generallee08 (778) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label doesn’t list the abv.
Appearance: The body has a dark reddish brown color with good clarity. The head is tall thick and hangs on well. It makes lots of cool lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma is interesting. It has deep layers of earthy and toasted barley maltiness.
Taste / Palate: This one brings loads of deep earthy notes, leather and spicy tobacco notes. The finish has dark toasted bready notes with a firm bitterness slowly fading from the tongue. The feel is solid and nicely carbonated. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Thanks Bill / Wassailwilly.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark brown color close to black with a slim finger’s worth of white foaminess that dissipated decently. Lacing was there in a messy sort of way.
The smell had some dark fruits, cooked, actually, came across overly cooked. Slight rye wants to make a light presence, still just seems to sharpen and almost take away from the fruit part.
The taste was extremely dry and had some light sweetness from the dark fruits. There’s no aftertaste nor finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with not much sessionability about it. It’s extremely dry over my tongue and not really allowing me to really get into this beer.
Overall, not exactly sure what’s going on here. But there’s very little to the aroma for its style and for the taste. What wants to be there - doesn’t show enough. Nice to try but probably wouldn’t have it again. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 1, 2015
(bottle - 22 oz) Copper pour with a fluffy tan head. Fruity and spicy aroma with light hints of hops and a lot of malt. Flavor is big and malty with a lightly spiced note from the yeast. Fruity and sweet on the finish. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear light brown body under a one inch fizzy light brown head that left a bit of lacing. The nose is lightly hoppy with some prominent yeastiness. Lighter notes of roasted malt, and a little fruitiness. The flavor is more Belgian Ale than it is Black IPA, delicate and fruity with a lot of yeast derived spiciness on the finish. Minimal to no influence from the roasted malt, this is all about the yeast and floral hops. Light bodied and very fizzy with a lingering bitterness. Decent beer, not one that I’d drink with regularity, but this bottle was nice. jb (3407) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Great licorice, chocolate, and spice nose. Dark, orange tinge, mild haze. Nice cling to the glass with the tan head. Full malty and spicy palate, perfectly complemented by the hops. I really really like this.
jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of old grapefruit peel, orange peel, toasted chocolate malt, dirty earth and spicy yeast. Medium body. Slipstream (2702) - USA - JUL 4, 2014
Hmm - a "Belgian-Style dark IPA". Impressive dark pour and a cool-looking label. It doesn’t seem much like an IPA to me, or that Belgian either. Dark and roasty, with some acidity. The flavor is malty sweet to start, and then it shifts to harder and sharper. The aroma starts out dull, but sweetens some as it warms. A good full-flavored brew. beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear deep red that allows light to pass through with a moderate linen white head that lasted through the first two sips ad left light lace. Pleasant aroma of spicy Belgian yeast along with a few notes of malt. The flavor is malt and spicy Belgian yeast. Dries out on the palate, especially after the swallow, where the dryness lingers for ten to fifteen seconds before fading. Medium bodied. pinkie (470) - New York, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Pours deep brown with a ruby hue. Plenty of soft beige foam that fell to a thin ring and clinging lace. Nose is lazy and terrific with soft dark fruits, plums & dates. Yeast, a hint of pine and way in back some spice notes of coriander and nutmeg. Malt is dark and deep. Carmel and cookie with buttery bread. Hops and malt great the palate together with a smooth sip of mellow roasted malt, a light touch of hops bitter and some pepper. A little too much pepper and carbonation on the back palate . It tries for creamy but it’s too thin. It is smooth but the the alcohol is a tad sharp in the aftertaste and the hop bitter doesn’t get to the palate until it’s a surprise. The malt is very well done as it leans toward toasted bitter but stays sweet and round even into the finish. It mellows as it drinks and I found it to be a quiet little Belgian dark ale that was worth a taste. Badassbeers (5) - - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
pours an off golden/red/brown with good head and nice lacing. Nose is earthy and citrusy with maybe a pine note to it. taste is almost Belgian with a slit wheat flavor and nice mouth bite bitterness. Very good at 6.9% from growler on 2/19/13.