vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is much like your typical IPA. The color is rich and dark as you would expect. The flavor is like a creamier IPA with a hint of chocolate. Very interesting.
BVery (6974) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Black pour with a creamy beige head. Looks marvelous. Smells like an IPA, tastes like an IPA, looks like a frothy stout. Taste is mostly pine hop - with a Lagunitas-like creaminess to it. Nice brew.
markas101 (1903) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, JL Beers, Fargo, ND, USA. Deep black colour, frothy beige head. Fresh hop aroma, deceiving for the appearance. Some chocolate on the first sip, then fading to a bitter finish.
j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of kenb in the Mystery Swap v4.0. Pours a clear dark ruby brown with a medium sized tanned beige head. Big pine and citrus, sticky, caramel. Medium bodied, malty, spicy earthy grapefruit pith. Finishes with some light roast, and grapefruit. Tasty, thanks Ken.
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a deep, and see through, brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral, a little earthy, and toasty. Tastes of pine, toasted caramel, floral, and some chocolate.
19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with a soft, frothy beige head. Solid toasted malt body that was refreshingly not heavily roasted. Piney hops with a leafy, citrus, floral character. Good offering.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the Draught house. Pours a dark ruby pour with soapy beige head. Aroma is soap, caramel, bitter. Flavor is soap, bitter, nutty, bread. Nice carbonation.
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 This was a pleasant surprise from Widmer. Iím not a big fan of all of the new black (D)IPAs and still found this beer quite enjoyable. Thereís a healthy if restrained roasted/chocolate malt note. The hops are floral and piney, strong but not harsh. Itís quite dry, which is very good for this sub-style. Itís a creamy, rich beer that drinks bigger than its abv. I assume this beer is a limited edition, which is really a shame as itís quite good.
mybrainhurts (356) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky, brown pour. Not exactly "pitch black", but darker than most IPAís. Aroma of charred toast, pine, grapefruit. Flavors of citrus, grapefruits, and perhaps a touch of roasted malts. Bitter, juicy hop finish. Watery mouthfeel. Not complex or really that mind blowing. Fair I guess.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really dark brownmore than black but that was the least of my complaints. It smelled weird, sort of hoppy and then brown ale. The taste was more of the same, mostly dark malts with a slight bit of hops, like a hoppy brown ale but not an IPA as far as my tastebuds are concerned. Still, not a bad beer but not a true black IPA like Stone 11.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-18-2010 03:43:54