Cavie (4905) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2011
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Pours a very dark red color with some rouge tints. Ring of beige head. Aroma is hops and dark malts. Toasted notes for sure. Some bits of chocolate. Flavor is toasted chocolate malts, roasted grains. Hoppy flavor and finish. Wow good. bvc (1244) - Washington, USA - APR 9, 2011
12oz bottle, thanks Douglas. Pours a rich deep brownish black with a hefty and lush khaki head. Fairly hop forward, yet balanced and not abrasive, piney and resinous, malts are roasted, but not burnt smelling, light chocolate and coffee coming from the malts. Lively carbonation with a body leaning toward viscous almost. Patent malt forward, chocolate, licorice, dark skinned nuts, wrapped in bitter piney hops. Finish has some citrus trying to come through, but the licorice and bitter cocoa from the patent malt keep it in check and just holds the bitter finish. One of the better black ipa that I’ve had for sure. Thanks Douglas for throwing this one in the box. Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 4, 2011
Thick black with tan head. The nose had citrus spice, roasted malts, a bit restrained. Viscous with earthy/woody notes in the flavor. Citrus, pine, resin, with a firm lingering bitterness. My old lady liked more than me (and inflated the score from my original notes)...I will give it another try I am sure. douglas88 (9835) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Finally rating this! A new Black IIPA from Uinta brewed with Hemp seeds, named after the Utah State Star- no association with doobies I’m sure. Pours a pure black color with a medium beige head. The aroma is massive floral and pine hops, really dank. The flavor is a very hoppy brew; high bitterness, a massive peppery spiciness- could this be in part the hemp seed?- a rich roast and chocolate. Very damn good. Aggressive, certainly a huge beer. Lots to like here. Sledutah (8081) - Utah, USA - MAR 20, 2011
12oz bottle picked up at Uinta Brewery
dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Appearance: Black with a big frothy light tan head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Grapefruit, pine resin and toasted malts
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel of pine resin, toasted malts, chocolate with sharp bitter bite in the finish (like biting into a bitter seed)
Very good. I was surprised that for as dark the beer is, I didn’t get a lot of roasted malts.
Bottle shared during RBWG. Pour is deep burnt copper with a khaki head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of caramel, cocoa powder, pine, candied citrus and light roast. Flavor shows same. Overall body is light to moderate and nicely balanced. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Nice dark pour. Up front aroma of pine hops, weed, citrus hops, roasted malt and a hint of cocoa. Flavor is smooth with a perfect balance of malt, hops and texture. Nice stuff. mikey (508) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Pours a dark mahogany color with nice mocha head. The nose is of sweet dark fruit, caramel, dark roasted malts as well as a big dose of pine and booziness.
The taste starts sweet with dark chocolate, toffee and a hint of licorice. Pine resin and slight citrus fruit balance nicely. The end is earthy and boozy with a leathery spiciness. The finish is sharp with hop bitterness. Well balanced with a warmth in the finish that makes this complex delicious beer extremely drinkable.
As I have no experience with hemp seed I couldn’t detect it. This is a pretty damn good beer. It Kinda reminds me of a black barley wine.