unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Jet black pour, brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt grains, and citrus hops. Flavor is of sweet malt, burnt grains, some coffee roast. Finishes with a sharp hop bitterness, more roast, and alcohol. Big burn, lots of roast. Love those hops. This is a big beer! rajendra82 (1093) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2011
The black body, near 100 percent opacity, and the three finger thick khaki head, with a mesmerizing cascade effect, were impressive enough to make a Russian Imperial Stout jealous. The aroma was a mix of coffee, hops, and some toffee. The smell was very enticing, and the first sip proved to be everything it promised. The taste was dominated by an assertive bitterness combining herbal and citric hops, and burnt toast like malts. I think the burnt toast was slightly more dominant of the two biter flavors. Some chocolate and lactose sweetness were evident mid palette, until they faded back to the hops that outlasted the acridity in the aftertaste, and the sip ended in a long warmth in the depth of my belly. As the beer warmed up, the bitterness became less intimidating, and the lactose sweetness became more prominent, resulting in a significantly more balanced affair. Oily and creamy in the mouth, but this was not meant to be a stout, so no marks taken off there. A big bruiser of a beer, providing quite a unique interplay of flavors. Keep these specials coming JailHouse, and I’ll be a lifer. Cybercat (5833) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2011
Pours an oily black with a fine-bubbled beige head. It is so opaque that not one photon gets through. Strong aroma is smoky, hoppy and malty with earthy and nutty hints. Flavor is strongly hoppy and woody, minimally bitter, and has touches of licorice, resin and caramel. Texture is quite fizzy and edgy with a fairly strong but not vicious alcohol nip. Big flavor? You betcha! DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle thanks to mixmasterob. Dark black pour, creamy black head and a rich chocolately/peppery nose. Flavor is also rich creamy chocolate biscuits, spicy hops a little smoke and finished with no hint of the 10% abv. I need more of this, and soon. Go out of your way to get your hands on this one! mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Black pour with a 1.5 finger light brown head. Very pretty pour. Aroma was a well balanced mix of roasted malts and citrusy-piney hops. Good bit of milk chocolate in there too. Very pleasing, light but impressive. Flavors consisted of lots of roast, then a light almost lactose like sweetness. This was followed by a light fruity hop character and a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel was full and velvety, carbonated to perfection leaving a smooth and full mouth. Could pass for a hoppy imperial stout no problem. This kinda made me wonder if this is what SW was going for with Happy Ending...
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Midnight Special pours a almost pitch black. The head on this beer is beautiful. Smooth as silk and big. Sticks around forever. It looks like an awesome stout. Taste and smell consist of roasted malt, smokiness, earthiness, lactose sweetness, and of course the hops. Floral and citrus. Just really wonderful and maybe the best Black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale, American Black Ale or whatever you want to call it that I’ve ever had. But maybe the most wonderful thing about this beer is the mouthfeel. One of the smoothest beers I’ve ever had in my life. SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 27, 2011
22oz bottle. a nice opaque black beer with a medium sized, creamy brown head. big floral hop aroma with large amount of milk chocolate and graham cracker. flavor is very bitter with hops, but also incredibly packed with roasted malt. the palate is full, robust and thick. very, very big beer. the hops are almost too much for me, but this beer will impress a lot of people. big stuff happening in Hampton! ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Appearance: Pours out an ebony-hued body with a towering, light tan body. Modest lacing.
Smell: Well-roasted malts, but also some toasty accents, too. Sweet-scented elements of chocolate and caramel candy are plentiful. A little candied citrus makes its way to the imbiber’s nose, but it is not a very hoppy scent. Also, a smidgen of alcohol is in there.
Taste: Starts with char, then flashes to moderately roasty coffee, then settles to semi-sweet chocolate and dark caramel. Citrusy, lightly pine-flavored hops, though predominately citrus-based. Moderately bitter. Pinch of sweet licorice candy, some cauterized toast, and a drop of prune juice. Goes through being roasty, resinous, bitter and with a bite of a chocolate bar and a bite of soul-soothing alcohol until the dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: I liked it fairly well. The malts were prevalent without leaning on too much guh-inducing astringent black malts, the hops were bold without ever being harsh or ghastly, and the booze, while, yes, it is noticeable, isn’t overbearing. However, those pesky hopheads might always yearn for more and more hard, unyielding hop bitterness. Sledutah (7524) - Utah, USA - DEC 27, 2011
22oz bottle from Doodler, thanks beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a big frothy tan head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, rich dried cocoa and pine
Taste: Roasted malts, dried chocolate powder, grainy and pine resin
This was a great IPA, loved it.
Bottle. Pour a deep black with a thick tan beige head. Scent is hoppy. Taste is earthy bitter with a nutty hint. 10% very well hidden....be careful :)).