GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Another Flossmoor hookup from Adam, thanks again.
Pours dark, dark brown in the glass with only the faintest hints of light coming through the edges with a big thick off-white head that recedes fairly slowly and leaves good lacing.
The aroma is dominated by hops, some citrus in the form of oranges and pineapple, and a little bit of floral pine and grass as well. There are some sweet dark malts underneath.
The taste is more floral than the aroma with an initial pine resin bitterness that gives way to the highly toasted black malts in the background with some bakers chocolate coming out as well. The finish brings back the hop and espresso-like bitterness which lingers for a while after each sip.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied but almost seems a little thin with good carbonation and dry and bitter in the finish.
This is a solid brew that is a little lacking in body for my liking but is pretty drinkable and offers lots of different flavors all together. Interesting and tasty. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brune body with an off white head. Roast y floral hoppiness with a light grass and coffee esk tones. Dry roast y body with a strong presence of hop oils and bitter pine resins. Nice. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small off-white head. Citrusy nose with chocolate and light roast. Fairly bright. The flavor is citrusy and bitter with more coffee than roast. Lingering dry earthy finish. Medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. OK, but there’s a slightly weird dry and earthy finish that dominates a little too much and I don’t care for it a whole lot. Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Pour is translucent dark brown with a very small off-white head. Aroma is filled resin filled with notes of pine needles, burnt marshmallows, and flowers. Flavor and texture is extremely bitter with some roasted marshmallow and caramel undertones. Pine needles/floral finish. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
In short: A big hoppy nutty dark ale. Fun beer
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2009
How: Bottle 22oz, black wax top, 2011 bottling. Consumed uber-fresh a few weeks after the bottling. Bottle sent to me by Sherm1016, thanks a lot Todd
The look: Uber-dark brown body topped by a large beige head with good retention and leaving good lacings.
In long: Nose is toasted nuts and dark cake along with a bunch of hops-related aromas (green herbs, pine-tree, etc.). Taste obviously has a lot of dark roasted malts. Some black chocolate, nuts,. light notes of roasted coffee beans, brownies, more nuts, caramel. Carbonation is a bit smooth. Hopping is far from over-the-top with moderate herbal and pine-tree bitterness. This is not the Black IPA I’m used to from the USA, the land of black IPAs. This is more like a big fat creamy nutty imperial brown ale with a generous amount of hops. * Overall the Black Magic was good. I’m into black magic myself, I can read minds and know what people are doing, hmmm…. you’re reading my right now.
Sample courtesy of nbuttler. An ipa with a black body new to me. Had a good IPA aroma and some grapefruit in the flavor. Thanks Nick dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
dark brown color, fluffy off white head, some lace. nose is citric hops, but also roasty maliness. flavor was also hoppy, with some earthy and sweety malt and a hint of roastiness. medium bodied, bitter finish. the hint of sweetness was almost fruity and slightly off-putting to me. but still well worth the guzzle. sampled on tap at brewpub (my notes say on tuesday nov 3, 2009...i am a bit behind on my ratings evidently).. msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Pour is a dark brown color with a small head. Nose is pine and floral hops with a slight malt presence. Rather refreshing for the style with a piney aftertaste. BVery (10501) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Tap at Flossmoor. Black pour with red edges when held up to light. Mild sweet grapefruit nose, burnt coffee on taste. Decent IPA, and interesting. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Dark dark brown small off white head. Aroma has light hops and some faint roast. Flavor is more hoppy than anything else. Drinkable but bitterness lingers a bit.