czar (9338) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2012
bottle shared with VT. pours very dark brown, almost black, with a nice creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. burnt malts, resin, grass, booze, umami, tobacco, coffee, maple, soy, molasses. average carbonation, medium body, medium to long resinous-citrusy finish. VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
600 ml bottle shared with czar and friends. Opaque black with a short lasting beige head. Smell is pine tree, herbal hops, coffee. Taste is coffee, roast, chocolate and cream. Some, first very subtle, coffee and herbal bitterness. Lingers on for quite a while. Then, boom! Hits like a truck, very solid bitterness invades the mouth. Medium to strong bodied, weak carbonation. A solid black IPA. HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
January 6, 2012 - with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc & mabel. My bomber. Black pour with a smallish but lasting creamy/foamy tan rocky head. Aroma is very roasty, dry herbal/resin bitterness; leafy, lactic and definite alcohol presence (7+). Taste follows - resin, alcohol and tons of nutty dark roast, maybe a hint of metal. Average body, astringent, mild carbonation, quite a long dry nearly burnt finish and linger - not bad ... I still really dont consider black IPA a go-to style of me: give me HOPPY, or give me ROAST - just not in the same glass, if you please. radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Split a 22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma was roasted malts, with some citrus and pine bitterness in there. Flavor was pine citrus, with some caramel notes. A pretty well balanced Black IPA. Enjoyed it a lot. CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 13, 2012
Impressive and strong Black IPA. At 10%, this is not a drinker, but the booze is well hidden under a smoky hoppy umbrella. Well made and well priced at 5.99 for 22 oz.
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
Mondial de la bière 2012 - Bière opaque, couleur de mélasse et coiffée d’un fin col chamois laissant une fine dentelle souple au verre. Des arômes torréfiés de pain grillé et de beurre. Bien amère avec une agréable touche minérale. Elle est de corps solide, mais veloutée et légèrement effervescente. Elle se termine sur de longs arômes et une bonne amertume. Beerdedone (3446) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head that left good lacing. Aroma of pine, caramel, chocolate and roast. Rich flavor of roasted malts, caramel, pine, chocolate and cocoa with a medium body and had a dry finish. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2012
22oz bottle picked up at the brewery in Morrisville, VT. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big orange hops and sweeter caramels up front before some chocolate and a light roast come in. The oranges are pretty sweet and juicy with some resins, florals, and a light pine. Flavor is similar. Lots of sweet orange hops and caramels up front with some resins, florals, and light pines. Some chocolate in the middle before a light roast comes in that is more distinct than the aroma. The light roasts and orange hops lead this into the end where it finishes mostly dry with a medium-light, somewhat resiny bitterness from the light roasts and pines along with a pretty sweet caramel and chocolate malt backing. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a soft, medium carbonation. Overall, a sweeter, but solid Black IPA. Lots of orange hops and caramels, but a nice chocolate and light roast shows up towards the finish. Bumping the palate up a point because this absolutely does not drink like 10%. AdamChandler (5150) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 21, 2012
A - half finger tab head. Big and small bubbles. Dark brown.
S - Nice hops. Roasted malts and pine
T - roasty and nutty. Peanuts and smokiness. Nice hop profiles and solid vanilla taste.
M - 50/50 carbonation. Heavy body and lingering
O - it's a bit too sweet but a very solid beer. B+
blankboy (7788) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
Bottle [660ml] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o HogTownHarry. Jan. 6. Pours black with a large lasting frothy off-white head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, coffee, leafy hops, caramel and chocolate. Flavour of roasted malt, leafy hops, cocoa and dark fruit. Medium bodied. Very good.