Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
Pint @ Deschutes / PDX location. Black pint covered by a slight, but sticky off-white cover. That’s one aromatic beast. Pungent sprucey hops, which, to me, is the most desirable hop character in a black IPA instead of straight citrus which inevitably clash into the roastiness through their inherent acidity. Nevertheless, further grapefruit, and moreso floral touches join into this chocolate roasty medley. The almost absent citric acidity ensures a remarkable balance. Needless to say, my sips were not small and were not spaced. Despite its 60+ IBU, this did not feel all that bitter, it’s clearly focusing on aromas and its solid malt base stand strong to remove any tendency towards wateriness. In mouth, more citrus show hop, but again, the seemingly absence of acidity is its salvation and allows for the grainy roastiness to remain pertinent. Less intense, but far more drinkable than Stone’s sublimely self-righteous ale. Excellent engaging, tight carbonation aerates the medium body until the very end, enhancing the already convincing freshness feel. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 5, 2009
brown/black in color. good citrusy bite to it. background has sweet, malty notes to it. neepsntatties (1988) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Had this on draft at Deschutes in Portland’s Pearl Dist. Colour... ebony with a 1/4" latte coloured head. Nose... cascade hops are evident with some malt. Palate... nice hop kick up front and mid palate. Hops are more subtle towards the back palate. Moderate malt on a slightly bitter lingering finish. cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2009
On draft at the brewery 6/26/09. Pours dark brown, light tan head. Touch of coffee and pine on the nose. Hits with a bitterness up front, then mellows to allow some sweetness through, then a lingering bitter finish. JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Growler sample from a traveling friend. Darkest brown/black pour with a huge tan head. Dark malt aroma with some sweet malt and citrusy hops. Roasty malt flavor up front with orange and grapefruit hop character before a roasty finish.
Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Thanks to Homerwantsbeer for sharing a growler. This IPA pours nearly black with dark brown around the edges. Medium foamy beige head that diminishes slowly, and stringy lacing. Floral hops aroma with notes of toasted malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character with more floral notes. Roasted malt and caramel in the background along with a bit of cocoa. The finish is dry, hoppy and roasty with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Enjoyable from start to finish.