascade: citrus rind and resin in abundance. There isn’t much roast or burnt malt character-- just enough to attenuate any meaningful sweetness. Really this drinks like any well-made West Coast IPA, it just looks impressively dark. The hops are what make this beer good, the black malts are almost superfluous.
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep, mahogany brown. Foamy tan head. Aroma is mostly a piney hops, with malt overtones. Flavor is very hoppy up front ,with malt overtones and a malt aftertaste. Malty for an IPA. It feels a bit thicker than a usual IPA as well. Overall, a great beer.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pour was fairly dark with a light tan head. Aroma was of citrus and light spicy hop. If my eyes were closed, I would not guess that this beer was colored the way it was for there was hardly any burnt or roasted flavors. It seems like there was just enough black malt added to darken the beer but not quite enough for much flavor. It is a very well blended IPA, but if one was to travel to this unique area of a beer style, I would have liked to have seen them take it a bit further and combine the full roast flavor with a bitter IPA.
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with an attractive tan head and a sweet toasty chocolate aroma. The flavor is roasted malt with subtle chocolate and residual bitterness. Not like any other IPA I have tried, but interesting and tasty.