JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
better than good, short of great. Pours a nice black, with a tan frothy head. I really don’t find this to be an IPA. Its got a heavy malt finish that I feel really dominates the beer. I’m not sure what I would call this but I think the malt profile is the dominate feature here. It’s different, its worth try or trading for, but I felt it was short of magical. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle from Woodman’s Madison. Pours a brown black with a tall creamy head and the aroma of pounds of hops. Citrus, mango, pine, tropical aromas with some of that chocolate malt hidden beneath the hop goodness. Sweet tropical pine flavors first hit the tongue followed by the chocolate light black patent malt background. Though malts overtake the initial hop flavor a clean citrus bitterness lingers. Really good stuff. I love this brewery, I wish I had bought a case of this stuff. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Originally reviewed: 1/30/12. Pours a dark Cola-like ruddy black with light edges. Inch worth of beige head on top, of the creamy sort, leaving gobs of lace in its wake. The nose on this beer is phenomenal! Aromas of pine needles, citrus, faint whisps of roast, damp trail. I dipped my nose in, and it never wanted to leave.
Nice hefty body holds up well with the ABV and bitterness. Carbonation is moderately low, which is no complaint. This being a fall-release, I was a little worried that this beer lost too much of its character. I never had this one "off the press," but I find it hard to believe it was much better than it is now, because this was fantastic. Big hoppy flavors abound. Sharp and flavorful. Semi-sweet finish. Mild dark maltiness noted, but the hops take over. Superb beer. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus taster glass.
Pours very dark brown with a nice two-finger off-white head. Good retention and some sticky lacing as it falls. The nose has some nice pine and roast, plus backing citrus. Flavor meshes the hops and the backing roasted malt quite well. This is how an ABA should be done. Body is medium with a touch of acrid roast dryness plus hop bitterness cutting through. Quite good. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2012
12oz bottle from yet another unremembered trade. Roiling black pour with some faint brownish notes amidst the considerable carbonation. Nose is sticky licorice and dank malts, with ripe hop notes bubbling up from the core. Some tangy rind, a bit of bitters, and chocolate. Mouthfeel a bit too sticky, but that seems to be a problem I have with the style in general. The intense hops do tend to blend well with the molasses and the pine finish redeems much.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2012
Bottle in Hotel Room, Chicago - Special Thanks to Derek. Black - offwhite head. Burned malts, light sweetness, nice roasted, light caramel, fruity, ok hoppy, grassy, chocolate, citrus, piney, nice bitterness. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Fresh 12 oz. bottle. The pour yields an extremely dark cola-mahogany body with an initially thick, spongy head of beige foam. The head settles slowly to a thin, bubbly sheet that never fully recedes, giving dense, solid rings and tattered splotches of lacing to the glass. Aromas are based in black patent malt, baking bread, and mild, dry cocoa. Juicy citrus hops suggest of grapefruit mostly, with perhaps a nod to lemon. Flavors follow suit, quite dry and roasty for a black IPA, touching on pumpernickel toast and dry cocoa. Yeast is prominent, even spicy at times, sticking its nose where it doesn’t quite belong. Hops are again citrus based, leaning heavily towards grapefruit pith, with secondary pine. It’s well balanced. The palate is a bit overly assertive when it comes to carbonation, and perhaps a hair overly attenuated for the style. Still, I like it dry, and this brew sits well with me. Not outstanding, but solid. alassio (96) - USA - MAR 5, 2012
I just finished my last bottle discovered at the back of the fridge and just had to doff my hat in praise. The gentle hops in this one are set off so brilliantly by the sweetness/tartness of its blackness that it is incredibly balanced and supple. I normally go for extreme beers, but this one is so extremely perfectly flavored, and the flavor dynamics are so multifaceted, that I’m starting to cry in my beer. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle. Nice black IPA. Nose and taste very similar with nice balanced hop profile, chocolate malt, and molasses. Light on the palate yet nice body.
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Pours a rich brown with a decent tan head. The aroma is very nice. Strong but pleasant, biscuuity. Great taste. Long finish with pleasant aftertaste. Very good.