Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
12oz bottle from Ken. Rating #100. Dark black pour with a tan head. Nice aroma, sweet and roasty with just a bit of hops. Big bitter roast, a light burnt quality to it and datk chocolate. Aroma was much better than the flavor, but it was real nice overall. (2113) keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Pours, get ready, black with a tan head. Malty aroma with some coffee and chocolate. Flavor has the chocolate and coffee with smoky burnt wood. Bitter finish. phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2012
12 oz. bottle from my Secret Santa- thanks, Santa! Pours a deep, dark coffee brown, near black, with a finger of tan head that stays for a long time. Aroma of cocoa, burnt leaves, earth, toasted sugar, and some citrus peel. Flavor of super bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, earth, and significant hop bitterness. Medium-bodied, with a bitter, roasty mouthfeel and medium soft carbonation. I’d probably like it a bit more if it had some other characteristics that came through besides an overall bitterness. But it’s not bad. bernatbeer (420) - barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 4, 2012
En botella.Negra con espuma marron cafetera.Aromas a chocolate con naranja.cuerpo medio ,bien balanceada sin ser demasiado lupulada.correcta. Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours a very dark brown with an active head of tan foam. Lots of roasted malt, some chocolate, and dirt. A bit thick on the tongue at first, but an abundance of carbonation lightens things up. Lots of roasted bitterness with a bit of pine, burnt, resin, and earth notes. The burnt and bitter notes seem to rule the roost here. Aggressive, but tasty.
SudsMcDuff (8491) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2012
bottled Feb 2011 .. drank Jan 2nd 2012 .. . Bought at D&Q .. . Pours a deep black brown .. good foam .. light sturdy lacing .. . still pissed about that garbage twisted pine abortion .. . light roast, tarred up pinecone, black ink, and carbon .. . carry on .. . great slick mouthfeel .. . if its in a book, its gotta be true! .. . awesome stuff, thank you.. . . If any man says he hates war more than I do, he better have a knife, that’s all I have to say... nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2012
The aroma is very hoppy and toasted with grassy and pine hops. There is both citrus and coffee here. The appearance is dark brown with a thin head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall an interesting beer but to astringent. Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Pours an opaque black with a dense and frothy shaving foam style beige head. Cocoa dominates the nose. Medium body, plenty of bitter chocolate, subdued roast, while the hops don’t appear all that distainct - other than bitter. Appears mostly like a bitter Porter. 311211 jackl (8417) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Black in color with a medium tan head. The nose is grassy, a bit of pepper some roasted malts. The taste is of roasted flavors, some coffee. Hoppy dry finish. The palate is light/medium, the finish a bit watery. The carbonation active. Overall, an inoffensive black IPA. Nicely made, though boring. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma has lots of oranges up front with some florals and a moderate pine with some resins. Fairly sweet caramel behind the oranges with some grapefruits, a touch of roast, and a good amount of chocolate. Flavor is heavier pines with some resins and earth up front, but a good amount of malts to balance. Chocolate, caramel, and some bread keep this fairly smooth up front before the orange/grapefruit citrus pines and slightly burnt roast cuts the chocolate sweetness. Finishes pretty dry and bitter with some resiny pines and earth, roasts, citrus, and some chocolate. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, not a bad Black IPA. Lots of piney oranges and grapefruits with some resins and a nice earth balanced well with a solid chocolate malt and dry roast. Easy drinking and tasty.