Braudog (6837) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Big, muddy red-tinged pour, the head thin but standing tan head. The beer delivers a warming blend of wintery flavors ... a bit spicy, a bit of molasses, a bit of woody hops. Interesting that this is a spring seasonal, it’s fitting my cold day of football quite nicely. (#5406, 1/5/2013) Steverus0 (332) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Pours a lovely black with toffee head.
Noticeable caramel malts with slight chocolate, but lots of hops coming forward.
Rich mouthfeel with slight malted sweetness paired with strong hoppy bitters.
A really solid and pleasant brew with plenty of interesting quirks that could keep me coming back.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BVery (11364) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Tap at Culmination. Very dark opaque pour with a clingy beige head. Creamy. Mild roast. Mild citrus. Quite good! Travlr (26130) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle. I can smell the pine as soon as I open it. Pretty much black color, tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of pine and burnt dark chocolate. Taste is bittersweet dark milk chocolate. Tasty. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle: Deep deep cola, nearly black, moderate to thin frothy head, tannish, fairly nice lacing. Hoppy nose, not much in the way of roasted malts. Very subtle roastiness, if at all. A bit more noticeable on the tongue, the roasted malts that is. Otherwise this one is mainly just an IPA. If I drank this blind, I probably wouldn’t think of this as a Black IPA as it doesn’t have a very strong roasted malt character, no campfire or charred wood, nor ash. Well, I will say as it warms it develops those charred wood and ashy characters a bit more, but its still very IPA dominant. Fairly smooth, body and mouthfeel are moderate. Drinks real easy, seems very clean. One thing I like about this is the lack of cow pasture. Thats the one feature from most of these Black IPAs that I cannot stand. This one finishes like a slightly toasty IPA. Simple, straight forward, and very enjoyable. Wouldn’t believe it to be a Cascadian Dark Ale unless I saw it. I liked this one more than I thought I would.
troopie (2439) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with dense beige head. Fruity aroma with some evergreen. Full bodied lots of hop character. A toast note in the finish mcberko (18981) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours dark brown / black with a reddish hue and small tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, espresso and potent hops. Flavour begins with caramel malt, roasted flavours and dark fruits, finishing with citrus hops and tropical fruits. Very solid. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours black with a small caramel head. Aroma of apricots, molasses, dark fruits, cherries. Flavour of dark fruits, booze and smoke. Not as complex as I had expected, but still nice. fiulijn (21274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle from Central City Liquor Store, Surrey, BCTheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 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.
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!