Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma was dark roasted malts and fresh citru hops. Flavor was nice layering of roasted and toasted malts with fresh citrus hops and medium bitterness, good but not great.
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Ruddy brown more than black. Thin but sudsy head. Sweet malty aroma. Drinks with tangy bite, light in body. Fruit rind dominates. (#3971, 8/28/2010)
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
can. pours a brown with ruby highlights and a solid off white head which settles to a 1/4" throughout. spicy grassy hops across the nose with some lingering roasted malts... medium body with more bitterness, light caramel malt, light coffee, roasted malts, somewhat thinning sides and a tad bit watery towards the back. there is a off putting aftertaste - can’t really place it... almost ashy or old coffee grounds. overall - this is decent, but really falls off at the end - drinkable but not worth buying again.
Zeswaft (1343) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In theory, black IPA’s should be the ultimate beer. In some cases they are quite good. I remember the Stone one kicked ass and the Deschutes one is pretty great. This one isn’t bad, but it suffers, like many do, from an acrid bitterness that is almost sour. I feel like a black ipa should have more late hop additions and let the roasty malts come out in body.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This new style of beer is pretty awesome and I hope more breweries start offering it. 21st’s version seems a decent example. Blends some of the best from ipa porter styles. This is a deep brown to black beer with a light tan head that went down quickly. The aroma was a grassy hop with some citrus undertones. The bitterness from the hops plus the roastiness of the malt gives a coffee impression very well. Finishes a bit more chocolate. Mouth feel is kind of watery but that might just be what this style is about.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brown, roasted malts, grassy hops, caramel, little nutty, little coffee.
hershiser2 (1175) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours a dark brown to black with a large creamy tan head. Smells hoppy with some coffee notes. Taste is citrus hops, coffee, roasted malts... I’m liking this black IPAs.
joebudzjoe (668) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains, NY. Served in a pint glass. Black body with a creamy tan head that laced for the whole pint. Sharp hop attack mixed with a complex malt flavor flanked with coffee, prune and red grape notes. Very dry palate. Very enjoyable and I wanted more.
brianprentiss (670) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
smells like a scotch ale, one of my least favorite beers. it has a syruppy caramelly taste that I don’t really dig. it’s good for a black ipa, but not my favorite style.
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz can purchased at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Pour is clearish brown golden with a 2 inch foamy tan head. Aroma is a bit of pine, some dusty grain, light clean bitterness. Kind of dull. The taste picks up some with the clean fresh pine in the front, followed close behind with resinous malt and grain, finishing with the clean bitterness. There is an ever so brief pine hoppiness to the finish. Palate is thin bodied, awfully close to watery. Clean, relatively crisp, certainly easy drinking. If this was labeled Schwarzbier or ale equivalent, I would have been more satisfied. As it was, it just seemed like an underdeveloped Black IPA. Not bad, just a tad dull.