AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, but not opaque, with a gopod-sized brown head. Minimal aroma. Flavor has more roasted malts than hops, with a little dark chocolate.
Bricks (975) - Delaware, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
First "Black IPA". Like a hoppy thin stout. Reminds me of a schwarzbier I’ve had, but happier. Not much on the aroma. Appearance is good.. dark. Liked the taste w/ a good palate. Recommended.
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is my first black IPA had it on tap. This beer was black in color but not a thick black color. The small was of hops and roasted malt. Not really hoppy but more sweet and roasty. Ok beer
beerlover82 (235) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From can(though I swore to never patronize cans, but the bartender praised this so much, so I caved):
A=Beautiful pitch-black,with thick creamy tan head, with heavy lacing. Guinness??Guinness is mainstream crap.
S=Malts,chocolate,coffee, faint hops.
Upon sip, I can detect a fairly thin to medium body of same, with the can maybe getting in the way. I know there’s a reason I avoid cans, and recommend that all self-respecting brewers avoid cans. This is it. Light carbonation. Overall, decent, but the label says IPA, when it’s anything but.
A decent brew,but nothing I would purchase again.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can at Clyde’s Rockville. Pours a thin black pour with a tan head. Not a lot of hops here. More like a chocolaty stout. Intense roast and maybe a bit of bourbon. Dry slightly metallic and fruity. Bitter chocolate roast finish. MehMe
zizzybalubba (1794) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. can from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Cola-like brown pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of floral hops with a light smokiness that eventually gives way to roasted coffee notes. Great integration of the hoppiness of an IPA with the smoky and chocolate malts in the flavor. A really nice interpretation of the style.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another Black IPA. A pretty nice brew. Drinks smooth and has good malty flavor to it for an IPA. Not the best Black IPA but a really good brew.
BelgianBeerGal (3838) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz traded can. Wow, strong woody-pine aroma as you pop the top. Crazy black pour with a thick, foamy khaki head. Pretty tasty...starts with the hops and then finishes with the malt. Short finish with mild bitterness. Maybe a little thin in the finish but pretty neat brew.
portableparty (2281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can to snifter. Black brown pour that is pitch black once in glass and has a nice tight kahki head that fades to a collar film and nice sticky lacing. Aroma is a good mix of sweet fruity hops and roasted malts. Taste is less impressive, but still has decent bitterness and solid creamy malt finish. Palate is medium mouth feel and sticky with a fizzy chaulky finish. I am torn with this one. One half really loves it and the other wishes for more hoppy bitterness.
MacBoost (1744) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was truly expecting more from this beer. Pours black into the glass. Roasty and hoppy in the nose. Bitter and sour taste... almost like they used a Belgian yeast strain. Not hoppy enough for a Black IPA. Thin mouthfeel. Very average beer. Disappointing. Would not buy again.