zizzybalubba (1768) - 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 (3708) - 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 (2273) - 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 (1727) - 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.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can (thanks beerchugger!) pours black as light passes through my glass I notice a red tint. 1/2" head that tapers to just a slight ring. Very rich malty smell, caramel, chocolate a hint of coffee with a good amount citrus hop aroma.Tase: Full of nice chocolate, caramel, roasty malts a very nice hop kick at the end. At the beginning of the finish I pick a woody note then a touch of alcohol then an awesome blast of hops that hangs in the mouth. I really like this one!
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark almost black with ruby tints. helthy sized head. citrusy hops in the nose. sweet hoppy notes with some citrus thrown in. lighter on the malts than some of the black ipa’s i’ve had but probably one of the better ones. solid beer.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Black with some reddish highlight around the edges when held to light. Thick sticky brown head. Aroma of rich dark malt and a hint of brown sugar. Flavour starts like a thick stout that has been dry hopped with the hops compeletely overpowered by the malt. As you drink a nice hoppiness builds on the tongue. Maybe the blackest maltiest Black IPA I have tried. Tasty with a strong coffee taste.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Rating #306. Chocolate roast aroma and just a bit of wet cardboard. Very dark brown pour with a nice tan head that left very little lacing. Roast bitterness and hops that stick to the tongue, but it doesn’t linger for too long with a nice clean aftertaste. (1497)
andyhwcinc (1804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY; enjoyed on a good friends rooftop overlooking the NYC skyline on a warm March evening. Appearance like a stout, pure black with a prominent white head. Aroma dominated by hops, also a bit of creaminess. Taste is mostly hoppy like a traditional IPA but with a touch of roasted malt thrown in, crisp while still retaining a smoothness to it. Pretty good stuff.