tderoeck (4012) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
15/XI/13 - 12Fl. Oz. can from a trade @ home - canned: III/11/13 (2013-1063) Thanks to my pal Abu Nasim from NY for the trade!
Clear dark purple to black beer, smooth creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: piny hops, little chemical, mocha, some caramel, sweet, chocolate. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: mocha and caramel in the start, some chocolate, piny hops, pretty bitter, little sweet. Aftertaste: caramel, chocolate, mocha, bit of coffee, pretty bitter, piny hops.
Berard (180) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Pours black with thin head that dissipates. Mild hop aroma with little carbonation. Chocolate and coffee flavors with medium hop flavor aftertaste.
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Benzai (6269) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can @ Beer Temple. Black color with a deep dark red glare coming through when held into the light. Full sized off-white to beige head that lasts for a long time and leaves good lacing. Aroma is quite hoppy. Taste malts, roasted malts, hops, lightly coffee, bitter, lightly fruity even. Medium body and carbonation. Very nice!
Bushwackzaq (2) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can- poured into a pint pilsner glass, medium bodied 2 finger head that dissipated to leave fine lace
Aroma: dark malt, caramel, light roasted coffee, hops- not obtuse, herbal with a slight bitter scents
Appearance: as above, medium dark caramel color
Taste: up front burnt caramel that dissipates to leave bitter, pleasant citrus hop flavor slight alcohol in the back of the throat, lasting finish of hops
Palate: medium thick, full bodied, rolls nicely over the tongue finishing in the back of the throat ,warming and inviting to another sample
Overall: my first rating...I tried this style to see if a black IPA could deliver the promise of being dark enough to satisfy the oatmeal sweetness of an oatmeal stout, and the bitterness of an IPA in the same brew...overall delivers on a partial promise, while nicely balanced, this brew did not satisfy the stout I expected but exceeded my expectations on the hoppy bitterness I would expect from a true IPA. Overall a nice concept but not yet fully developed...I would recommend this beer as a transition from fall to winter.
Sunni05 (16) - Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is an IPA that tried to be a Porter. It just couldn't break away from its hoppy-ness! Had this on tap in San Francisco. One of the best black IPAs I've had. Great hoppy bitterness with a hint of the nutty taste of the darker malt.
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Beergeek23322 (1955) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
7/29/2010. From can. Pours black with a beige head. Hoppy aromas with dark malt, citrus and tropical fruit. Bitter and tart, malty flavors and a hoppy finish. Excellent!
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
FROM NOTES: August 7, ’12
On draft at The Yard House, served in a half-yard.
A: Light piney hops. Sweet malts.
A: Pours a super dark brown, almost black, with a one-finger light tan head that dissipates slowly leaving decent lacing.
T: Initially some roasty flavors giving way to a fruit like flavor and some sweetness. Bitterness follows.
P: The body is pretty light with low amounts of carbonation and a slightly sticky feel.
O: Not nearly as hop-forward as a black ale should be. It seems more like a watered down version of a RIS. Maybe it was the half-yard, but this black left me disappointed.
gdubu493 (27) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank two cans @RFD DC. Solid black IPA. Great aroma, front end, taste, color, and consistency on the palate. Bitter back-end.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1229) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At the First Kinki Beer Tasting. A clear dark brown pour with a hoppy pine & citrus with a dash of dark malts in the aroma. A medium-full body revealed hoppy citrus & bitter pine with an overall well balanced taste.
DruncanVeasey (6810) - NUNEATON, Top 4, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Live rate. Takeout from SFO. Mousse-like very deep ruby capped thickly with tan. Familiar mellow grilled veg, cocoa, puff of soot aroma; flavour gentle with milky filter coffee dregs, blackcurrant and bitter chocolate. Soft ash finish. America has given the world some beautiful things and canned beer purchasable in the departure lounges of airports that tastes as good as this is high on the list.