oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some caramel malty tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste. jgb9348 (6437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Deep dark brown coloured body with a single centimetre tall tan head - about 80% opaque. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, nuts, earth, vanilla, caramel and some decently strong pine and hop notes. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong rich hop character with pine and resin the strongest, all with a large malt backbone with raisins, molasses and a touch of chocolate running through the mix. Aftertaste shows a nice rounded and relatively mellow characteristic with some figs, earth, vanilla, pine, resin and of course - hop note all noticeable. Overall, a nicely done and well layered Black IPA with a rich hop quality along with a good sweet finish - great to sample and definitely worth trying if you can find it. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on 30-December-2013 for US$2,79 sampled at home in Washington on 10-February-2015 while getting ready for a trip to the South again in two weeks.
Total Wine Date on Bottle: 11-October-2013 // Purchased: 30-December-2013 // Sampled: 10-February-2015 PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl - Beer Stop - 12 oz bottle. Inky black pour, soft, khaki colored head that clings to the edge of the glass. Aroma has some creosote accents, a touch of licorice, some bittersweet chocolate. Flavor has some licorice accents, some oily chocolate accents, a touch of prune-like fruitiness, Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Broken apart, it rates high in all the areas, but overall, it is a bit heavy-handed. Not a bad winter warmer though. Aurelius (5494) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Standard longneck. Bad label. Tannic roasted ale aroma, lightly sweet. Sweet, a little milky, coffee/rye tang, good character and tasty. Medium body, dark cocoa finish. A licorice whip mouthfeel. Beer Stop. CEZ (414) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 18, 2014
Mahogany body, medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, ripe dark fruit. Caramel sweetness up front, followed by a slightly resinous hoppiness. Good malty character, not overly hoppy. Medium to full mouthfeel, smooth texture. Finish is moderately bitter, slightly acidic.
BelgianBeerGal (4138) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Pensacola bottle. Aroma is roasted malt and molasses with a hint of hops. Flavor is almost like a slightly hoppy, British barley wine with some lingering bitterness. Interesting and tasty. hopscotch (11181) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle... Pours dark brown (nearly black) with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Excellent retention. The aroma is a mixture of caramel, dark chocolate, toasted nuts and restrained, earthy hops. The flavor is burnt and carbonic with a lengthy, roasty, moderately bitter finish. This is more malty and stout-like than the average black IPA and that works out really well for me. Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - JAN 30, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2015 Denso color nero con un velo di morbida schiuma marroncina. Al naso offre sentori di cioccolato, espresso, caramello e luppoli fruttati. Gusto amarognolo, caffettoso e tostato con note di malto e cereali; finale lungo, amaro e persistente con note leggermente più dolciastre. Corpo medio, effervescenza debole, struttura setoso-oleosa: un piacere per le papille gustative, ricorda una stout morbida che sul finale scatena l’amaro/fruttato tipico di una IPA. Promossa! AWISLguy (3283) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Stuart. Pours a flat black with brownish/red edges and, after agitating, a nice tan head leaving some small spots of lace. Aroma has chocolate, ashy roast, pine and citrus - plus light acetone. Taste is of sweet roasty malts, some cocoa, some grapefruit and heavy resin. Medium bodied. Finishes tangy grapefruity with roast; nicest part - most black IPA-ish - was the end, especially once a ways down the glass. Thought it was an impy stout at the beginning, and even at the end was not as hoppy of a cascadian dark as preferred. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle at the study. Dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Nose is very roasty upfront, lots of cocoa, light coffee. Some hops, but it’s more
Stout is than black ipa. A bit dry on the finish, some light char. Solid and doesn’t taste too much like old hops, thank The Lord.