ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew. Pours a pitch black body with a big off-white foamy head. Nose is mild fruity grassy hop tones, hints of licorice and herbal mints. Taste is medicinal strong grassy hops up front, to the point of unpleasantness. The aftertaste saves the beer somewhat, with nice tones of licorice and leather. Medium to full body, medium to fizzy carbonation. Weird, and not to my liking. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Hazy blackish pour, with a light tan head. Very bitter, bitter herbal hops, light roast, specialty malt, bitter unripe coffee beans, and lightly earthy. The bitterness hangs on the palate for minutes. It’s kinda of one noted and disjointed, but I still somewhat enjoyed it. Braudog (6719) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark and brooding, the giant foam head straining at the glass, like an escaping riot of prisoners. The aroma, and the following first sip, are ripe with dirty, roasty, woodiness. The bitterness asserts itself with and assault on the middle of the tongue, astringent and grassy. There’s a bit of an ashy aspect lurking in the background. Interesting cacophony of things here. (#4956, 3/12/2013) gunnfryd (14899) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma is hop, pine, roasted malt, citrus. Flavour is roasted malt, hop, pine, coffee, citrus. Nice beer. dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle @ home. Aroma is fruity and floral hops, slight sweaty touch. Flavour is medium hop bitterness with loads of flavour, fruity, floral, nelson madness. Some malty notes but it’s the hops that shine here. Great stuff.
obguthr (6369) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Licorice, pine needle, soil, and grapefuit nose. Black, thick tan sticky head. Charred oak, licorice and pine needle flavor. Charred malt bitterness and pine needle lingers too long on the palate. Somewhat resinous, but full of both malt and hop flavor. biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
500mL split with GT2. Looking forward to this one. Disappointed immensely, doesn’t even taste like a beer or coherent beverage. Just harsh, papery bitterness over the top mixed with stale, specialty grain driven brown IPA. Undrinkable and not worth the calories. So much acrid flavor. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
500mL Black IPA edition. I guess you can’t know for sure what bottle you have a priori. Pours a deep black with a massive coffee head. Huge lacing. Nose at first is heavy detergent/volatiles, plastic, olive brine. Doesn’t clear up for quite awhile- 10+ minutes. Taste is extremely papery, astringent, soapy, more plastic. Holy monkey this is not good. Palate destroying paper, oversteeped grain tannins, ultra astringent. Too bad...$13 drain pour. Fiance rating: 2.0 mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Black pour with a big frothy dark brown head. Left tons of lace. Aroma was big time roasted malt and sticky piney hops. Slight hints of vanilla sweetness and spent coffee grounds. Flavors were big time bitter coffee with notes of citrus and dark malt. Bitter finish. Carbonation light, medium body. Not bad but I’ve had others in the style I prefer. I bought this thinking it was a normal IPA. Wrong chamber. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2013
A - Dark black with a finger of khaki-tan head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, citrus, pine, and earthy hops, bit of black licorice and vanilla.
T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and earthy hops, some bitterness, some black licorice, molasses, and a touch of vanilla.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and roasted finish.
D - Nice black IPA. Good overall hop and malt profile.