Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Courtesy of northernbrews TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate and pine with a hint of grapefruit. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a small soapy beige head. The flavor starts with a very quick dose of chocolate. The finish comes on quickly with heavy pine. Overall, it’s heavy enough on the piney hops that it probably resembles a "Black IPA" more so than a hoppy Porter.
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a bubbly beige head. Nose is pink grapefruit, caramel. maraschino cherry and pine. Creamy medium body with a tingle. Taste is cat, toffee, pine and lemon pith; then cocoa and iced and coffee. Dark notes accentuate the bitter hops but also add some richness. Might not have picked this up if i remembered it was a black IPA but turned out to be quite good. RoyalFlushing (326) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle poured a dark cola with a large tan long lasting head and notable lacing. Aroma is filled with pine, resiny hops, and hints of roasted caramel malt and citrus. First sip begins with big hop flavor followed by caramel malt, mollases, and citrus before a smooth finish. Very drinkable black IPA. orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Served straight from a firkin at the brewery. This one was dry hopped with simcoe. A fitting tribute to a really good guy, RIP Danny. Beerathon (1681) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2012
A - Pours deep, dark brown bordering on black with a creamy one and a half finger tall khaki colored head leaving thin webs of lace down most of the glass.
S - Smells of dark roasted malt, pungent citric hops, dulled citric fruit, and some fresh cut pine. It really does smell like a darker nugget nectar.
T - Starts off with quite a bit of dark roast quickly giving way to hints of fresh citric fruit and plenty of bitter citric hops. Unlike some examples I have had from the style, the dark side of this beer blends well with the hoppy side, leaving an easy drinking black ale. Finish is a mix of dark roast and lingering hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.
M - Big body with a really nice creamy feel with a decent amount of carbonation, growing still in the glass as most casks do. The booze is there but it never gets in the way, helping to make this one very easy to drink.
O - My first glass wasn’t as good as the second. Second glass had more assertive hop presence and a little less roast, very nice balance. I have never liked this style but this one works fairly well. Another solid offering from the Scratch series.
Very good IPA. The malts/hop balance was solid, but the hops are great. Enjoyed the earthy tones and slight grapefruitiness taste.
TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle - courtesy of GandGKevin. Thanks Kevin! Black bodied with a tall, frothy brown head. Strong hop aroma that stands out in front of the roasted malt. Big floral hops, pine, herbal hops and citrus notes with strong roasted malt just behind it. Taste is big roasted malt, pine, citrus oils, floral hops, wet hops, and herbal hop notes. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation and a strong, lingering hop bitterness. Finishes with more roasted malt notes, herbal hops, pine notes, wet hops, hop resins, and floral notes. Macegan75 (852) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2012
bottle from Capone’s. Pour charcoal with brown hew with some head that lingers around the edge of the glass. nose is sweet with aldehydes and mild esters , roasted broown malt, slight hops. first sip is similar with more coco, coffee, and lik chocolate. finish is blance of most od tnee developed flavors. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Draught at TND: Aroma of hops, pine, resin, malt, molasses, brown sugar. Poured very dark brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, molasses, hops, pine, resin, and brown sugar. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Medium sweet, medium bitter, malt, hop, pine, resin molasses, brown sugar finish is dry. dmac (6497) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2012
12 oz bottle from Capones. Poured a thinner density dark black with a foamy beige head. Aroma of wet dog, rotting citrus meat, bad vanilla, wet burnt toast. Full bodied with average carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel along with a bitter finish. Flavor is superior to the aroma, notes of burnt toast, bitter yellow grapefruit, old burnt coffee, roasty. Good beer, probably even better when fresher. hopscotch (11305) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle... Pours dark brown - practically black - with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma features dark chocolate and deeply roasted malts with hints of molasses and leather. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. Tastes almost like a Danish imperial stout - burnt malt accompanied by tannic, rindy bitterness. Finishes scorched and tongue-numbing. Not very bitter for 100 IBUs. Bottle generously shared by growler!