Tstamba (786) - Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2013
From a bottle. Pours clear brown with thin tan head. Roasted nuts caramel and raisins in the nose. Sweet caramel maltiness balanced with pine resin and a bitter finish... Interesting.
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A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Little Light, Off Brown Head, Good Lacing
S: Dark Chocolate Malts, Bready, Mild Bitter Hops
T: Dark Chocolate Malts, Mld Caramel, Earthy
M: Good Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Malty, Bitter
Overall, a good hearty winter beer with nice malt blend.
tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Draft at Standard Tap. Pours a dark, clean, amber, with fluffy beige head. Nose of roast, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, piney and grassy hops. Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Lots of sweet caramel and roasted malts with potent pine. Fairly bitter finish. Good beer, taste like a black ipa, doesn’t really look like one. fattybladdy (830) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2013
12oz bottle, enjoyed well beyond the freshness date. Dark brownish ruby in color. Strong malt, pine and booze in the aroma. Taste is pretty similar, with some citrus hops and moderate bitterness. Not bad at all. bwa5879 (963) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Dark Dark brown pour with reddish hue, a few inches beige head of medium density. Decent lacing. Delicious powdery scent - creamy citrus hops dominate. Taste is scotchy and carmel malt, a bit smokey, citrus hops too, again pretty creamy. Average carbonation, watery mouthfeel, dry, boozy finish. This is a great black IPA and a steal in the dollar bin. Because it was supposed to be enjoyed by a full year ago, I’m stoked to try a fresh one. Overall tastes like a scotch ale/IPA hybrid.
mcaron45 (8) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2013 does not count
Dark ruby brown, tan head, thin layer remaining. Caramel, orange, raisin, sweet. Hops are there to balance sweetness, but to me the sweet overpowers the hop flavor. Good, but not a style I prefer. daniellunsford (105) - - AUG 25, 2013
Appears reddish brown with aroma of sweet malt, raisins, and dried fruit much like a strong ale or barleywine. Incredible marshallow like beige head. Terrible beer if you think you are getting an ipa. Taste of bitter hops, no fresh hop notes as supposed to be. Very dry finish. Great if you think you are getting into a strong ale. Not sure what to think... jonnyguns (1108) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a nice tanned head. Roasted malts and hops on the nose with loads of dark fruits. Very bold smelling stuff!! The taste is much the same with a nice hoppy sweetness at the end. Dark fruits play a big role in the sweetness. Don't mind this one
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Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown (not black, like most Black IPAs), with a medium head and a fair bit of sediment. Looks kind of like a barleywine in the glass. Powerful aroma, with caramel malts and assertive floral/pine hops vying for attention. Flavor is more hop-driven, with a stronger malt backbone than most IPAs, but less maltiness than most other Black IPAs. A bit astringent on the finish. A solid but not outstanding example of the style. hopmelt (197) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pours reddish brown, half finger tan head, nice lacing. Aroma toast, dough, toasty malt, earthy hops. Taste is bitter dark malt, earthy hops, slight caramel and toasted malt, bitter finish. Mouth feel medium, lower carbonation, astringent bite from black malt, finish is slightly on the dry side. Overall, not bad, a bit bitter, not well balanced, doesn’t fit my palate.