SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bomber. Huge diacetyl presence in nose and flavor. After a few sniffs I was afraid to actually take a sip. Lots of rancid butter and sour cream. Completely undrinkable. Doesn’t look like this is the typical flavor that people are getting, so I’ll chalk this one up to a bottle infection. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours black with ruby highlights, a medium, creamy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is average malt (roast, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisin and prunes. Flavor is average malt (roast, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisin and prunes. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle: Pours a barely-transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark malty nose with some piny hoppiness. Starts with pretty good fullness and a light malty sweetness with good resiny hop bitterness before a drier lightly roasted bittersweet finish with a touch of dark chocolate. A pretty true to style and drinkable Black IPA. Travlr (26405) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle at CaptainCougar’s local tasting, thanks! Dark clear brown, large tan head. Aroma of charcoal. Taste is burnt toast. Not bad. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Small beige head, cola brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, roast, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, roast, caramel, light burnt. Medium body.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Pours black with a pillowy tan head. Medium thin in body with a heavy flavor of roasted malt. A nice mild bitterness throughout, the bitterness lingers quite a while. esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2011
Clear mahogany with a creamy tan topper that slowly fades leaving minor lacing. Aroma is more black than IPA with molasses, burnt sugar, caramel, roasted malt and very light citrus. The best term I can use to define the taste is Sprecher. As in another ho-hum offering missing the mark in terms of taste and in this case, style. It’s barely hoppy and has a mild artificial that gets you from sip one and just kind of hangs. Jason said it best in his revue – it seemed bitter for the sake of being bitter. Mildly carbonated with some darker lightly roasted malts and no real hop character. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Twist-off bomber, Check. High fill, check. Not much fanfare when opened, check! Excited about this one! Poured cola brown with a nice, but not long-lived dark tan head. The aroma picked up a lot of cheap, sweet, sticky dark sugars (mostly along the molasses and vanilla lines).. mostly pine with lesser citrus hoppage around.. lightly roasty. The flavor was a lot more bitter than the aroma suggested, but it seemed bitter for the sake of being bitter.. lightly-roasted molasses and black patent malts supported.. odd, unpleasant sticky/sour/acrid bitter finish. Light-medium bodied and increasingly sour on the palate for no good reason.. left a resiny bitterness at the end.. I didn’t enjoy this. arkurzynski (2460) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Dark brown with red hues. Aroma is very caramel with mild aspects of roasted malt and vanilla. Flavor is largely caramel finishing with mild roast and hop bitterness. This beer doesn’t commit to "black" or "IPA." Missing the refined Northwest hop aroma and bitterness and the smooth Carafa roast flavor. Largely a caramel bomb. More of a hoppy porter or a darker, hoppy brown ale. Worth a try - yes. Would I buy it again - no. TheOldKid (46) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2011
22 oz bottle pours to a dark brown, almost black kind of like a porter. The aroma is malty with just a hint of hops on the end. Taste is delightfully weird and strange. It has a malty lead in to the taste that reminds me of a bock or porter. The end of the taste is hops all the way, not too rough but just enough to make it an IPA. Overall this is a good beer. As far as Hybrid beers go this one seems to do it right.