BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at the brewpub. Nearly pitch black pour with a frothy head. Big roasty malts and sharp pine hop. Delicious! Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2012 Cask version at brewery; double dry hopped with glacier. This aroma is nothing if not weed brownies, but there’s a lot of other shit going on. Vinous character, citrus zest, dark spice, wood, coffee. It’s kind of a lot to take in, but it’s a power punch that feels good. The flavor brings a lot of pithy hops and deep roasted coffee and tobacco tones that doesn’t feel especially awesome, or overwrought, but just always really huge. Palate is fulsome and bright with tropical bittersweetness; finish draws out at length with acidic, ashy coffee notes and a parting embrace of stone fruit skin and resin that doesn’t let go. Complicated stuff. Worth a bit more contemplation, for sure. jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2012
On tap at Happy Gnome. Pours a black color with tan head. Dark, malty, piney aromas. Very tasty black ipa. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2012
750 ml bottle (bottled 9/12/12) via trade with mattyb83 and it’s only 18 days old. Hell Yeah! Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is pungent resin and pine hops. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate with some pine and a touch of citrus. The roast and bitterness really lingers. Finish is also a bit dry. A pretty nice balance at this point in this beers life. Medium body. Well done! No MN bias here. Thanks Matt. GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours a deep black with some lacing. Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and some pine hops. Palate is smooth with a lighter body than expected. Taste is bitter, sweet, and roasted, all well balanced together at first with a very long bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable.
Johnsense (1669) - - NOV 29, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2016 Very dark brown pour, a thumbs worth of tan head. Aroma of spruce, pine, dark cocoa, coffee. Bitter up front, pine, spruce, slight citrus fruit, some coffee bitterness, cocoa, roasty. Medium body. Everything works well together here - Sessionable, with tremendous balance. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Can via khoffman43. Pours deep amber capped by a tan head. Nose of pine, chocolate, and roast. Taste begins with pine and roast that mellows to chocolate. Bitterness is ample and strong. Body is solid, alcohol warms at times. marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 4, 2013
Can shared by bhensonb. Pours near black with a thick tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a smooth toasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate and coffee and a bitter finish. A lot chalkier than a black ipa. This is an interesting and very tasty beer. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
In short: A highly roasted piney-citrusy Black IPA. Above average execution of a typical take on the style. Very good.djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2013
How: Can 12oz, consumed fresh a few weeks after receiving it from oakbluff, thanks a lot Scott.
The look: Black body topped by a large dark-beige head with good retention.
In long: Nose is rather hoppy (mostly piney but also a bit citrusy) with also plenty of roast, enough roast to push forward a roasted coffee beans aroma. Taste has plenty of roast, some overcooked caramel, burnt wood sensation, bittersweet black chocolate, burnt brown sugar, a shot of espresso, assertive fresh piney bitterness with grapefruity edges. I could feel quite a bit of sweetness from this rich maltiness but the high roast level and piney hop character make for an overall dry sensation. Body is fuller than most hoppy beer of this gravity, carbonation is very lively, true Belgian Ale type of mouthfeel. Not a hop-bomb, bitterness intensity is medium, this is actually a well balanced Black IPA. Nothing original here, I’ve had similar beers many times before, it’s just that this one is of superior quality. I like a beer that is well balanced in which malts and hops perfectly balance each other, I even like words that are well balanced in which consonants and vowels perfectly balance each other, my favourite one is “beer”.
Bottle. Poured black with resilient mocha head that clings to the glass. Aroma is rich malt, chocolate, molasses, slight cream. Taste is burnt chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight resin, chocolate and cream sweetness.