daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Cool beer. Pours a black color wtih a light head. Aroma is very interesting. Tropical fruits, hops, nuts and light roast. Flavor is quite hoppy, but not overly bitter. Some nice malt tones and tropical fruits. Also an odd flavor noticeable from time to time...maybe gasoline? Anyway, still a good beer. robforbes (2266) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
pours a black with a red tint, a small off white head that goes away quickly, and some lacing.
smell is of fruits (mainly plums and grapes), some sour malt, a touch of floral, and some hops.
taste is of toasted malt, caramel, touch of pine, a little chocolate in the back, and some citrus, end is thick and a little bitter. JoeMcPhee (9549) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2009
Very deep dark black beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is pretty awesome. Big bright citrus aroma. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple and a fairly sweet rich malty nose as well.. The nose is fairly simple with just a suggestion of sweet toasted malt. I do get loads of rich bright hops and as it begins to warm up, the deeper cocoa and molasses notes begin to pop up from the back. Flavour has a lovely balance of sweet bright citrus, tropical fruit, mango and chewy molasses maltiness. I can’t say I get a whole lot of roastiness, but there is a deep sweet chocolate character. This is the best of the these new dark IPAs I’ve come across. Sublime, really. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy mahogany body with a small off-white head. Aroma of black malts, citrus, floral, nuts and dustiness. Flavor of molasses, hops (grass, floral), and caramel malt. jercraigs (10875) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2009
2009-05-02. Black body with a modest foamy khaki head. (3+) Aroma is mild overall but has pleasant hop presentation, mild muted sweet dark malt base. (7+) Flavour is hoppy up front with a rich sweet malt middle and a long lingering hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Sweetness of the flavour grows significantly as the glass warms up. (7+) Smooth average plus bodied palate. (3+) Pleasant. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo. Shared by DuctTape.
egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Poured a deep, dark brown color with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, some caramel, citrus, and toffee malts. Taste of caramel, pine, citrus fruits, grapefruit, and a dry, bitter, yet lightly alcoholic finish. Thanks to John for sharing in the lots on Friday. adrian910ss (2594) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAY 7, 2009
On draft at Capones. Pours a dark mahogany cola with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of malt and faint hops. Taste of light pine, malt, chocolate and citrus. Alcohol detected in aftertaste. jeremytoni (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2009
From a bottle poured black with a very small head. Sweet malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste. Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured almost black with a beige head. aroma of dark roast, alcohol, fruity notes, and hops. flavor of dark roast, alcohol and hops. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2009
22oz. - Black, light tan creamy head. Roasty pine and grilled grapefruit aromas rest on undercurrents of cola from start to finish Soft sweet roasty notes mingle with bitter citric and pine flavors throughout. Rounds with a slightly burnt aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Really enjoying the rise of the black IPA. This one is no exception as it turns out to be another Southern Tier winner...