wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 7, 2008
Pint at PP Carlsbad. Debated on whether to get a pint of this and a taster of taster of Czar RIS, or vice versa. Wish I had gotten the vice versa. I don’t what it is about black IPAs, like this and Stone 11th. I don’t like them as much. It’s possible it is simply a delusion, but more likely, the limited number of Black IPAs just haven’t been that good compared to the best IIPAs. Dark black-red color. Head fades to a cottony wisp on the surface, with lingering lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is mildly hoppy. This seems to happen often when I get a pint at a bar. I think it has something to do with the carbonation setup. Lots of grassy and grapefruit hops. Lots of bitterness. Not as smooth as other famous hoppy beers. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
ON tap at brewery. Clear dark brown with a fizzy white head. Citrus and very hoppy aroma and taste with a crisp dry finish. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
on tap at DLD 08. pours black with off white head. nose is hoppy, grapefruit and piney with subtle hints of toasted malts and chocolate. flavors are much of the same, subtle roast and citrus to it. a full mouth feel. clean finish. i wish i could drink more of this. sunevdj (4104) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear very dark brown with a tanned head and massive lasings. Bitter with hoppy aromas of resin and pine. Low carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Bitter finish with some sour hopsaromas and a hint of alcohol. Interesting, but kinda one-sided. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2008
On tap at DLD 2008. Pours a brown black with a white head. Hoppy fruit aromas. Lemons, oranges, grapefruits, and pine. Smooth medium body. The citrus, grapefruit, and pine flavors are accented by brown sugar and touch of roasted malts. Finishes with a slight bitterness. I had no idea it was 8.3%. Tasty beer overall.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
On draft at SD BrewCo during CDC week. Arrives a clear, dark brown color with garnet highlights when held to light and a small whitish head that leaves stringy lace. Aroma of nice roasty malts with plenty of hop character, citrus and pine prominent along with a burnt caramel scent. Flavor is good, more of the roasty malts, counterpointed by pine resin and lemon peel, also ash and hints of bitter chocolate. Mediu body, gently crispy carbonation. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Draft at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Brown / black pour with brown around the edges. Grapefruit hop aroma. Flavor is brown malt, slightly roasted and nutty, with grapefruit and pine hops being the dominant flavor. Decent bitterness. The rest of the beer outside the hops is unimpressive. IrishBoy (4228) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Draft at Pizza Port Carlsbad; Nose of citrus and floral hops; clear black with a small beige head; flavor is hop bitterness with some piney notes; finish is lightly bitter. RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 On tap. Wow! What an experience. Flavors of licorice(!), grapefruity hops, and a little roasted malt. Dark brown color with a persistant tan head with excellent lacing on the glass. A little hoppy aroma. Completely unique and original. Liked it a lot. Ungstrup (38243) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2009
Draft in Carlsbad. A dark brown beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is very malty and fruity combined with light notes of roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, hops, and alcohol, as well as light notes of roasted malt, leading to a dry, bitter, and roasted finish.