fidelis83 (2437) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2017 illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Winter Warmer 2011. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops and dark roasted malts. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor caramel, chocolate malts, and just a very faint hint of roast, countered by a nicely balance grapefruity rind and spicy bitterness. Dry and hoppy finish that doesn’t coat the palate with hop resin. This is excellent and well executed. To me, Black IPAs have a narrow window between IPA and an overhopped porter, and is therefore tricky to get right. This one get its it right. Schlafly really needs to bottle this, or at least make more of it.
Black pour, one finger, creamy to oily beige head that has great retention and leaves surprisingly solid lacing. Aroma is roast, citrus, pine, a little grassy/skunky, a touch of garlic. Flavor is roast, char, woody, earthy hops, pine, citrus peel and again a touch of garlic. Medium body, creamy entry, slick, slightly dry finish and medium, sharp carbonation. Decently enjoyable, despite a couple off notes. balloonbuffoon (316) - - APR 3, 2017
Growler ($6.50 for 64floz), poured into an imperial nonic glass. Musty hops notes hit my nose first, then with some acclimation there are aromas of fresh greenery, some molasses, and hints of black licorice. Looks almost black with some brown glowing at the bottom, along with a soft light-brown head. Odd as it sounds, this beer is leafy and woodsy. Textually spot on for my liking, medium-full in body and carbonation is mild-moderate. A black IPA with good balance, worth a shot again when I cannot decide and don’t know what style I really want. Still pretty musty smelling upon subsequent pours, similar to hop pellets. jmohno (1618) - Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Black. Kaki head, lacy creamy. Hoppy evergreen pine aroma . Ripe fruits. Resin. TAste is equal with chocolate and cola notes, not heavy in black character.Very smooth, hops blend well with the malts. Really good black ipa, almost wouldn’t know it was black in a way but not. very smooth, really good one. Besides not being stronger I cant say anything I don’t enjoy about this. wlajwl (6806) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2017
Aroma is dark malts, light citrus and spicy hops. The flavor is dark malts, grapefruit, mild chocolate and a spicy/bitter hoppy finish. BREWMUSKCLES (2686) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2017
funky dank flavor of ear wax and earth with some malt in there and decent enough hop character. some pine and lighter citrus the malt is infected and that gives it good character. does not give away bigger alcohol.
jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Rich dark brown coloured body with a nice two centimetre tall creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, resinous hops and a lot of chocolate and piney scents that show some alcohol as well. Medium-bodied; Rich malty flavour at first with the roast the strongest and then some coffee and chocolate complexities come through - then the bitterness from the hops really shines through with an almost fruity finish and a touch of alcohol near the end. Aftertaste is rich and enjoyable with some sweetness from fruit and chocolate and still a lot of bitterness make this a very nice drink. Overall, a nice Black IPA with a solid profile and smooth complexities throughout. Well worth trying if you can find it! I sampled this sixteen ounce pour on draught during a Schlafly Tap Takeover Event at Whole Foods in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia on 17-February-2017 for US$4,00 at the end of my driveway! edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2017
12 oz bottle pours black with a off white head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate and herbal. Taste is coffee, chocolate and hops. laurenlm (6) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2017 does not count
I was so excited to see this beer on tap! I’ve never had an IPA that had a dark appearance like this one, and the darker malts definitely added a lot of roasty, toasty flavors that mixed well with the hoppiness of this beer and really balanced them out. Drake (13728) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Draft at Sedona, 8/14/14. Pours a clear dark orange with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of citrus, earthy hops, roasted malt. The taste is roasted malt, herbal and citrus hops, bubblegum and nutty notes. Medium bodied. arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Draft. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is hops and coffee. Taste is malt and chocolate.