AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Ruby black color/ lasting tan head. Nice dry black malt, citrusy, floral hop aromas. medium bodied with soft co2. Good mesh of dry black malt, chocolate flavors with citrusy hops. phaleslu (10455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2010
750 ml bottle from Randall’s. Pours a very dark brown with a big, frothy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, earthy hops, floral notes, pine, grapefruit citrus, toasted brown sugar, and toffee. Flavor of roasted malts, earthy, floral hops, pine resin, caramel, toasted sugar, grapefruit, and pineapple. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, resinous mouthfeel. Good black IPA. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours a black body with some mahogony highlights and a finger-width, creamy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is piney with a hint of roast. Light caramel backing and some resiny citruses. Flavor is similar with more roasts coming through. Pine, citrus, caramel, and roast. Finishes with some resins and a moderate, very piney bitterness. Roast makes up a good part of a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid black IPA. Lots of pines and a nice roast with some enjoyable citrus aspects. Ratman197 (15100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2010
750 ml Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, pine, grapefruit and light cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a lightly dry finish. Flavors of charcoal, earthiness, pine and citrus with a smooth lightly dry lingering moderatly bitter roasty finish. nickd717 (4772) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle at the BevMo fest. Pours darkest brown in color with a one-finger light beige head. The aroma is nice, roasty with a good northwest-style piney hop profile. The flavor is also solid, not really sweet at all (a good thing). Roasty with slight dark chocolate and big piney hop bitterness. Rather fresh-tasting. Dry and resinous on the palate with medium-full body and above average carbonation level. Solid stuff, definitely good for the Black IPA style.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2010
750ml bottle, fresh 2010 vintage. The body is a translucent mahogany color, and it supports a moderate, creamy, grayish-beige head. Spotted, splotchy lacing emerges as the foam slowly settles. Aromas kick off with the signature Cascadian hop profile of sticky, resinous, bitter pine with secondary notes of oily citrus peel. A nice, dry cocoa roast comes across in the robust malt base, bringing along notes of toasted caramel and some cracker. Flavors, largely the same, show more of the biting pine resin, spruce tips, and bitter orange, while bittersweet chocolate roast accompanies relatively dry caramel sweetness. Substantial on the palate, with moderate carbonation, a relatively dry, slightly chalky body ushers in an intensely resinous finish. Very solid offering. Nice and hoppy, but with ample roasted malt character. Good stuff. piscator34 (2574) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 15, 2010
Bottled sample. Near black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of dank C-hops, rich pale malt, spice, and earth. Hops are really strong upfront with elements of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine resin, and spice. The malts follow that up with more of a toasted than roasted flavour. Medium bodied with solid bitterness. I was expecting a bit more char and chocolate, but it’s hard to complain when the beer is so hoppy and tasty. dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottle. Poured a dark black color with a smaller head. Aroma was your typical IPA, hops, grass, and spruce. Medium body, high carbonation. Flavor was dark and creamy, hop aftertaste. A great beer. I love it. beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottled. Pours deep black with a medium tan head. Aromas of citrusy grapefruit rind, pine and coffee. Hops dominate with pine, grapefruit. The flavors are more complex with chocolate, dark cherry and roasted malts. It finishes with lingering hops and burnt malt. I would buy this one again. bb (9657) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Bottle. Blackish beer with a light tan head. Big grapefruit aroma. Malt and grapefruit flavor with light pine, light tropical fruit, and light cocoa. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine linger with light chocolate and malt.