mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep brownish amber color with a fizzy tan head. This brew is pretty much what youíd expect. The aroma and taste are very hoppy. There is a hint of coffee on the nose and a touch of chocolate in the flavor. The roasted malts add some balance to the bitterness. A unique idea that somewhat resembles an imperial IPA
DrSilverworm (4016) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Totally black appearance, minimal brownish-white head. Hoppy IPA taste, but some more malty, roasted flavors are also evident. Itís a nice blend, a unique take on the IPA. Texture is a little thick, more softly carbonated than I prefer, but it might work for this type of drink. I just wish it were a little smoother.
vyvvy (3421) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours quite dark brown, but has a reddish hue to it and a dense tan head. The aroma has roasty malt that doesnít seem all that bitter, cream and a hint of hops. Medium / full body that is smooth and it has fairly gentle carbonation. The taste begins with dark maltiness with some cream, cocoa and milkiness. There is a bit of spiciness in there as well. The finish has more of a roasty bitterness and a bit of cocoa. I noticed after getting home that this was bottled three months from the date drinking it, so there is some age on this. Hopefully I can try a fresh bottle in the future and get proper notes, but this was still a good beer at this age.
beerfest5 (837) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
damn good black IPA, the more balanced version Ive had for sure, usually the roasted malts take a back seat to the hops to throw in your face that this is a black ipa, but the malts and hops work equally here, and neither dominates the other. delicious.
beernovice39 (3038) - Montana, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Liberty. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Scent is citrus and hoppy. Roasted malt taste with a bready finish.
alobar (2509) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours exactly as described-pitch black with a cream-colored head. Aroma of pine, hops, and roasted malt. Not as bitter or big as many black IPAís. Most roasted malt and caramel sweetness with just a touch of hop bitter bite at the back end. Porter-like consistency. Decent beer.
TMoss (9) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma has both pine and citrus notes mingling with the dry roasted malt aroma. Beer needs more aggressive aromatic hopping. Plenty bitter which is accented nicely by the dark malts but really want more aroma and pungent hoppage. Not bad but not great.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours predictably: dark brown (almost black) with a dense, but thin, head of tan. Aromas are weak... a little bit of earthy roasted malt with a floral hops presence and just a hint of tropical fruit. Flavor is OK, but comes across as slightly soapy... dark malt chocolate with a hint of floral and citrus hops that almost tastes like hand soap at times. Itís OK, but could be much more interesting.
Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured dark clear black color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and and small hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate toasted bittersweet flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration. My expectations where met.
Finhead (1035) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown pour with orangish-red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is hoppy with pine dominating. The medium body has a slick texture with lively carbonation. The taste is bitter throughout, but with some slight caramel lurking in the background.