MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
Growler de 750 ml, lors d’une dégustation chez Fred82. Arômes de houblon très fruité (agrumes) et résineux. Robe brune foncée, légèrement trouble et peu de mousse. En bouche, le houblon fruité (pamplemousse, orange) et résineux est à l’avant-plan. On note également une douce contribution chocolatée du malt. Finale bien amère et plutôt sèche. L’alcool demeure très bien dissimulé. Vraiment très bien, mais le caractère houblonné ne pouvait tout de même pas rivaliser avec celui de la Abner dégustée au même moment. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
UPDATED: APR 21, 2012 This is re rated after tasting it fresh from the source at the brewery as opposed to a growler version. Dark black color with a mocha brown head. Aromas of fresh dank hops and pine. Flavors are complex yet fresh and clean as a black ipa should be. Roasted charred malt with a medium body. Alcohol character non existent. The grassy herbal hops shine through as well in perfect balance with the hops. Amped up version of James for sure and really really good. Reynolds314 (3459) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 10, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 Best Black IPA ever brewed. I havent tried that many but I can say with certainty they are not better then this one. Huge hoppy profile and a stand up roasty malt bill with no alcohol heat at all for 9.5%.
"EDIT still the best black IPA ever brewed but it gets even better after some barrel treatment (Jimmy) Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Get Shaun tested for performance enhancing drugs. Another grand slam. Watch out mark McGuire. Hf style intense hopping with a rich mouthfeel and richness. fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2012
750ml swingtop. looks perfectly black in the glass with a small head that holds up for a minute leaving some lacing behind. smells like dank tropical fruit pine spicy hops, light roasty malts touch of chocolate. taste is load of dark malts but not too roasty with an assertive wallop of tropical fruit piney hops and bitter sweet chocolate finish. floral piney lingering bitter aftertaste. full bodied and rich. moderate carbonation. silky smoothness. aggressive balanced hop flavor and bitterness combined with a lightly roasty rich malt.
j12601 (12668) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2012
On tap at Lord Hobo prior to EBF and NOTB. Pours a deep black with brown highlights and a small tanned beige head. Super dank and earthy hops, thin edgy citrus behind it all. Brightness peeking out through the dark. Beautiful. Mushrooomy umami flavors, earthy and roast filled. Not as big and full as I would have expected at the start, which is kind of nice after having two bigger bodied beers (the Daybreak and Nor). It does pick up a bit of body and intensity though, slowly building up and growing into a thick and creamy mouthfeel, redolent with earthiness. pushkinwow (2827) - Ottawa, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Black with a brown head. Some roasted malts, citrus and light pine. Light bitterness, smooth, no hint of alcohol, bitter begins mild and then grows, bit of smoke and grain on the finish as it becomes more dry, nice level of carbonation and moderate body. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 3, 2012
tap at lord hobo. Dry dark roasyed coffee, dark chocolate, with a bright citrusy red grapefruit, pine needle presence. Taste is deepbroasted malts, a light ashy smoke note, and bright bitter citrusy grapefruit and sweet pineapple. Good attenuation. No signsspecific of booze. Nice.