rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Pours black with a creamy light brown head that laces a little bit. Aroma of citrusy grapefruit hops and some malty roast. Rich, sticky mouth feel of roasty malts, some cocoa, and piney herbal hops. Finishes pretty bitter. Alcohol is very well hidden. LilBeerDoctor (3958) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Growler from my local Whole Foods. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet citrus, grapefruit, and chocolate. Flavor of chocolate , dark fruits, roasted malt, citrusy hops. Not as hoppy as it’s counterpart, hoppy feet, with more dark fruits and malt. Great beer, can’t believe this one is 11%! It certainly does not come off as boozy nor even sweet although one pint of it does set you back a little. Impressed, as always, by Clown Shoes.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5) travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2011
The look is black, has a tan head and dark. The smell is hoppy, roast, citrus, and pine trees. You can almost chew the hops, a real mix of hops and roast in the taste. Lasting bitterness. obguthr (6429) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pine needle, charred oak, peanut hulls, and freshly cut oak aroma, rustic and woody. Dark mahogany, medium beige head, uniform glass coating. Flavor is as much split wood as anything but charred oak, chocolate, and licorice notes come and go and are more prominent upon warming. There is a consistent yet vague bitterness from start to finish. This bitterness is a little too much, but that’s my sole nit pick. My guess is that it comes more from the black malt than any hopping. Stone Sublimely is still the undisputed champion but I really like this. This is a session beer for imperial stout fans. Greg, keep these fine beers coming. SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 11, 2011
22oz bottle. almost black with a large, fluffy, tan head. citrus hops and cocoa nose. surprisingly the chocolate malt wins the battle here with a nice cocoa flavor that almost mellows the hop bite. occasional coffee notes. pot brownies. a really smooth BIPA for the size of it. i would never guess the abv. one of the few impressive black ipa’s.
Cavie (4725) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color. Very dark indeed. Tan colored head. Aroma is dark chocolate, celery and hops. Flavor is dry hops, roasted malts and a light bitter finish. Not bad despite the veggie smell. SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2011
22 oz bottle.....Solid brew. Pours black with tan head. Notes of strong dark roasted grain with big piny hop profile and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is heavy body with medium-high carbonation. dmac (6315) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2011
22 oz bottle via trade. Poured a good looking pitch black body underneath a huge foamy light beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, grapefruit, dark toast, oranges, dark fruit and citrus rinds. Fuler chewy body with average tight carbonaton and a lingering bitter bite on the end. Flavor is much like the aroma and loaded with burnt malts, darker chocolate, lots of citrus rind, grapefruit and some dark fruit. This is good stuff and no hint of the ridiculous 11% ABV, well at least until you stand up. dwyerpg (6216) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Not a lot in the aroma; looks great though. This is pretty tasty. Definitely roasty, but lots of hops. Actually smoother than the original. Seems more like a 7 or 8% beer. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2011
bottle at Pizza Plant. Strong brew. Dark black pour. Roasty, boozy & piney hop aroma. Hops were very prevelent in the aroma. Strong flavor of the aforementioned aroma, big piney bitterness, boozy, good amount of roasted malts. pretty extreme but it all seemed to work pretty well. Nice