StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2011 Taster at Bev4less. Black pour with a medium tan head that had good retention. The aroma is sharp with chocolates and some burnt toast. The flavor is more of the same, lost of roasted malts, biter walnuts, spicy breads and burnt toast. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and biter. Overall: Very tasty. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
22oz bottle -
While walking the aisles at my local BevMo, I keep seeing the same selection. But out of the corner of my eye, I see a stack of new Karl Strauss beers and quite the nice price at less than $5 a bomber. And like any good beer geek, I had to get one.
So on a Sunday afternoon after my Raiders gave a beatdown to the Jets of New York, I popped the cap to this one and was quite suprised at what lay in store for me. The beer poured out an inky, jet black body with a eruptive 3-finger dirty white head. Aroma had a thumping chocolate/hoppy 1-2 punch with some support from char, smoke and a light meat marinade. Flavor started out with an up-front and center roasty malt note like a porter or a stout, but then the tarty-rye character shows up and it starts to stand up to the roasty notes. Pepper-like notes show up around mid-palate and combine the roasty-ness of the malts, the bitterness of the hops, the tartness of the rye and the spicey/peppery-ness of maybe the yeast and this is one damn good beer. Creamy mouthfeel, fantastic lacing left behind. Kudos for making a great, great beer. kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2012
(tap at San Diego location) deep black with tan head. Roast malt aroma with some citrus. Taste was coffee, roast malt with a lot of citrus hops in the finish. skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Pours a dark black with a tan head with spotty lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, pine resin, some coffee, and some rye spicyness. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, pine, citrus hops, bittersweet chocolate, and peppery rye notes. has a medium full body with a creamy, somewhat oily moutfheel, and dry bitter, somewhat sour finnish from the rye. overall, a very nice beer that shows off the continuing improvement of Karl Strauss. LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
On tap at Beach to Brewery 2011
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Appearance: Pours a rootbeer brown with a thin film of head.
Aroma: Orange like hop. No roast to be found in the nose.
Taste: Grapefruit, tangerine, bitterness with minute roast.
Mouthfeel: Juicy, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is what I look for in a Black IPA. Big citrus, little roast. Well done.
Sampled in a bomber. Pours deep brown with a thin head on it. The Rye is subtle but smooth and compliments the hops. Malts are smooth as well. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Sample pour from a bomber. Assertive rye and hops, deep black color. All around solid choice. ghawener (1614) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - JUL 12, 2012
Draft: It’s good but undefined, I’d rather drink a brown ale or an IPA, but not both. Time to work on a differente style, IPA & DIPA are being destroyed. Food Pairing: Fish and Chips + Cheese platter. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Great mouthfeel and bitter rye flavor, and love the spice, but it needs a lil more hoppy finish. Opens up after resting -- nice chocolate coffee notes.
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Tap @ Carlsbad brewpub. Black pour with a quickly thinning tan head. Aroma is rye and roast with chocolate perhaps light coffee and minimal hop bitterness. Taste is heavy on the roast with chocolate and rye with background bitterness. Nice roasty beer but more of a hops presence would be nice.