TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with a foamy tan head. Floral and pine notes atop roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt blended with pine, citrus notes and floral hops. Some coffee intrudes as does dark chocolate notes. Body is medium with a smooth, creamy carbonation. Light lingering bitterness. Ends with more roasted malt, coffee notes, pine, citrus and dark chocolate. Tasty! marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours black with a rich tan head and a chocolate and pine aroma. There is a full-bodied roasted malt flavor with lots of hop bitterness and a powder dry finish. So far it sounds like this beer should be delicious, but it just doesn’t taste that good. Maybe too many IBUs for such a smoky sweet malt as carafa. Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2013
On tap at Wynkoop. Pour is deep brown with a slight red hue and small brown head. Piney, roasty, lightly chocolatey, grassy, bready, and sappy aroma. Taste is dark chocolate, big pine and roast, grass, light coffee - somewhat watered down - and grapefruit peel with a big bitter finish. Light body with high carbonation. Not bad. obguthr (6344) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2013
Earthy aroma of clay, mud, peat, and smoke with pine and coffee accents. Clear ruby brown, enormous tan head, abundant lacing. Intense pine and charcoal on the palate. Cabbage is present. Has nice attributes, but in the end I just didn’t enjoy it very much. Tide (3880) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2013
Draught at bar. Dark brown color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, roasted malts, floral hops, fruits and coffee. Nicely balanced body with hops and roasted malts. Bitter sweet finish with roasted malts. Excellent black IPA.
bubbleflubber (2226) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours the deepest mahogany into the glass, not quite opaque, but with ruby fringes. The ice cream thick tan head shows really nicely as a cap down the glass, which leaves thick lacing. The nose is definitely malty with a hint of wood and earth. Flavors are dry, roasted and malty, with fresh pine needle accents and a resiny bitter finish. The palate is creamy and smooth with a nicely integrated active mouthfeel, medium-bodied. The roasts and bitters come forth strongly; however, I wish there were a bit more sweetness to balance the brew a little. Not bad. roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours very dark amber with very large light brown head out of bottle. Earthy aroma with strong hops. Great hoppy taste with notes of chocolate. Great beer!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ben4321 (6500) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Location: 22 oz Bottle from Total Wine-McLean, 1/31/13
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Aroma: The aroma is mostly roasted and dark malts, with some pine-like hop notes
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head and some sticky, drippy lace
Flavor: The flavor is medium malty, much more roasted then sweet, with a light-mid hop bitterness
Palate: It has a lighter and more watery then expected feel with a bit of a smokey, lightly dry finish
Overall, I thought this was a decent dark malt beer that leans in the direction of being a Black IPA but isn’t quite a Black IPA. Still though, I thought they did a solid job here.
Black pour with a thick, creamy off-white head. Strong aroma of pine and some floral. Heavy hops flavor. Some chocolate comes through, but it’s mainly grapefruit and pine. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
It has a dark-brown, well-carbonated body and a light-brown head. Its aroma is wet, hoppy, and green, just like fresh hops with a character of strong pine. On deep inhale it allows a little chocolate roast to come through. As good as this smells, though, it’s flavor is odd, strongly hopped, but the roast really makes it seem unbalanced and awkward. Eh. All the good stuff is in the aroma. If you ever drink this, don’t. Just smell it and toss. The only thing that saves the beer is the aroma.