hotstuff (5144) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Rated on 4-07-2013. This bottled beer has a medium sized smooth tan head that mostly diminished, opaque dark brown body and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and pine hops. The flavor is pine hops, lightly bitter, roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is lively and this beer is medium bodied. This beer is very quaffable, has a hop presence but not overly hoppy tasting and is worth trying. Christian (13605) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle from sfhodense. Near black with a small off white head. Hoppy aroma of citrus and pine, with licorice and caramel. Dry and roasted flavour with lots of hop character and a bitter finish. This is tasty! McNeillR (2313) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2014
Dark brown, nice sift of tan head. Punchy grapefruit and molasses nose, bright squeaky roast. Fairly straight-laced, squeaky roast again, simple clementine juicy push before the bitterness towards the finish. Creamy and clean throughout. Linger is light, caramac sweet. Bottle. fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle at Pedale, Madrid, May 2013kappldav123 (6097) - GERMANY - AUG 14, 2014
Black color. Very nice aroma of roasted malt and hops, with light glue, resins, cardboard, milk. Good body strength; it has a very good roasted malt flavor, not too strong, with dark chocolate, mild coffee, barley coffee, light cream, a hint of oak and tobacco. Nice hop resins to counterbalance the roastiness.
Excellent, not the usual one, indeed it adds something to the concept.
On tap at CBC 2014. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Malty hoppy aroma, a bit earthy. Starts well balanced malty, hoppy-spicy, more and more stouty. Well balanced finish, dominated by strong malty notes. Nice!
Markth (149) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2014
Very nice beer to see. Almost black in the glass. From tap at Biercab.
Taste with caramel, coffee and a complex nose.
VastActiv (6942) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle at Kitty’s, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Licorice, grain, some coffee and roasted malts. rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
22 oz bottle. The Kitty's, Helsinki, Finland.
The aroma is black colour with a tiny head.
Liquorice, sweetness, seaweed and medicine in the aroma.
The flavour is liquorice, bready malt, mild hops and mild bitterness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BrunoSanchez (190) - Fermo, ITALY - JUN 25, 2014
Wow! Incredibilemente buona una black IPA che regala in bocca un buonissimo sapore di liquirizia luppolato. Nera impenetrabile con schiuma marrone. Al naso sentori di luppolo, fumo e carruba. In bocca tutto sapore e benissimamente bilanciata. Birra pericolosa che nasconde benissimo il suo tenore alcolico. Consigliata assolutamente! superspak (5514) - Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pine, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/grassy hops and balanced roasted malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pine, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt sweetness; with a great roasted malt/hop flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and robust roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.