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. koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2013
12 oz pour from bottle. Pour is a medium brownish red minimal white head, not a lot of lacing. The aroma is rather floral and sweet, not the hoppiness that I'd like to smell in a black IPA. The taste is very subtle, nothing that stands out. The floral notes and malt is somewhat present, but one of the good things is that is it does finish a bit dry like I'd expect. Other than that, not a whole lot going on.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Taster on tap at HopCat in East Lansing. Clear brown - red color. Good thin off-white head. Leaves good lace. Spicy, light roasty aroma. Piney, lightly earthy hop. Bigger body. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Bigger bitter taste, minimal sweet. Solid black IPA. carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Pours a brilliant dark-mahogany brown with a 2 inch creamy head that persists. Fresh, sour(?) notes in the nose. Chocolate, char, and bitterness on the palate. Medium body. Light lingering with some sour(!)-smoky notes. Quite nice. Well-developed Belgian lace. The bitterness of the hops is somewhat overshadowed by the char notes. More like a Schwartz Bier - Rauch Bier hybrid than a IPA. Most persistent bitterness. Could do well with BBQ, charred, or smoked foods. bpar73 (1199) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Sample at Suds on the Shore festival. Dark brown pour with cocoa, roasted coffee and a nice hoppy overlay. Well done.
rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2013
bottle. near black with small head. below average attempt at a black ipa. muddled flavor. tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle @ RG 20. Brown with thin fizzy head. Smells like ink, chlorinated water, and chocolate. Bitter, roasty. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Richmond 20th. Courtesy of maniac. Medium brown. Aroma citrus, slight chocolate, and a bit of rubber phenolic. Flavor is some bread, lots of bitterness on the finish. Not really good at all. Too bad. HopTsing (575) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
From the bottle poured a brownish brew with a light tan head. Aromas and flavors of malt and hops with notes of musty cardboard.
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2013
12 ounce bottle shared by maniac at the 20th Richmond Gathering. Pours a dark red color with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel malts and citrus hops. The taste is bitter hops, citrus, stone fruits and caramel. Medium bodied, but very mild for a Black IPA.