ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2013
A - Dark brown-black with a finger of chocolate-khaki frothy head. Fades normal.
S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, pine, grassy, and citrus hops, some coffee, molasses, and a bit of booze.
T - Sweet roasted chocolate and caramel malts with grassy, pine, and citrus hops, some good lightly resiny bitterness, some roasted coffee, molasses, a bit of black licorice, vanilla, dark fruits, and bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and roasted finish.
D - Very nice Black IPA. Great overall balance of hops and malt with roasted flavors. dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Deeb chocolatey brown-amber in color with a soft kahki-colored sudsy, lacey head. Sticky-fresh hopped aroma that tingles the nose. A sticky hop bomb of a beer..sharp piney accents with a softer roast body underneath. Excellent! thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle leftover from a Christmas party. Pours a deep black with tan head. Aroma loads of resinous hops, grass and some slight coffee at the tail end. Taste is there with the hops, even for an almost "past its prime" bottle, but there is a medicinal coffee taste that is hard to overcome. Some fake vanilla and licorice round this out. I loath this style but I have to say this is a nice attempt with the aroma. That said, I find "black IPAs" to be similar to putting a pancake on a cheese plate and throwing some ice cream on the whole thing with some sashimi. All those things are good so why not combine them into a huge mess of crap?! beer_est_deus (1300) - örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2012
Brun/mörk röd öl med fast, lätt färgat skum. Doft: Kaffe, humle, kola, barr, salt lakrits. Smak: Grape, kakao, metall, kaffe, bränt socker. Mycket bra beska, särskilt med tanke på att det är en mörk ipa. NordicV (2347) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2012
Mörk, nästan svart öl med ett kraftfullt ljusbrunt skum som lämnar gott om skumgardiner. Doften är dels rostade toner, rostat kaffe, rostat bröd, dels citrus från humlen. I smaken kommer det rostade och chokladen först, sen tar en grapefruktbeska över. För egen del tycker jag att beskan går lite för mycket åt "det vita under skalet". En bra mörk öl i grunden och när bäskan lägger sig lite hade den kunnat få ett högre betyg. De 9,2% märks inte alls.
ganache (5900) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottled on 05/23/12. Nose is roasty, lightly grainy, milk chocolate and a big bouquet of hops. Dark copper pour with a soapy-rocky tan head. Very intense flavor, full bodied and relatively smooth, strong bitterness but it’s somewhat hidden under the mash-up of everything else, roast and strong but indistinct hops with booze to quickly warm the throat and chest. Some astringency and faint tar, light toast and dark chocolate, and a major web of confusion where hops and roast strive for Olfactory White. MikeKeller (951) - Kemi, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. Almost opaque dark reddish brown colour with bubbly, long staying beige head. Roasted malts and full load of hops in the aroma. Taste is licorice, malts a bit vanilla and a lot of hops. Oily mouthfeel, good balance. Quality brew. RyanK (275) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pours a dark brown, penetrable to light with a small brown foam head. Smells of yeast, earthy hops and citrus. The most powerful flavor of this brew is the roasted malt, common in black IPA’s. While drinking the hops and earthy flavor come though more, and the citrus elements come at you before the finish. I’m a fan of black IPA’s but because this beer doesn’t have a dry finish and the taste of the malt is a bit off, it mostly leaves a bad burnt taste in your mouth. Heavy mouth-feel, plenty of carbonation and the alcohol is not prominent, actually rather sessionable. Not very good for its style but not terrible. hackobock (4029) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours dark brown with a hit of red. Aroma is citrus pine, chocolate, well balanced. Taste is chocolate up front with hops in the background, going from a fruity hop character into a bitter one. Very smooth (hemp?) and easy drinkable. gnoff (10336) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2012
12 fl oz bottle at Haket, on December 13, 2012.
Black color, cocoa colored head. Sweet, herbal, hoppy, onions, wild forest mushroom scent. Sweet, herbal, mineral, roasted, autumn forest with moss and mushrooms, minty taste. Plenty of warming alcohol. Strikes me as rather odd this beer. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
I had not read the info that it was brewed with hemp seed at the time of rating.