douglas88 (9508) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2013
On tap at the Holiday Ale Fest. Pours a clear black color with a medium beige head. Light chocolate, some roast and fruity hops. The flavor is sort of pushing toward Black IPA, medium roast, bitter chocolate, fruity hops. Smooth. jredmond (8445) - New York, New York, USA - APR 18, 2012
Draft at Rattle with Andrew. Pours a deep red body with no head. Aroma is slightly sour cherry. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with notes of sweet malts, clove, sour cherry. elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 15, 2012
"Belgian" Black ipa? Reddish brown in hue, light for style. Head is cream colored. Aroma expressive tropical, minty, floral, fresh. Flavor is nice hop expression, a bit subdued on brown malts. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
On tap at Bear Republic in August 2009.
Poured a nice, dark brown with a pretty good head. Smell of medium roasted malts with a nice floral hoppiness along with a bit of spice. Taste was similar, with a nice bitterness; nothing overpowering, consistent with the style. Mouthfeel was thin to medium with adequate carbonation. Very nice and sessionable brew overall. Nicely complex while very easy drinking.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 02-16-2010 Leighton (21853) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2010
Bottle from tap. Pours opaque black with a medium, creamy white head. Light licorice aroma with bread and dark malts. Fairly sweet flavor with notes of dark candi sugar, raisin prune and faint bitterness. There is some slightly odd sour tinge, which may or may not be intended. Light to medium in body with average carbonation. Finishes sweetly with more dark, ripe fruit notes and some roasted malts. Not bad.
tgncc (3136) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Aroma is toasted malts, sour milk, wheat, some candi sugar. The appearance is a deep red brown, off-white head. The flavor is like the aroma, toasted malt, sour milk (not a pleasant sour), wheat, and vaguely mettalic. The finish is more or less like the flavor, again some metal, and light hop bittering. Not enjoyable at all. I wonder if this wasn’t infected somehow. Ratman197 (15109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2010
On tap at Falling Rock poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, earthinesscocoa, spice and light coffee. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, earthiness, coffee, light cocoa and light spice with a smooth lingering roasty finish. Nik925 (795) - USA - JUN 10, 2010
(tasted 3/1/08 @ their brewpub, found some old ratings). Very dark and bold, yet surprisingly smooth. The ABV is hardly noticable, but the flavor focuses on the malt. I expected more yeast flavors out of a Belgian Ale. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Ancient backlog. Aroma of chocolate, gently spice notes, bread. Flavor a basic Belgian yeasty feel with slight hops and some nutty character, some candi sugar. Increasingly chocolaty. Pretty good. Nickls (2554) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap)
Pretty near black, but could be considered a very dense dark, dark brown. Head was mostly white in color, not great retention. Prune sweetness and caught some alcohol in the nose, but followed with bitter chocolate hints. Chocolately maltiness with roasted characteristics. Darkish fruit flavors (ie not appley or citruisy). A bit thinner than I expected, but still a solid medium body. Pleasant and definitely sticks. Easy going on the sample, though I wouldn’t be eager to quaff another soon after this sample. Overall, pretty good brew, but not a standout