Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2009
A dark stout with a thin moka head. A super pleasant coffee chocolate with nice c-hops, roasted coffee beans. In mouth, a nice bitter chocolate, well balanced with capuccino, and a good dose of west coast hops, lingering in mouth, very roasted and intense. Well done. On tap at brewpub, Sept. 5 2009.
Sammy (12601) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
Festival Bières et Saveurs 2009. This brewery rotates 50 recipes so I was happy to get the basics. A very decent stout, medium mouthfeel, a tad sour, with chocolate up front. Black without significant head. Roasty, and chocolate, aroma. jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2010
2010-10-29. Black body, small frothy tan head. Flavour is interesting, modest roast, modest bitterness throughout, light green leafy character. It is not super complex, but quite good. Modest leafy green hops in the aroma. 6+ Average palate. 3+ Pretty decent. Cask at Volo, Toronto
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2008
My Bottom Line:JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
Citrusy hops flourish through the spicy sweetness of molasses, as fresh coffee notes flawlessly lead to resinous bitterness for a complex and completely harmonious Black IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam slowly sinks into the brown-tinged blackness.
-The body is healthy and more redolent of IPAs than Stouts (not creamy, but slender).
-The dextrins work in unison with the hops and yeast, and licorice, vanilla and sarsaparilla impressions appear once in a while. The sign of a truly well crafted recipe.
-This is very drinkable throughout, just like any other well-made and well-hopped American IPA.
On tap at the brewpub.
Pint at the brewpub. Deep black pour with a tight creamy tan head. The aroma is loaded with hoppy pine needles and resinousness. Lots of chewy hops over a very roasty base. Sticky hop oils and some roast as well. A little bit of cocoaish flavour but the hops are the start here. Black IPA even if the brewers call it a "West-coast style stout" - and a damn good one at that.
czar (9338) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2012 on tap at brewpub. pitch black with a creamy dark beige head, very good retention/lacing. very floral, piney and tons of roastiness. light to medium body, velvety, average carbonation. very nice brew! mabel (9245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2010
[3445-20101029] Cask. Fragrant fruity malt aroma has a mild oil paint and candy notes. Black body has medium brown bubbles. Cigarette bitter roasted fruit skins flavour. Medium body. Nice to sip.
TaktikMTL (7921) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2008
(Cask Days @ Volo, Toronto, ON)
En fût. Verre de 20 oz dégusté à la brasserie. Arôme: Légère odeur de citron et de café. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café avec une pointe d’agrumes et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #2062) blankboy (7788) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2010
Cask at ’Volo Cask Days 2010’ . Pours black with a spare lasting bubbly tan head. Really nice hoppy aroma, I love it! Delicious flavour with lots of leafy green hops along with light roasted malt, some fruit, chocolate and a decent bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. A fantastic beer! Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 3, 2010
Volo Cask Days 2010
Aroma slight hint of soap , hop feel with hint of soy sauce ,dark malt ,cocoa , vanilla and licorice. 7+
Appearance clean ,easy flowing almost black in colour. Rocky mid top.3+
Flavor and Palate : Medium bodied. Frontal short bursts of dry roast followed by citrus hop profile. Mid presented with dark malts , hint of chocolate , licorice. Finish touch by dryness of alcohol.