madvike (3251) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle - Pours clear dark brown with a thin light tan head. Citrusy hops on the nose, with a nice sharp boozy note, resiny pine hops, and not lots of malt. Taste is really hoppy, with lots of citrus and pine--not much malt. This sucker has the focus on the hops and a bit of chocolate malt. Smooth and medium fluffy body. Another solid Odell brew. 7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2012
snifter. brown amber color with white to tan head. aromas are a mix of sweet and pine trees. taste of wet charred wood, roasty, and finishes with a nice accent of hops.grainy texture with a medium and nicely carbonated. KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a dark chestnut brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown rocky head that diminished slightly to a foamy residue which had great longevity and some awesome lacing.
The aroma was of a dark bread malt, pine hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of toffee, dark fruit, coffee and licorice.
The taste was a bitter malty with a hint of licorice and dark fruit at first and then a nice bitter sweet hoppy flavor set in with a note of roasted coffee at the end. The flavor stuck around for quite a long time after the swallow with the taste of the pine hops left to linger on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was strong medium in body and a tad oily in texture with a mild carbonation.
Overall a bold and hoppy Black IPA with just the right amount of sweetness thus creating a perfect balance of flavors in this exceptional brew.
DWestrick (732) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Awesome imperial black ipa. The new standard IMO. Excellent complexities that packs a punch world class badgerben (5131) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Black color with a medium head. Strong piney aroma with moderate dank and a bit of citrus. Light roasted barley. Mostly a dank and pine flavor. Moderate bitterness. Medium body.
MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Tan, creamy head with a purple black body. Moderate bitterness and medium body. Alcohol is mildly apparent but unfortunately plays a bigger role than I’d like. Good malt presence. high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
An opaque black body with a tan foamy head and lots of lacing. The aroma has a nice balance of toasted malt and slightly spicy hops. The flavor is similar, with the toast and malt making up the forward flavor and the bitter and spicy hops making up the back end. fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2011
A black beer with a red tinge and a small beige head. The aroma is fruit and pine hops, very nice. The flavor starts with roasted malt flavor and ends with very good fruity and pine hops characteristics. Very enjoyable. riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Nose of roast chocolate caramel and pine resiny hops. Pours black tan creamy head and nice lace. Flavors of chocolate caramel and roasted malts slightly oily and hoppily acidic. Pine resin moderate hop bitterness. Mostly rather balanced and drinkable. Solid. dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle. Poured a dark brown almost black color. Head was a two finger tan. That left plenty of lacing on the side of the glass as it went. Aroma was pines, spruce and hops. Flavor was the best of the Ipa, hops hops and more hops with some chocolate and caramel. Oily and sticky mouthfeel. Bitter finish. Great all around beer. The more I drink the more I love.