Lubiere (14262) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
A dark brown ale with a thin frothy brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with grassy hops, light coffee grind, musty character, pleasant and complex. In mouth, a nice bitter sweet chocolate with fruity esters, light floral hops, grapefruit pulp, woody notes, very nice. Bottle. mR_fr0g (14028) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle shared at The Cad’s 10 year get together. 29/03/2015.Aroma is coco powder, light pine. Hazed orange, caramel brown coloured pour with a lasting cream head. Flavour is composed of standard black ipa stuff, roast black malts, some earthy pine. Firm bitterness. hopdog (13267) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2013
750ml bottle acquired in trade. Poured a dark brown, almost black with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, coffee, pine, and floral. Tastes of coffee, roast, pine, some earth, and lighter chocolate. deyholla (12590) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a near clear dark brown with a fluffy tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a bit of earthy dark grains with some light fruits, a bit of pine and some chocolate backing. Flavor has a combination of earthy dark grains and pine with a bit of light fruit underlying. jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2012
on tap-pours black with a tan head. Aroma is resin/citrus, roasty dark malt. Taste is resin/citrus-grapefruit, roasty dark malt.
hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2011
Earlier Rating: 1/2/2012 Total Score: 4.1
on tap @GABF-pours black with a tan head and trailing lace. Aroma is resin/lemon, dark malt. Taste is resin/lemon hops, roasty dark malt-cocoa. Soft carbonation. Full body.
Draft… Hunahpu’s Day 2011… Pours clear and black with flashes of ruby around the edges of the glass. Piney, hempen hops and burnt malt are the aromatic standouts. Medium-bodied and fizzy. The flavor leans slightly bitter with plenty of black malt and herbal hops. Short, crisp, mostly clean finish. Refreshing.
alexsdad06 (11242) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by Chris. Pours a clear cola brown with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma and flavor have a tart, funky thing going on like there is some infection, wood, tannins maybe, but doesn’t seem much like a black IPA. phaleslu (10907) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by voodoofish65usf - thanks again, Chris! Pours a dark amber-brown with a soft khaki head that laces the glass. Aroma of tobacco, chocolate, citrus zest, pepper, toast, earth, and oak. Chris suspected this might be a few months old, but it seemed more like a year-plus old, like something bad is starting to set in way too soon. Flavor of earth, metal, tobacco, citrus, toast, dark fruit, and tannins. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a thinned, tannic, sweet, metallic mouthfeel. A bit off. Didn’t really work for me. jmgreenuk (10386) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 12, 2013
Tap at GABF 2013. Poured a dark mahogany with a frothy off white head. The aroma is weak grassy hop. The flavour is medium to weak bitter with a liqourice bitter dry hop slightly watery palate with the slightest hint of barnyard. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
My Bottom Line:
This fluffy Black Pale Ale benefits from floral and fruity notes, making the roasted chestnut and tobacco allusions become even more engaging.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark mahogany.
-The mouthfeel is very comfortable, just like their bottled Smoked Porter’s.
-This is quite intricate!
-The resinous hop bitterness balances out the malt and yeast contributions.
-All in all, this is very drinkable.