sudomorph (1200) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2013 650ml bottle. Pours a very, very dark brown with a one finger, off-white head. Big fruity hops aroma paired with roasted malts, and a touch of booze and rye.Taste is roasty and bitter with a touch of alcohol at the end.Medium body and carbonation. Light, creamy, and bubbly mouth feel with a dry finish.Overall very nice. A pleasure to drink. Great aroma and mouth feel. Awesome. Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
5/29/2012. 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Citrus, roasted malt, caramel and pine aromas. Hoppy flavors with malt and fruit showing through. Excellent beer. jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2013
I can tell why this one has won so much praise. Love the rye and crisp hop flavors here. So well balanced. merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2013
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Head, Decent Lacing
S: Rye, Dark Mildly Roasted Malts
T: Rye, Mildly Roasted Malts, Mildly Bittering Hops
M: Great Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Semi Bitter, Mildly Drying
Overall, a really good dark rye beer with a bittering hop character. esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Sticky aroma of rye, toffee, chocolate with some citrus and floral notes underneath. Taste is big and boozy with rye, dark roasted malts, coffee and citrus with a moderate bitter finish.
gdubu493 (60) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2015 Draft pint poured @RFD in Washington, DC. First choice from their menu tonight and glad I made that call. Everything a black ale should be; drinkable and leaving you wanting another. Brentv (686) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Poured from a growler fill at Mainbrew. I’m not really an IPA guy, but I had to try this. Pours black with a big creamy tan head. Lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet and citrus. Flavors are sweet but the 60 IBUs bring a strong bitterness that hangs on into the long finish. DougHnut70 (72) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Into a pint glass from a bomber from Costco at G’s bday party. Pours solid black with a small tan head. Very complex aroma with typical IPA (citrus, hops) mixed with roasted nuts, malt, chocolate, and a hint of rye. Tastes like it smells but very smooth and more like a stout than an IPA even though it still has the hops in the finish. Doesn’t have the strong rye taste of a Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye but this beer is great! If you ever think you want a Guinness, or a stout on a winter’s night...reach for this one instead. Livendadream (261) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Btl. Pours opaque, pitch black with a dense, creamy head that lingers forever, leaving huge deposits of lacing on glass. Aromas of toasted malt,dates,prunes,molasses,hint of chocolate with citrus and piney hops. Taste is sweet roasted malt, chocolate , pine and citrus with a nice spicey(rye) twang at the finish leaving my tongue tingling. FULL bodied, smooth, creamy texture within outstanding carbonation and balanced hop bitterness. This beer is very complex, lots of flavors, that exponentially get bigger as the beer warms up. One would never know this was a big beer as the flavors hide the alcohol nicely.Definitely one of the best black IPA’s I have tasted. Thx to Jason’s wife for picking this up. Taosmax (25) - - OCT 26, 2013
Sample at 2013 GABF Black body with a slight mocha colored head. Massive tropical aroma with chocolate and roast. Taste continues with a nice blend of chocolate and roast with the tropical notes. Becomes more bitter toward the back end. Medium body with medium carbonation.