HogTownHarry (7011) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2017
June 28, 2013 - with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs & mabel - bomber shared by gregclow. Overheard - repeatedly - from jercraigs: "meow-meow! meow-meow! MEOW-MEOW!" ... and no, I have no idea either - this was almost four years ago, and we had just split a 20% mead. Clear, very deep ruby pour (woof!) with a smallish tan rocky head. Aroma of alcohol, dry leafy bitterness, roasty, but not porter-ish roast - this might actually be solid "black IPA" - nice and bitter (8-). Taste is a little further over to the roast malt side from the dry bitterness side - creamy and bitter - but not that balanced for me (7-). Thick, creamy mouthfeel, still, medium-long finish - choc malt up front, finishes with an earthy bitterness. Thankfully not particularly sweet. markschiedon (682) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2015
Tasting at brewery.
In the aroma roast malt, chocolate.
The clear black beer has a medium off-white head.
A nice bitter taste, raisins, chocolate,very hoppy.
Medium carbonated. mcberko (18065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2015
On tap at London Pub, pours a deep dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma brings out a decent balance of roasted malt and resinous hops. Flavour is well-balanced, with caramel, toasted malt and light resin. Pretty simple black IPA, but clean and balanced. Solid stuff. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
[5553-20130628] 650mL bottle. Mild toasted chocolate dust aroma. Dark brown body with a quick creamy tan head. Roasty wood and bitter grain malt flavour. Medium-full body. Good, easy to drink. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
(c/o Greg Clow, w/ him, blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "He would binge and purge at the same time." -- memories of Cookie Monster
Pours a clear medium brown. Aroma of toast, light roast, coffee, bit of citrus and grainy. There is a light bitterness to go with the toast and light roasted malts, however no actual hop flavor to go with a light bitterness and just overall out of balance. Might be good for a Molson beer but this is too unbalanced.
Oakes (17831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
Dark brown. The aroma is appetizing with a lot of wood and a lot of chocolate. Rich, creamy, lots of chocolate and nutty character. Plenty if bitterness and light citrusy hop flavour as well. fiulijn (20604) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
Cask at St. Augustine’s, Vancouverbulldogops (2701) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2014
The color is near black, the head is sparse and small. The aroma is light, some roasted malt, wood oven baked bread, infinitesimal fruity touch (apples). Soft mouthfeel, lean; roasted malt flavor, nice and not excessive or ashy, with very light dark chocolate touch; strong bitterness, a bit resiny, but the hopping is subdue compared to others.
Good, lean, easy to drink, yet quite simple version.
Rating #931 - January 2014 - Leftover rating from our IPA tasting event - 3oz sample. Pours a darker coffee brown with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is a violent clash between toasted malt, and citrus, grainy hops. Taste is extremely hoppy, tempered with a pleasant coffee, nut brown sweetness. Very nice, sessionable for an IBA/CDA, kevinsenn (2236) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
Bottle from brewery. Pours clear-ish black, with beige lacing. Aroma of chocolate and light c-hops; nice. Dry taste; I’d describe it as an "extra bitter porter" - there was little actual hop flavour to speak of, beyond the IBUs. Not necessarily a bad thing. Enjoyable, and good to see even the MolsonCoors breweries making "bigger" beers. pintbypint (3670) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2013
650ml brown bottle. Pours the expected deep dark brown. Ok looking head with a rocky top that settles into a thin but long lasting layer. Good lacing. Chocolatey nose, light hop notes too. Taste is roast malt and cocoa, toasty. Light hop notes. Finishes with cocoa and light hops and ok bitterness for the style. Average mouthfeel. Overall an ok brew, good to see GIB explore this style. Would not mind drinking this again, but it falls into average territory for the style.