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. picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
12 oz. Bottle. Thanks JM. Aroma- Rounded malty sweetness with a floral hoppiness. Apprearance Hazy mohagany color with a thin tan head. Taste starts with a slight sweetness with a little caramel some hop flavor. Finishes somewhat dry with a firm bitterness. Smooth medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Overall a nice malty beer with a plenty of punch from the hops. Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Roasted malt with sweetness on the aroma. Hops are piney but subdued. Pours a deep mahogeny with thick pillowy taupe head. Caramel and chocolate start; bitterness arrives late but no real hop flavor to be found. Thick body that finishes quickly. Roasted malt and nuttiness make this more like a bitter imperial brown. tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
12 oz. bottle into tulip. A medium sized light tan head briefly tops a ruby brown body. Aroma is mildly piney, with some roasted malt, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor is mostly bitter, citrus pith and pine is somewhat harsh, a little grassy, nutty with underlying sweetness. Medium full and smooth carbonation. A bit of a chore at times and lacking cohesion. Not so harmonious a resolution in this battle. scooter520 (185) - - JAN 24, 2012
On tap at Cap Ale. Really great! Perfect malty, hoppy balance. Caramel, nutty, effervescent. I really liked this one.
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reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2012
MMMMMMMMMMMMMM! Black IPA is an unfair label to hang on this fine brew. Burnished ruby on the pour with a firm cap of eggshell foam that will float a cap. Very piney aroma with a solid whiff of caramelized sugar is my take on the nose. While this is not really a winter warmer, it fills the bill in the temperate climate of coastal Georgia. There is a heavy dose of sweet malt here balanced nicely by the juicy hop bitterness with hints of cocoa and smokey peat. Victory should brew this year ’round! Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2009
12oz. bottle. Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops, a touch of toasted malts, a hint of sweetness, and grapefruit. Tastes bitter with hops, toasty, caramel, a hint of citrus. Very dry on the tongue. A nice start to NYE. yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2009
On draft, Dark copper to light brown with a tan head and some decent lacing. Floral notes on nose with an interesting malt to caramel touch. Mouthfeel is medium bodied while starting on the hoppy side and finishing on the sweater side with front tongue feel. kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2010
pours dark amber with a good 2 finger loose head that was pretty slow to fall and greyish beige in color. the body is a beautiful deep maroon amber with very few bubbles showing. the aromas are a hoppy malt scent with some some in your face fruit and sugars with a little bit of beet or prune. it is medium bodied and is almost like a westcoast style american strong. i taste a lot of full malt with an awsome balance of hops coming in when it finishes. it finishes buttery and clings and has a really nice aftertaste which is kind of sweet. nice beer from PA. BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Had to rate this. I casually picked it up, thinking that it’d just be a nice, session harvest pale ale. Anything but...this baby needs a little time...
Spicy/herbal/pungent hop aroma. Very green (young) on the nose. Faint roast, but you know it’s there. Creamy entry. Bitter, hop assault. Faint, caramel/toasty background show through and balance the hops nicely.
A hint of Europe? Tasty, but not fully integrated by any means. It’s supposed to be about the hops and it still will be...when you drink it a year from now! A good, and potentially great, American "Strong" Ale. Cheers!