daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Dark pour and one of the few really nice black IPA’s as of late. Love the mix of the dark roasted malt and the hops. Not overly roasty, not overly hopped. Great balance. Scipio (1338) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Pours an inky black with a medium, although quickly fading, tan head. Interesting aroma of roasted malts, pine, chocolate, coffee, herbal hops, and even a bit of grapefruit as well. The taste is just as interesting, or maybe different is a better description. Pine is the dominant taste, and there is lots of it. It is mixed with very roasted malts and coffee, with that touch of citrus grapefruit. It is very bitter and has a good hoppy kick that I like. The aftertaste is pine and those herbal hops, while still being very roasted. Medium in body, an oily texture, without any carbonation. This is a very unusual beer. It feels like a big stout, yet the tastes more like a big IPA. Even due to the fact that you don’t find something like this everyday, this one is highly recommendable simply because it is so good. Theydon_Bois (22090) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle on Amtrak Train 506 between Portland and Seattle (from Binny’s South Loop) 08/11/12. Batch # 010.
Dark black with a big dirty tan head - this looks the bollocks!
Nose is dark roast malt, light hops, chocolate, molasses, leather, wood, tobacco, touch of smoke.
Taste follows, bitter chocolate, a little hops, some pine, a touch of soap.
Full bodied with soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, dry bitter finish.
Good stuff but this really came across as to me more of a stout than a Black IPA! I was picking up pine and hops and bitterness, but the stout elements maybe shaded it 55-45 for me ! Leighton (23360) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle at THE Sour and Saison Tasting, London. Many thanks to Ken for adding a bit of variety to the menu. Pours black-brown with a strong, beige foam head. Lots of roasted malts and burnt pine on the nose. Medium to big sweet flavor with strong pine, burnt brown sugars, wood, grapefruit and other fruit sugars. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Resinous finish, some anise and herbs, sturdy hop character, burnt grass, cocoa, earth, strong roast. Great balance, not abrasive or anything. Classic black IPA. Awesome. Tmoney99 (15320) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted malt, earthy and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer
madmitch76 (27144) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012
19th October 2012bakebisbife (13) - - NOV 5, 2012
THE Sour and Saison tasting. Another Rogue entry - tee hee! Very dark brown beer, big tan head. Smooth palate. Mild fine carbonation. Rich dark malt with a trace of roast. Nice hops - good and fresh and quite orange like. Pretty much does what it says on the tin and does it very well. Smooth, hoppy and very drinkable.
Nice brown head. Pine & citric hop profile apparent in nose. Plenty of chocolate and roast as well. Taste is dank and rich. Mild saltiness--slight umami. Savory. Chewy. Heavy-bodied. Espresso and 70% cacao dark chocolate. Resinous, juicy hops on finish. Beautiful beer. kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2012
(bottle at Local Option) deep black with generous tan head. Aroma of toasted malts, coffee, some pine hops. Flavor is big roast malt/coffee, resiny hops. b3shine (9415) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bomber to snifter (Batch 10; thanks tmoney99). Looks good; black with beige lacing. Smells sweet and boozy. Tastes like it smells with roast and malt. Good on the palate too. Nice! Boutip (6692) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color ale with a large dirty brown color head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of a powerful hops punch with some citrus notes and some herbal hops notes which are offset by some dry roasted malt notes. Taste is a powerful mix between some huge dry roasted malt offset by citrus and grapefruit hosp notes with an herbal finish. Body is full with somewhat of a creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with huge flavour and not necessarily something I would feel like drinking on a regular basis but glad I tasted it.