nearbeer (5608) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2011
22 oz, labeled "Last Cast" Black IPA. I assume this is the same beer. Nose is coffee, grapefruit, resin and juicy orange. Taste is the same with some ash and cocoa as well. Medium-to-heavy body is slightly sticky, but well dried by the hops and the lightly astringent roast. Torontoblue (85) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2011
Draught at the Tamarack Brewpub, Missoula. Lovely dark brown/black in colour. Big hop aroma; Orange peel, grapefruit & pine, with an underlying hint of roasted malt. Medium bodied, with nice juicy hops leading to a very pleasant bitter finish. There wasn’t as much of the roast flavours coming through as I’ve witnessed with other "black" IPA’s, but overall this is a very more-ish version of the style. DuffMan (10667) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle. Everything about this brew makes it the best offering yet from the Bitter Root Brewing Company, from the label art to the beer itself. Hazy dark brown with a light brown head that laces the glass nicely. Aroma is very piney and fresh, and given time, some chocolates notes come forward. Fresh piney foresty hops steal the show, with dark malts underlying. Solid bitter finish. Excellent! Darkmagus82 (2303) - - NOV 7, 2014
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown nearly black color with a one finger head of a cream colored foam. The head has a great level of retention, holding on for quite some time before fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a roasted malt smell along with strong showing of a grapefruit hop and a little bit of a coffee smell. Some lighter pine and chocolate aromas are there as well with these mixing with some caramel to create a very smooth and delicious hoppy dark aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice blend of sweet, roast, and malt. The taste begins with a moderate roastiness which maintains its strength throughout the taste. The hop upfront is largely of a grapefruit nature with some hints of pine mixed within. The pine grows stronger in intensity as the taste advances and is joined by a little bit of an earthy taste as well. Right from the start there are also some caramel and chocolate flavors, which start out stronger and fade ever so slightly toward the end. With the transitions that occur during the taste, one is left with a rather nicely balanced and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. For the style the thicker body is fantastic for the darker and hoppier flavors of the brew all while the moderate carbonation is perfect for the sweeter flavors and for keeping it easier drinking overall.
Overall – This was a very easy drinking and enjoyably balanced black IPA. One to certainly try if you get the opportunity!!
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Solid black with some yeast chunks, frothy, big, creamy brown head. Aroma of roast malt, light coffee, floral and resinous hops. Taste has bitterness from burnt malt and hops, solid malt body. It seems like I’ve been having a lot of good Black IPA’s in the last few months and each time I think, "Wow, this is the best Black IPA I’ve had." I can honestly say, THIS is the best Black IPA I’ve ever had. It is perfectly balanced, there is a lot of coffee/burnt malt taste, but it doesn’t mask the hops at all. Same for the hops, they are bold and vibrant, but they do not conflict with the creamy malty body and burnt flavor. I will be buying more of this next time I see it.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Black oily pour. Dense lousous head. Amazing pine, citrus and plume nose. Great attack and long lingering finish. beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - NOV 23, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 Bottle pours black with an off white top. Scent is pine and roasted malt. Taste is pine, some roast and pine. Very drinkable
3.5 bottle 3.9 draft bhensonb (15765) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2014 Bomber from Brewforia. Good to be #10! Pours very dark brown with a frothy 3 finger light tan head. Mild cat piss aroma. Med body. Strong cat piss, aka citrus, flavor over some slightly burnt malt. It’s so hoppy it’s astringent - or maybe that’s the burnt malt. Cleans the nasal passages - good stuff. Good stuff on repeat. salvaticas (980) - - DEC 28, 2013
On tap at Montana Brew Works in Bozeman. Nice and smooth with some bitterness. Good winter beer
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Draft at the Montana Brwers Fest in Missoula. Pretty much black color, brown head. Aroma of chocolate covered pine needles. Taste is bitter and roasty, nice combo.