Ron (4262) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Draft at McGreg’s. clear medium brown, ring of creamy tan bubbles. Nose of chocolate malt, brown sugar, bitter citrus. Taste of grapefruit, chocolate malt, more bitter than balanced but a nice creamy body. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
On cask at Blind Tiger. Pours with a thick black body and tan head that slowly fades. Aromas are bready, malty, chocolate, caramel, roast. Hop aromas are spicy and citrusy. Clean yeast wise. Flavors show a nice balance. Ashy, bitter, roasty bitterness with some hop bitterness, malty and bready. Very dry on the roast notes. Hop notes are of mild, generic citrusy hops and some pine. Light esters and fruit towards the finish. Creamy cask mouthfeel. Well conditioned with a nice mild carbonation, medium bodied. Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Growler. Pours very dark garnet red, clear, with a 2-finger frothy/creamy light brown head. Aromas of cocoa and roasted malt, earthy notes (leaves, bark), some vanilla, coffee, and slightly sweet Tootsie Roll notes. Flavors of bitter roasty malt, sweet caramel, and mocha. Medium carbonation and body, with a dry finish. Easy-drinking; good.  beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours cola color with a moderate tan head that lasted through three-quarters of the glass and left medium lace. Pleasant aroma of grassy hops, light pine, and some mild malt. The flavor is lightly roasted malt followed by a mild-moderate bite of hops bitterness that lingers briefly after the swallow. Medium bodied. A bit spritzy on the palate. No problems, but a little underwhelming. robertjm (903) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
(trade from NYBeer) 22oz. bottle. Pours a nice frothy off-white head. Lots of carbonation. While this may look like a stout, the aroma leaves know doubt that it’s an IPA! Definitely hop character in the flavor, but it’s not of fresh hops, which is something I’m used to seeing with the Left Coast IPAs. Probably has something to do with the black roasted malts added to change the color to black. Light body. Lots of bitterness lingering on the palate in the aftertaste.
Maverick34 (3393) - New York, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Draught from waterfront. Poured dark, some chocoalte notes, the hops are minimized. A decent black IPA but not the best. tgncc (3144) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Rerate on 2/12/2010. The aroma was musty, sweatsock, earthy hops. Some roastyness as well, some caramel. The appearance was a slightly translucent black, with a red hue. The flavor is earthy hops, caramel, brown sugar. At the end, some resiny, piney hop bitterness. Medium in body. Not bad, hardly great in this exciting new beer category. Drinkable. blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
bottle, thanks to mora2000, nutty brown amber with hoppy roasty aromas, flavors of roasted nuts, coffee and caramel AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2010
courtesy of mora2000. Clear ruby red color/ tan head. Grassy, pine, mild chocolate aromas. smooth mouthfeel. Nice caramel, floral hop flavors with mild chocolate, medium roast malts. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2010
bottle brought to Joe’s goodbye tasting - dry caramel malts, piney hop and floral notes. Dark chocolate, licorice. dark and dry with an astringent finish.