flatmatt (1604) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a very deep red brown with a light tan head. Floral, herbal, grassy hops in the aroma with a toasty malt background. Roasty pine herbal flavors. Well made and tasty. b3shine (9072) - Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; a translucent dark cola with ample foamy light beige lacing. Smells of dark malt, roast, and bitter hops. Tastes like it smells, but less robust, with an average mouthfeel. Still, a solid Black IPA. Tessic (1191) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2014
This IPA poured a deep, dark amber colour with a frothy, tan head. Scents include roasted malt, grassy hops and caramel. First swig had medium/ high carbonation with flavours of Melloids coughdrops, Burnt toast, coffee and spruce hops. Finsh is burnt with a nice hop bitterness lingering. czar (9328) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
pours unclear light brown reddish with a tall frothy light beige head, good retention and lacing. very spicy and spicy roasted malts - kind of bland very roasted malts, spicy coffee beans, sweetish red berry fruitiness, carbonic acid, very ashy - offensive, booze. moderately low carbonation, medium body - oily and sticky, sweet grassy-spicy-piney-citrusy-ashy finish. sort of blah. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 7, 2014
From a bottle in Grand Haven MI. Pours dark brown to black with a thin off white head. Slight roast balanced by nice hoppiness. Very pleasant beer.
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BrownALEx (459) - Portland, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
Very good beer, only drawback is the appearance, cloudy and muddy. Otherwise, excellent beer. Nice hop and malt taste. Well balanced. jgb9348 (6433) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Rich deep copper and light brown coloured body with a thick, four centimetre tall tan head that leaves quite the ugly lace. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, light cardboard and some grassy and herbal hops - not too bittering though. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence with a good roasty flavour at first, some lighter nutty and earthy notes and a solid but very short-lived hop bite. Aftertaste shows a hint of earth, some caramel and light sweet notes and a good hop taste filled with pine and flowers. Overall, a decent black IPA that shows more IPA and less roasted notes, but the profile is there - it just isn’t amplified enough. I sampled this stubby twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 02-August-2013 for US$2.19 sampled at home in Washington on 19-December-2013. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks to my friend Joelle. Medium tan head atop dark brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some grapefruit, light coffee. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some roast, light bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, light effervescence. marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2013
12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Appearance is dark brown/black color with a huge tan head leaving significant lacing. Aroma is earthy, floral hops and a hint of malts. It smells a lot like a pale ale. Taste is bitter hops and, again, a hint of malt. There is, however, a coffee-like bitterness at the front, but it goes quickly. This isn’t too bad, but I was expecting more malt/roastiness from a black IPA. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottled coded 079 13 542... no idea what that means. Bottled 79th day of 2013? I hope not, this beer would be about six months old. $2.19 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
Appearance: The highlight. Gigantic four finger head makes it hard to pour the whole thing in the glass. Rocky and creamy on top, with a soapy underlayer. Phenomenal thick and sticky lacing. The beer is a ruby black/brown color with some particles floating around. Slight haze. The label (as seen in the picture) is maroon and gold. Hm.. Mt. Pleasant? Central Michigan University?
Smell: Actually really soapy... I wasn’t expecting that at all. Aside from that, I get traces of earthy and herbal hops. Surprisingly, no really noticeable malt aromas to speak of, at least until the beer warms up -- then it comes out a bit.
Taste/feel: I recall ABAs being more pungent than this, with some heavy roast flavors. I get a caramel and sweet malt flavor on the beginning, with a slightly spicy hop finish, with a pretty mild bitterness. A name like "Crazy Train" gives the impression, at least to me, of a really bold beer. This is definitely a tasty beer, but I have to wonder what the age is on this. Not what I was expecting, but easy to drink, and pretty enjoyable. The beer has more depth of flavor as it warms up (imagine that!), which helps the rating a little bit for me.