TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a thin head that dissipates too quickly. Aroma led by coffee, other malt notes, and a touch of hops - pretty nice. The flavor starts out with fruit notes (mostly apple), which gives rise to malts (coffee, toasted notes), and the finish is driven by citrus and pine hops. Fairly light on the palate, while still complex. Not a typical black IPA, but pretty good - it manages to avoid being out of balance, which seems to be such a common black IPA pitfall. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Backlogged rating: Black with frothy head. The aroma has notes of resin, grassy and catty hops. Charred and roasted malts with some yeasty esters. The taste has sharp hop profile, acidic with some cat urine and medicinal notes. Espresso coffee notes as well. Moderately carbonated with chalky and ashy finish. A solid offering. osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Pours a deep brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, sugar and light pine. Flavor of roasted malt and coffee. bigtaster (969) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours black with hint of brown around the edges, frothy off white head great lacing. Nice molasses and brown sugar some pine hops. Medium to light body, a bit watery, slight dryness coupled with bittering hops and licorice. Interesting, could use more hops, but quality. ganache (5852) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle. Nose quite hoppy, of the piney-resinous sort, with strong caramel and a hint of spice; with eyes closed, this is a strong IPA. Deep brown-black pour with a short light-brown head. Taste dry on the level sugar content but benefits from some balancing sweetness from the hop oils, medium bitterness that’s blunted by the sweetness and caramel. Malt character is too straight here, but in concert with the hops it’s actually contributing something nice. Hops are much stronger, especially when the pine/resin dominate the finish. Fullish body with some crispness but only mild alcohol (more like 6% abv), so bravo. Not getting much roast or astringency or even a hint of burnt or black malt, just a little bit residually toward the end.
jkbachman (181) - - JAN 29, 2013
Grapefruit, roasted coffee, and lemon aromas. Heavy roasted character when tasting but features a strong hop flavor profile is present.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jgb9348 (6191) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Deep dark brown coloured body with a cola coloured glow near the bottom, and a nice one centimetre tall lighter brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, milk, nuts, caramel and perhaps a tiny bit of hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt flavour with toffee and nuts very strongly flavoured, some lighter hop notes with citrus and perfume coming through and a pungent alcohol and toffee sweetness at the end. Aftertaste shows a little hop note, a lot of sugars, but mostly a roasted malt flavour with a bit of lactic notes and a lot of earth. Overall, a decent Black IPA, but I was hoping for much more hops and a bit of a more robust and complex flavour. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 30-December-2012 for US$9.59/4 pack, sampled at home in Washington on 28-January-2013. jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12oz bottle-trade with jtclockwork-rich lt brown-black with red tint. A-roasty dk malt, pine. T-anise/roasty dk malt, pine/resin hops with some bite. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Dark brown with a thin brown crown and minor lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, peaty notes, coffee, caramel, light smoke and faint citrus. Taste of chocolate, citrus, peat and soy sauce with a mild bitter finish. jtclockwork (16436) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose/taste of resin, pine, cocoa, chocolate malt and dank citrus. A bit chalky. Medium body. Finishes with lots of pine/resin.