TChrome (1468) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2012
This is my sixth bottle of this beer and I have love every one. Beer pours dark brown color with a retained tan colored head. Aroma is very pleasent with chocolate and fresh pine also some toast. Taste is a beautiful amalgem of sweet and bitter, somewhat like dark chocolate. Another awesome New Glarus brew. Amazing!!! rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Pours from the bottle a sable red/black with a medium cream head clinging all over the glass - wonderful appearance. Has a bright spruce aroma. Taste is spruce, coffee and a mild background flavor of whiskey. The aftertaste is very dry and lingering. This is one of my favorite easy-to-drink, local beers of the moment. naivepegasus (384) - USA - AUG 16, 2012
Pours a black with a shade of red and about a finger of off- dark fruit and hops in the nose. The taste has a lot of depth- the hops are there but thereís also some raisin and dark malts. Good stuff, though. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2012
aroma is well balanced dead chocolate and near metallic crack, then herbal grass cuttings and other savory fare. pour is opaque with airy soap suds head, lack of density and messy legs. flavor is initial fudgey roast with expected hop twinge to follow. hops begin as citrus then fruits begin to burst, hints of pine and rounder herbal note with mint at forefront. bitter roast closes. what a balance!
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
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Jacksuhn (11) - - AUG 11, 2012
Date: July 01, 2012
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: dark with clear ruby edges, wispy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet citrus aroma, caramel sweetness, touch of chocolate
Flavor: rich caramel and chocolate flavor, plenty of citrus hops
Overall: more of a hoppy brown but really great
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
Aroma is far and away the best aspect of this beer. Sweet, citrus, and resin are the dominant hop aromas. Itís a thin dark brew, with a short lasting white head. Itís got some decent dark caramel and plumb flavors in there, but a very light body. Thatís where this beer is lacking most. Itís just too thin and fizzy for me.
Overall I wonít be drinking much of this. Itís a decent IPA but just lacks the dark malt characteristics Iím looking for, and I canít overlook the lack of body. drowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
8/10/12. 12oz bottle from cbfobes! Dark brown pour with a nice khaki head that lasts. Big citrus, dank, and fruity aroma with hints of chocolate. Nice citrus and hoppy flavor as well with lingering milk chocolate and a hint of roast. Delish. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Poured into a pint glass.
4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left.
4.0 S: Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Dry roastiness almost like a schwarzbier with a balancing caramel sweetness. Molasses and brown sugar to round things out.
4.0 T: Easily one of the better black IPAs out there. I think the fact that it isnít super citrusy is why this is so. Moderate roastiness. Caramel and molasses. Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Quite good.
4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and reasonably creamy.
4.0 D: Solid all around, this is not something I usually say about a black ipa.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-18-2012 17:50:07 shadey (2125) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2012
12oz bottle purchased at Pick ní Save outside of Milwaukee. Pour is black with almost no head. This beer reminds me a lot of another Wisconsin favorite - Sprecher Black Bavarian. The fantastic mix of chocolate and toasty malt blends with the sharp bitterness and piney character of a top-notch IPA. This beer does really shows off the potential of black IPA by combining the best of both worlds in a mix that is better than either beer separately. Very well done. mediamarv (3) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2012 does not count
Nice hops balance with malt flavors, satisfying finish. I had more than one and enjoyed the second one just as much. Curses that I canít get this in CA on tap... not yet any way!