BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap. Dark brown red pour. Foamy, clingy off-white head. Nose is like sweat (really) and some hop. Taste is hop over the top of black licorice. Weird, but decent. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Transparent mahogany with a lacy cream head. Dank hop nose, considerable pine, caramel, earth. Flavor borders on over-sweetness, a lot of caramel, sugar, grapefruit, pine, and light plum in the flavor. Also hints of alcohol. The flavor ends up a bit empty, short finish and watery. The flavor is unpleasant and without enough to motivate struggling through. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
( 12oz bottle thanks to blutt59) Pours clear rusty orange with nice oily head. Nose of funky, apples, citrus hops and bread. Taste is a bitter hop assault, no balance. Oily mouthfeel with bitter roasted chocolate in the finish. beernbourbon (1604) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Bottle. Pour is dark amber with this off-white head. Aroma is resin hop, sulphur, and a sturdy caramel malt backbone. The first thing that came to mind after I smelled it was recently discharged fireworks. Not so good. But the flavor was not so much sulphur. It had a firm resinous hop character with a nice malty component. This is like a strong ale mixed with an IPA, not bad but not my favorite. Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2010
On tap at Petrol Station. Mahogany pour with little head. Hoppy nose with some berry notes as well. Flavor is fruity, with touch of hops and malt finish.
Funknmilla (751) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Consumed 11-27-09...Draft...Bittersweet hopped aroma...mahogany with an off tan head...a sweet sticky malt with a creamy body...hops are mellow and mild with a nice punch toward the end...on a deep sniff...cocoa....its good on flavor...easy drinking with bitter carob powder and sharp hops....in the finish bitter orange and grapefruit...good but nothing too special ...I can dig it tripelthreat (193) - 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. TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2010
(Bottle) The first time I tasted this ale, I was very impressed, but upon my second sample, several days later, I’m not as pleased. Bitter hops, citrus and slightly sour. Not bad, just not as good as my first impression. eboats (1115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Poured dark brown with a big light brown head. Aroma is very fruity with some sourness. Lots of bread malt flavor, medium bitterness, average body, average carbonation. brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
On tap at Fathers Office in culver city. This reminded me more of an strong american pale ale than a black ipa. Pours a dark amber with medium sized creamy white head. Did not pour black as expected. Aroma is heavier on malts than it is on hops, very caramelly aroma with some cascades on the nose. Mouthfeel was thick and chewy with lots of carbo. Tasted much like a strong pale ale moreso than an IPA also lacking a lot of the smokiness that most "black ipas" have. Good but in my opinion not brewed to style.