mattkorsgaard (33) - Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2016 Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into tulip glass...
Appearance: Pours out a dark color that I can only describe as black. It has a tight 2 finger khaki, chocolate milk colored head that sticks around for a surprisingly long time. Moderate lacing on this one. A nice looking black IPA.
Smell: Whew this is an interesting smelling beer. I was expecting much more hops on the nose but instead I get tons of dark malts. I’m picking up toasted characteristics with nutty and biscuit, too. Some mild faint coffee in there also. Then and only then do I get some piney hops on the back end. This smell reminds me much more of a roasty stout than an IPA.
Taste: Oh my, a nice initial taste on this with the roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweetness. This is followed up by a great hop profile of pine hops and bitterness that prickles the taste buds and sticks around for a long time after the swallow. The alcohol at 11% is so well hidden behind all this goodness that it is almost non existent.
Mouthfeel: I think the feel on this beer is spot on for the style. It is medium with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel in the mouth.
Overall: This to me is the best of both worlds in that it is combining a stout and an IPA. I love the melding of flavors in the two styles and the end result is very enjoyable. A sipping beer for me but dangerously so because of the alcohol being so well disguised. I like this beer!
Serving type: bottle
Motor oil black pour. Medium thick mouthfeel. Aroma and taste of dark fruit caramel, but with some hops. Like a double ipa meets a thick stout. Overall great beer. I’ve had for a few years but I bet could age longer. oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some caramel malty tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste. alexsdad06 (10589) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
22 oz. bottle at home shared with the wife from notes. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have a nice combination of roasted malt and dark chocolate with the grapefruit citrus and resiny hops. The flavor adds a slight black coffee and nutty note. Everything was bigger and bolder than the original beer and it still worked. Pretty solid offering. ebone1988 (2018) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is sweet, roasty, malty, hoppy. Appearance is black, light tan head. Taste is super roasty, malty, bitter, not too many hops in the flavor. Mouthfeel is on the flat side, pretty thin, disappointing. Overall...did not expect it to be mediocre but here we are. koleminer20 (3798) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2015
22 oz bomber. The pour is a nice dark black with a off white pillowy white head and some spectacular lace. The aroma is incredibly malty. There is a beautiful roast to the point this is almost like a stout. Great tropical fruits like pineapple blast through. There is a touch of resin on the back end. The flavor is really bitter up front. Almost coffee like. Very bitterly roasty. There aren't a lot of other flavors. The hops are pretty non existent. The pine that was in the nose goes away. The mouth feel is really flat. Thin and slick with no carbonation. I'd hoped for so much more. The aftertaste is quick fading and a little bitter. Very disappointing beer
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Stuu666 (14187) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is pineapple, roasted chocolate, taste is similar. kambei70 (1091) - - DEC 26, 2014
Black with a smal light brown head that leaves lacing. Aroma is sweet roast, chocolate, pine, resin, citrus. Taste is medium/heavy sweet, later heavy bitter, full body, oily texture, soft/medum carbonation. Long dry heavy bitter hop finish with pine and a bit of citrus.
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22oz bottle 11/22/14 (Payless Liquors #9-Indy)-40° in Shaker-Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of hops, malt, dark fruit, and chocolate. Taste of hops, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, and malt. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and hides the ABV very well. Great brew. AndySnow (7933) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2014
How: Bottle.PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Where: SMÖF 2014.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Chocolate, fruit, malt, citrus, hops, some alcohol.
Body: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, malt, citrus, hops.
22 oz Bomber. Tasted on 10/14/14. Bottle from Total Wine Lewisville, TX. Poured to a deep black color similar to an imperial stout with a dark tan thick head. The nose had a roasty smell with a mild hop nite to it. The beer drank very well for a high ABV. On the finish it was pretty dry & not much sweetness to it. Overall a nice beer.
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