patrick767 (4342) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2017
bottle, rated in early 2017 from the 4-way IPA pack - Seems like there are two entries for this one with different commercial descriptions. Hmm. Anyway, it pours near black with a roasty, resinous aroma. The flavor is full of hops bitterness along with roast malt and chocolate. Bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. Very nice. geeklimit (294) - USA - JUN 25, 2017
Bottle. Dark malt aroma with some hops. String hips taste with dark malt follow-through. Chocolate with slight licorice after taste. Mouthfeel is almost grainy and slightly sticky. Slight spice. Oscbert (1321) - Lincoln, California, USA - MAY 30, 2017
Strong earthy spicy hop aroma with dark roasted malts of espresso and charred wood.
Pours a light black, very dark brown color with orange red hues, small light tan head.
Roasty charred wood flavor with strong earthy hop bitterness.
Medium bodied with medium co2, lingering charred finish.
It's ok. Could only drink one. Burnt woody bitterness is a bit much.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone donandres (681) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - APR 13, 2017
Bottle 12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass ganache (6065) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2017
Sight: Black, very dark, small light brown foam, some lacing
Smell: not a lot, not hoppy for an IPA
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness
Mouthfeel: lively carbonation, long finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat and look for
drank: Thursday, April 13, 2017 4:50 PM
Overall rating #5757, a fresh bottle from the mix pack, and should be roughly my 400th beer from California, give or take for the usual reasons. Nose pine and a little char, touch of grapefruit and orange but that’s indistinct through the air. Pour deep brown but not black and still lets out some ruby and tawny notes even right through the middle. Head is sudsy tan. Taste lightly sweet, medium bitter with low astringency but nice burned and charred notes, very pleasantly black without cloy or even much coffee, gives space for strong pine and lesser herbal and woodsy notes to seep through. Fruit is a little red berry and a little PNW orange / grapefruit, but altogether not much, just enough to balance. Malt is a little flabby and simple but again, supports well and fits the table porter mold. Medium-full body with watery edges, smooth and clean throughout, a great forget-about-it drinker for the game rather than an imperial smack-in-the-face. [2017.04.01: 3.5]
ttoadee (1608) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2017
Black pour, quick tan head . Nose is blackened grain and herbs. Bittersweet. Middle is charred coffee, dark malt, pine. Finish is malty, hoppy and delicious. weihenweizen (4143) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2017
Refrigerated 12 oz. squat bottle poured into a glass. Clear medium brown with medium beige head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is caramel malt and pine hops. PhillyBeer2112 (2903) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Well its OK. I mean, I keep shaking my head at beers like this. Its a porter, with some extra hops. But everything’s gotta have IPA on the label now. It’s a marketing gimmick, and its stupid, but I don’t mean to pick on SN here, they were hardly the first to do it. Anyway, mildly citrus hopped nose and flavors, good bit of of chocolate malt, balanced, drinkable feel. brownaler (711) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2017
Mild hop aroma with burnt malts complement the hops with a nice bite at the end. Aurelius (5587) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2017
Deep ruby-black, nearly opaque but not quite. Webby, sticky, very light khaki head. Squat SN potato masher bottle, functional label. Malty aroma, some molasses, doughy. A nice porter-style roast, crisp carbonation, some earthiness, fairly bitter, some pith/zest, fadeaway fruity notes. Faint vanilla and implied coconut on the backend, along with roast and light grapefruit. Medium body. Not overbearing, interesting, off the beaten path and pretty drinkable. Publix, Village Square.