flatmatt (1604) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours very deep red brown with a light tan head. Aroma has lots of pine and resinous notes, not quite sure how to describe the overall impression. Maybe touches of tea or coffee. Lots of pine/juniper in the flavor... okay, that tastes like smoked marijuana. Not in a bad way, though. Resinous with touches of smoke and coffee. Citrusy grapefruit in there also, with some bitterness. Unique and great to drink. SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2011
12 oz Bottle from Beer Camp Variety pack. Pours a deep, dark brown/black with tan head. Aroma of dark roasted grain, faint berry, some bakers cocoa, earth, some alcohol spiciness. Flavor is very much the same with signs of nuttiness, faint smoke with a nice strong bitter in the finish. Mouth feel is heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, solid brew. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2011
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate with some juniper and resiny pine notes mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and bitter roasted malt, as well as some pine and juniper notes. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
355mL from Beer Camp Sampler Pack. Pour is a clear, deep brown to near black generating a massive, rocky, sheen, khaki head with infinite retention and lace. Aroma is fresh, floral, resinous, pine, mild apple/acetaldehyde. Taste is soft, oily, sharply bitter and spicy, loads of resinous hops and ash/dirt/earth. Palate is fully bitter, soft carbonation, mild ash, slightly oily. Pretty full bodied porter with IBUs in the 80+ range. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle: Yep, thats black. Large foamy off-white head, nice lacing. Sweet roasty nose, pale hops and Juniper. Smooth black malt like flavor up front, minor lactose, a little bit of the Juniper. Pretty mellow beer, not real heavy or biting. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Backside has a bit of that low shrub brush like flavor, along with the Juniper. Seems more of a Blackbier than a Spiced beer. Juniper could stand to be a bit sharper to compliment the malts. Otherwise, decent.
beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Pours into pint glass an amazing opaque pitch-black,with an exceptional creamy,bubbly light-brownish/tan head about a half-finger thick,leaving an impressive thick and sticky tan lacing.
My nose detects roasted/toasted malted barley,some toffee, and maybe some cocoa. Subdued, and not heavy,but detectable. A little too light on the nose.
Roasted malts and cocoa are most noticeable on the tongue,with a nice faint grassy,subdued hops background.Noticeable hop bitterness lingering afterwards. The 8.0% ABV is fairly well hidden/restrained, light carbonation,body is medium,maybe a little thin.
Very good, as always SN has yet to unimpress me. Tasty, very good for cold nights, yet fairly easy to drink on hot summer days/nights as well. Recommended. dwyerpg (6368) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 4, 2011
This has a roasted hop aroma, actually fairly strong. This is pretty tasty, but nothing really stands out about this beer, other than some roast, so for a spice/herb beer is pretty good. j12601 (13033) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 30, 2011
Bottle from the beer camp pack. Pours a deep dark black, but still clear, with a large light tan head. Roast and a bit of toast, soft hops on the back of bitter cocoa. Medium bodied, chocolatey, lots of roast, a touch of sweetness and carmelizing sugar. Spicy on the gums, very interesting with some nice burnt sugar and roast. Coffee and long spicy bitterness on the finish, very faint floral juniper notes. Nice stuff. popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
Best of Beer Camp bottle from 4/8/11, 19 days old.
Pours pitch black with a nice tan head that refuses to dissipate completely as I drink.
The beer smells of cocoa powder, juniper, roast, licorice, grapefruit and grass. The juniper is fairly strong but decently meshes with the Black IPA notes. I’m still not a big fan of the sub-style but the juniper makes this beer interesting enough.
The taste is bittersweet. There are sweet chocolate and blackberry notes followed up by bitter hops, juniper and roast. It’s a bit much, and the lingering bland bitterness is strong and doesn’t sit particularly well.
The mouthfeel starts smooth but quickly becomes abrasive. The juniper delivers an interesting flavor, but the assertive bitterness of roast and hops just doesn’t work for me. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
Cask. Small beige head, dark-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, juniper, some roast/smoke, cocoa. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, some smoke, light burnt. Smooth medium body, low carbonation, alcohol not noticeable.