GIJOE (1256) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUL 7, 2017
Pours inky black with a modest cappuccino looking head that fades quickly. Nose is bready with dark roasted grain and toasted malt notes. Taste is nicely bitter with a robust malt load shining through. A touch of coffee - or was it covfefe - in the aftertaste. Quite nice! voyageurmike (512) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2017
Can from Canal’s. Pours with big tan head, black and opaque. Full body with roasted malt aroma, semisweet chocolate malt taste with hops underneath. Bitter hops and malt finish. gripweed57 (2910) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2017
12 ounce can. Translucent dark brown color. Large frothy tan head. Roasted malt nose hints at bittersweet chocolate, charcoal and tobacco. Flavor follows the nose with additional notes of espresso and black pepper. Lots of bitter hops from mid-taste through finish. Warming alcohol finish. Long bitter aftertaste. Dacrza (1047) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2017
DATE: February 24, 2017... OCCASION: enjoying Will’s tenth birthday sleepover from a distance after taking in GameChanger Wrestling in the Meadows... GLASSWARE: Howard’s Pub pint... pours an intimidating black body befitting its name, with rocky pock-marked brown head that eventually settles to a quarter-finger’s worth of marshy bubbles.... produces on first sniff a woody, pulpy character akin to entering a lumber yard--dank and with the suggestion of toasted oats, caramel, and light, distant citrus... I do not pick up the Cascade as significantly as pronounced on the label, though... full-bodied, coffee-like in its throat feel, heavy with hazy, boozy aftertaste yet actively vibrating the teeth... doesn’t feign an effort to hide the alcohol, but though this beer isn’t oversized, it nonetheless feels right... chewy? yes, and lingering as a sludge pile might ooze... the toasted sweetness comes through loud and clear; the dankness also is appreciable... some soot and char is exhaled, so much so that the experience is more akin to a porter than the style would have us believe... a creamy finish makes for a willing return sip--this is a buzz-worthy beer, and one I am glad came back into circulation, though I stumbled upon it through a breakpack mix box... worthwhile and worth seeking out... rosenbergh (11868) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2016
22 oz bottle. Bottled Fall 2014. (Blue Max Liquors) Burnsville, MN.
rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Dark reddish brown... almost black color with a thick creamy light brown head.
Sweet roasted malt, chocolate, mild coffee, some hops and mild bitterness in the aroma. The flavor is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, mild hops, mild bitterness and some oily notes. I’m not sure what’s left of the hops but still quite balanced and tasty brew.
bottle. Near black with one finger head. Strong dark chocolate malt. Moderate hops, but somewhat overwhelmed by the malts. Good, but not great. Ron (4212) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2016
On tap at the Thirsty Moose Portsmouth. Pours an oily pitch black with a one finger mocha head. Rich and smooooth bakers chocolate aroma with strong roasted malt. Flavor is of black malt and more of the bakers chocolate. Not much in the way of hops for a black IPA. OK by me. There are some dark fruit notes. Thick, oily palate. Good stuff. superspak (6082) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2016
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 11/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Medium pine and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky/resinous, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. johnnymusky (1004) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Beer had a great flavor...but finish was rough....really bitter and long lasting finish....would be great if bitterness was mellowed out... milewide (2320) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2015
12 ounce bottle from 11/15 bottling. Black with creamy tan head. Roast and coffee taste with modest bitter after taste.