Voodoo (695) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque with a head which required a 5 minute rest to finish the pour.......aroma of roasted grains, slight bit of coffee......taste is coffee grounds, overly bitter in the middle and smokey coffee grounds in the end. Not overly thrilled but I’ve tasted worsee. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with a huge kahki head that has great retention and ample sticky lacing. The aroma is subdued with roasted barley, cocoa and some piney hops. The taste is really quite well balanced with cocoa, blackened toast, roasted grains and hops that both citrusy and piney. The palate is medium and smooth with soft carbonation. Finished long and dry. Overall Very tasty. migwell (366) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Guess I’m particular, but bought the ’4-Way IPA’ box anyhow. Familiar with the Rye and the Torpedo, but blindsided by this supposed IPA. Yesterday’s coffee grounds thrown into a glass of porter. Yuck. In no way does this qualify as an IPA, very disappointing. Block (2950) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Dark and roasted. Smooth, sweet, caramel, dark chocolate. The body is smooth and the finish is slightly burnt. A lingering roasted flavor. TheSilentSaint (102) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Taste - bitter
Appearance - almost black coffee
Head: thin with strong laces..
Taste - bitter hops, coffee, but smooth!!
Best coffee hop I have tasted till date.. I'm otherwise not a big fan of coffee flavors!! :)
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark ruby red color. The head is about, um, 352 fingers high, and has a khaki shade. The texture is rather soapy, and the retention is rather inconsistent (usually the sign of a well-hopped beer). Some streaks of lacing are left behind.
S: There are some nice hops here - primarily herbaceous and piny in that typical SN fashion - but similar to the Snow Wit I had before this, its hop profile is rather restrained. But that’s okay, the rest of the aroma is restrained as well. Wait...anyways, I’m only getting touches of brown sugar, touches of dark fruit, touches of chocolate, and that’s it. I’m really let down by the aroma’s lacking oomph.
T: It follows the nose well. The predominant flavor is hop bitterness - not much flavor, just bitterness. I’m getting some light caramel, brown sugar, and MAYBE a few espresso notes around the middle and back end, but nothing impressive. All in all though, this one is too bland and too generically bitter.
M: At the very least, this beer’s lightness on the palate is laudable. It’s somewhat dry finishing, too, so there is a bit of danger to drinking this quick. If only it weren’t so bland...
O: Totally disappointing. SN’s standard porter is far more enjoyable. Thankfully, I have three more opportunities to give this another chance - this wasn’t so horrible that I never want to drink it again. I’m just not that enthused by such a prospect. This is honestly my least favorite SN offering to date. hfmejias (1283) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured dark brown almost black with a nice tan head with lots of lacing. Aroma of roasted malts combined with hops notes, pine, and resin. Very interesting taste, roasty and malty, combined with light hoppy notes. Enjoyable beer and certainly very interesting. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2014
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with an averaged sized head. Chocolate, toasty, roast, pine, and citrus. batneil (751) - - NOV 23, 2014
Certainly black, but doesn’t taste much like an IPA. Despite this, it’s not a bad tasting beer. StevieT (2016) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2014
From a bottle. Mild roasted aroma, very bitter coffee flavours up front that mellow to a fruity hop finish. Pretty good stuff.