obguthr (6829) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Coffee, licorice, and pine nose. Mahogany, medium creamy tan head. Cola at the beginning but pine and grapefruit at midpalate A surge of instant coffee in an enduring finish. Soil present. Medium body, creamy. What a lovely earthy black IPA. Probably heavier than is needed for the style, but the hops are certainly there in good numbers. Very nice. thornecb (6152) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Pours black into a shaker. Mocha conglomerate head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing to coat surface. Dark chocolate and loamy garden aromas. Creamy dark chocolate upfront turning to dank resin and espresso in the lasting finish. Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Pours pretty thick and dark with a decent creamy cocoa colored head. The aroma is nice too, some black licorice roasted malts and hops. Flavor brings a very well blended hop and roasted malt profile with no bite and satisfying creamy body. kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a nice foamy brown head that had nice retention. The nose is bright citrusy hops with a heavy chocolate and roasty malt base. The flavor is really well balanced between the hops and the Porter flavors. Strong chocolate malt base that has a little roastiness on the finish. Medium bodied with a sturdy firm mouthfeel and fizzy soft carbonation. Really nice hoppy porter. commonmac (1368) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Tap pour at the source for ECBT. Commonshawn, rosskyle, samadouche present. Black in color with tan like head. Tulip pour. Nose has roasty malt with a little smoke. Taste has a nice bitterness with the roasted malt and smoke coming into play again. Not as bitter or hoppy as other variations of the style. Leans more towards a stout than a traditional black IPA. Reminiscent of chocolate in the finish. It’s better than anticipated. No clothes needed.
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a fairly thick brown head. Aroma leads with a huge kick of pine hops, then rounds out with chocolate and malt notes. Powerful flavor, with a lot of strong components vying with one another - assertive West coast hops, alcohol, chocolate and coffee. It doesn’t work together perfectly, but it’s interesting enough to be well worth the ride. MadRobin (2989) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Opaque, brown-black with a 1-finger dark tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of roasted coffee, pine, roasted malt, licorice, chocolate and citrus.
Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, citrus, roasted coffee, licorice and a complex mix of other flavors.
Medium/full body and medium/high carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2013
-cask @NERAX-tan-brown with red tint. A-pine/citrus, dk malt. T-pine/citrus, dk malt-some chocolate. abcfan (928) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Well done. Pours deep brown with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is sweet / citrus hops. Medium bodied and smooth. Bitter hop finish. Theydon_Bois (21480) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle shared out back of the William IV, thanks to Leighton, 21/09/13.
Very dark mahogony brown with a good sized tan head.
Nose is light roast, grapefruit, light piney tang, hop notes.
Taste comprises dry roast, grass, tropicals, pine, grapefruit.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry grassy finish.
Decent enough CDA.