mnurda (1305) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
Bottled sample from Garrison Ale House. Delicious chocolate smell. Brown black in appearance. Little carbonation. Nice hop finish. Great chocolate taste AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Ruby black color with tan foam. Floral, pine sap, ganga bud, grass, fruity chocolate aromas. Smooth medium body. Dark chocolate, pale malt flavors with floral, pine sap, grass--very good brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head and some moderate lacing.
S: Herbal hops and pine up front, a little bit of grapefruit and orange peel, too. Finally, at least a respectable amount of hop character. But, the victory is short lived. The roast really takes over and dominates the rest of the nose.
T: The flavor offers up some of the same attributes. Herbal, piney, and lightly citrusy hops. Grapefruit and orange peel with a ligh malt sweetness and bread note. Still pretty roasty with some malt bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.
O: Nowhere near as awful as some of the other Northwest IPAs I had, but not something I’d care to come back to. Sammy (12967) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
A decent Black IPA. Lots of roast and the smell draws you in. slightly less than average mouthfeel, 60 IBU though bitterness seems less than that perhaps four months has made a difference. Lacey, dark appearance. More roasted malt than anything. Not as good as the smell would lead you to believe.
Liam’s bottle. beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
I really have a high bar for the CDA and this one reaches but doesn’t quite make it. This one falls to far on the malty side for me. Bitterness needs to be amped a bit.
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bomber from MSM. Clear dark amber pour with a brief tan head leaving heavy lace. Resinous, IPA-like nose. Smooth, medium body and fine carbonation. Starts citrus, chocolate, spruce and tangy and finishes darker and more bitter: burnt toast and coffee. A dark-roasted malt bed underlies, but the hop profile is citrus and resin. Very pleasant, the Reel Ales series has another hit! Crit (4099) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2011
Cola color,thick tan head.Piney citrus/brown sugar nose,Neutral fore,effervescent piney mid,medium strength lasting hop end.Good lace
Very nice ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bber bought in Carlsbad; big roasted aroma and a thick dark pour. Great taste a bitter IPA with roasted malt and a thick texture. Very enjoyable beer while grilling steaks on vacation. fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle from Central City Liquor Store, Surrey, BCksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Dark brown, almost black color; medium sized head. There is a very nice fruity aroma (but mild), that surpasses the aroma of roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel and lean body; strong flavor of roasted malts, some coffee; powerful resiny hopping from the middle perception till the long final; drier feeling in the end, because of the raising roasted malts.
22oz bottle from marina market. pours a hazy, dark brown, almost black with a thick, creamy, light beige head with sticky rings of lace on the glass. aroma is great with heavy pine esters, herbal hops, and dank grass backed by by dark malts, cocoa powder, toffe malts, and subtle orange citrus with a touch of dark roast as it warms. flavor is delicious as well with bold, herbal hops, pine esters, and grapefruit citrus topped with cinnamon backed by light roast, cocoa, and a touch of toffee. palate is medium bodied with rich carbonation and a hoppy but slightly roasted finish. overall, a damn nice black ipa.