Frank (3297) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
There are at least a dozen breweries making a beer by this name. Come on, people, if you arenít going to put a little effort into your beer names, just call it 21st Amendment Black IPA or whatever. In any case, this is a pretty decent take on the style. Itís black w/ a big foamy head and lacing in big sheets. This veers pretty far into porter territory as thereís really plenty of roast malt here, just a lot of hops too. Itís definitely hop-centric in the nose w/ a good deal of pine and a touch of a savory character. Once itís tasted, a touch of sweetness seems to bring out the dark chocolate and coffee roasted character. This is full bodied and slightly low carbonation makes it come off as just a touch to heavy for my liking. Overall though this is a good tasting beer and aside from some very slight ashiness in the finish solid and well brewed.
Doofgoblin (421) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More roasty and dark versus bitter and hoppy. Aroma is more roasted malt but not that impressive. Taste is somewhat better with plenty of that toasty flavor and just a bit of hop fruitiness to balance it. Itís a nice beer and balanced--itís just more subtle on hoppy character than you might think. Finish is smooth and mellow with a lingering malt coating in your mouth...not so bitter. For a name like "Back in Black" youíd expect a bit more bite!
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[7047-20150206] 12floz can. Roasted charcoal toast aroma. Clear, dark ruby red brown body with a medium-lasting foamy mocha head. Roasted bread and charcoal wood flavour. Full body. Good, easy to drink. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8
Gurthnar (2934) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can generously shared by Cuso. Aroma strong resiny citrusy zesty hops, lots of it. Some caramel. Clear dark brown colour. Taste is assertively hoppy, lots of bitterness, resiny citrusy flavour, some roasted flavour. Finishes really dry. Rather high carbonation, really easily drinkable. Excellent.
MisoW (2277) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared by Cuso, many thanks. Pours dark brown color, small beige head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruit. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, dried plums, bitter coffee dry finish.
closey22 (1182) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brownwith beige foaminesmy head; aroma is hoppy spicy floral; Flava is rich hoppy with dry roasty tangy; feel medium to light and crisp ; finishes dry tangy malty tagy
Saeglopur (959) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - APR 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml can shared by Werckmeister. Thanks Stefan!
Dark cooper body, with a big, frothy, lacing, light beige head.
Aroma of grapefruit, stone fruits, pineapple, slight pine, vanilla, biscuit, slight grass.
Tastes of biscuit, some smooth coffee, cocoa, tea, grapefruit, stone fruits.
Medium, quite creamy mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes smooth, medium bitter, medium roasty, with cocoa, some coffee, some zesty hops, alcohol warming.
Very nice, smooth and quite unique Black IPA. Also has something with a Red IPA in common. Quite sweet, but really well balanced. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it drinks quite easy for the ABV.
Werckmeister (822) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
can at home from trade with amazinwlrdfood, many thanks Rob. almost black color, medium big tan head, dissolves quickly. smells liqueur, fruity, some sweetness, peach, vanila, mango, light spices. medium to full body, medium carbonation, bubbly on the throat, light oily texture tastes of roasted malt, some sweetness, honey, some warming alcoholic, creamy, pines, very light fruit notes, some grapefruit, light roasted malty / light fruity finish. pretty decent, for the ABV for me alcohol a bit too present, apart from that drinks rather smooth.
adasko (946) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is sweet, full of fresh pineapple and mango with small tiny alcoholic note. From the background you can feel dark malts and roasted seeds. Itís perfectly clear, seal color, with tanned head and beautiful lacing. In taste itís so interesting. Itís somewhere in the middle between good american ipa, and classic bitter black IPA, with notes of dry stout. First itís dry, then a bit sweet and pleasant, to end with dark bitterness, which stays a bit in aftertaste. Itís really good and complex beer. Perfectly balanced. Mouth feel is changing many times. Great beer.
drpimento (2460) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty good. Aromaís mainly hop with a hint of malt. Appearance is excellent with a huge, long lasting, tan head, lots of lace, and a clear dark garnet color. Taste is similar to nose, good balance between malt sweet, hop bitter, & carbonic tang. Good body. Finish falls fast at first and then tapers very slow at the last. Fairly drinkable beer; wouldnít mind another.