Leighton (19531) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Kickbacks, RBWG. Pours brown with a fine, beige cream head. Dark bread on the nose, some burnt pine. Medium sweet flavor, some booze, light cocoa, faded piney bitterness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, toasted brown bread, earth, pine. Not bad.
djd07 (12550) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Kickbacks during RBWG. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy beige head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malt and cocoa. Medium mouth with strong pine, toast, light cocoa, very good.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Kickbacks, 2010 keg. Not sure why they aged this Black IPA. Pours a deep ruby with awesome head formation and retention. Sheets of thick lacing. Nose is dusty, cheesy. Taste is powdery, spicy, dusty, minty. Palate was thin, dusty, chalky. No body left, no density.
j12601 (9790) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle n Hum during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours a deep black with a thick tanned beige head. Roast, earthy and full of citrus and caramel. Big earthy roast, lots of toast and citrus. Toast, caramel, and long grapefruit on the end with some spicy roast. Well done Patrick.
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pitch black pour. The nose is softly cocoaish with a touch of piny hops on the finish. A little bit earthy with a distinct milk chocolate character. The nose has an earthy hoppiness and some light milky sweetness. Soft and surprisingly restrained on the the hopping. Decent balance. Lean through the middle with some fairly sticky sweetness toward the finish. As it warms the hoppiness picks up a distinctly pine flavour on the finish. A little bit of resinousness toward the finish as well. Fresh and quite tasty - although it’s more of a hoppy stout to me.
blipp (8531) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Chocolate malty aroma with light citric hops. The flavor has floral and fruity hops on a chocolate malty base. Nice.
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/26/13. On tap at Kickback’s. Thanks for tapping this rare tick, Steve! Black pour, maybe deep brown, with a nice tan head that sticks and laces a ton. Nice roast aroma with a touch of acidity and aged, earthy hops. Nice malty flavor with earth, roast, chocolate, and earthy hops. More of a porter after time, but still a tasty one!
jredmond (7861) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at rattle n hum with Linh. Pours a black body with nice chocolate brown lacing. Aroma is mint chocolate chip and fresh hop. Mouthfeel is nice with notes of mint, fresh hop and mint chocolate chip.
JaBier (7289) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub on 8/4/10. Pours a clear brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of molasses and chocolate with grassy hops. Chocolate flavor up front giving way to grassy hop and a bitter cocoa finish.
vtafro (7027) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Rattle ’N’ Hum SN event. Dark pour with tan head. Aroma is more of chocolate, with a touch of pine and earthy hops. Flavor is dominated with chocolate, and roasted malt, some light earthy and bitterness. Would have preferred more hop presence.