MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2010
Bouteille de 22 oz, merci Martin ! Arômes de houblon américain résineux et de cacao. Robe brune et trouble, légère dentelle et effervescence assez faible. En bouche, on retrouve une bonne dose de houblon résineux rappelant les écorces d’agrumes (pamplemousse). Le malt apporte principalement des notes de cacao. Finale plutôt sèche et très amère. Une bonne bière, mais qui manque peut-être un peu de raffinement. Fred82 (2332) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2010
Bomber shared my marcdesthya.VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Appearance : Pitch black with a big creamy brown head. Nice lacing.
Aroma : Great fresh leafy and citrusy hops. Nice passion fruits.
Taste : Great hops, leafy, fresh and citrusy again. Light roasted malt. Finish is a bit roasty with light notes of coffee.
Overall : Great hop profile. Really enjoyable an tasty. Among the good examples of the style but not a top example. Still very clean and well made like everything from Sean Lawson !
Draft at the Three Penny Taproom - Pours a dark brown in color with a small tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is big with piney hops and roasted malts. Flavor is a heady mix of pine resin hoppiness and roasted malts. Nice creamy palate, but not sticky. Finish is wonderfully bitter and long... Another awesome one from Mr. Lawson. Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle. rare batch79 bottle 50. Pours black with a tan head that left spotty lacing. Roasty earthy hoppy aroma. Flavor was roasted barley with citrus zest, grassy hops, pine and had a touch of caramel with a smooth & creamy finish. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2010
The pour reveals a pitch black color with a thin beige head. The hops provide a fir tree aroma, there’s also a presence of roasted malt, the aroma is quite appealing. The flavor is superb, a ton of coniferous hops and roasted malt with bitterness in the end. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. This is an awesome black IPA!
DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Black pour with a big tan head. Aroma up front is citrus and a ton of roasted malt. Flavor puts some nice resinous hop notes in as well as some chocolate, coffee, and more roast. Luckily this one doesn’t get astringent at all, and has just enough of an alcohol bite to it. Body was full, rich. Nice bitter finish on this one. Yum! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
In short: Mollasses and resinous hops about in this kick-ass Black IPA.TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2009
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed very fresh a few weeks after the beer was bottled. Tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Black body topped by a long-lasting small beige head
In long: Nose is roasted, citrusy and pine-tree. Body is big and slightly viscous with a a lot of molasses and caramel. The beer has a whole lot of hop of hops and then some more. The hopping character comes through a mainly resinous with citrusy and coniferous notes. Roasted level is high, even relative to the Dark IPA style. Very bold and tasty. This new one-man pico-brewery keeps delivering one kick-ass beer after another. That dude has a brighter future than a hard-working bailiff in the crumbling Detroit city.
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Glouglouburp. Arôme: Odeur d’houblons résineux. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’une mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons résineux avec une pointe de fumée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût houblonné. (Rating #2632) MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Multifarious coniferous hops grow through roasting coffee beans and molasses, leading to a potent grassy bitterness in this intense but somehow balanced and cuddly Black IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A persistent veil of foam surfs the darkness.
-This is quite redolent of their Chinooker’d IPA intensity-wise, and is in a similar flavor profile family to that of Smuttynose’s Imperial Stout, or The Alchemist’s El Jefe.
-The body is huggable and the carbonation soft and natural.
-The hop finish is also peppery.
Bottles and on tap a few times at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT.