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. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Draft @ Cole’s. Ruby/brownish body, thin ring of head. Nose is big hop bitterness, some kind of honey malts, a little roast. Flavor is quite hoppy without enough to balance it out. Light roasted malt. Meh.
hershiser2 (3669) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle, $2.25 from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours a slightly murky brown with a 2" tan head. Sour hop notes in the nose. Flavors of soap and sour hops. OK, not great. fsbw21086 (481) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Very hoppy character. Aroma is of hops and pine. Complex beer that finishes sharp. Has a lot of character... grassy, roasted, pine, slight hint of caramel. Very hoppy IPA with alittle extra edge. Terminus (3716) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2010
bottle-deep ruby heu with fizzy off-white eggshell looking head. wierd nose-piney hops, metalic notes, lightly roasted malt, and alcohol. big pine, alcohol, charred malt, and alot of metallic notes on the flavors-long metallic/pine finish. i wish this sample was a bit more fresh. This beer has potential, but im affraid that the "dark IPA" thing is really lead by Stone at the moment. palate is fizzy and harsh on the toung with prickly carbonation. I will try to seek out a fresh sample someday. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2010 Rerate (Yakima Glory 2010) Even lighter in color in past batch, basically a deep amber hue, very head and lace but does not look anything like a Black (or even brown) IPA. Aroma is quite hop forward with citric and dank resiny hops with some nutty brown and bready pale malts, hint of Black Patient but just a hint and no Chocolate like before. Taste is astrengent hops, bitter and citric with a sweet nutty background. Once again, the "black" malts character seems to be missing. Well I gave it another chance and it is even less of a beer than before, I can and have brewed a better Black/Dark IPA at home. cubs (10717) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Initial Rate (Yakima Twilight 2009) Bottle and served in Bells snifter: Pours a deep brown hue with amber highlights topped by an initial big head which fades but last around enough to produce okay lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate and nutty malts, grassy, catty, dank and resiny hops, slight mint and plastic, some earthy minerals. The taste is more towards the hop character with juicy fruit and herbal bitterness supported by biscuity and chocolate malts. A bit of a fruit cake tone about it. Got more metallic and astrengent as well as a tad boozy and medicinal towards the finish. The mouth feel is surprisingly smoother than expected till the aftertaste where the tannic astringent character sort of overwhelms. Still, I like this but wished it played a bit more towards the black malts and less sweet malts, cleaner hop profile would be nice too. Too much like a homebrew with a muddled finish, I expect better from Victory. (It is a Black DIPA by the way... not any more)
Tasted on tap at FreshCraft in Denver, Colorado. Dark reddish appearance reminiscent of a Bock. Also has a foamy carbonated head which almost looks like a nitro. Weak dark malty and hoppy aroma. Not too dark of body with the floral hoppy flavor. Doesn’t at all taste like it has almost 9% alcohol. Pretty good beer.