Nephilium (1222) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice hop and roast aroma. Black, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Thick light tan head. Flavor is roasted, a bit of tartness and a little bit of bitterness in the finish. Nice and easy drinking, nothing extraordinary, but tasty.
TheBeerGod (4910) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Black pour with a tall, foamy beige head. Aroma is citrus and pine with soft roasted notes. Also some graininess in the nose. Taste is citrus, soft pine and bigger roasted malt. It attempts to overtake the hops and ends up almost evening it out. Body is medium with a soft carbonation. Ends with more pine and citrus hops, light caramel, roasted malt and soft grains.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Brick Store Pub. Pours black. Aroma is very hoppy - resiny, delicious, hops with touches of sweetness. Flavor follows suit - dry, bready malt backbone with just the right amount of residual sweetness to provide some balance to the generous evergreen and citrus hop character. Overall - a winner -- the best "black IPA" Iíve tasted.
troopie (2293) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tin. Poured black with thick ecru head. much lacing. Light aroma some chocolate and a bit of pine. Light flavour, less hoppy than the other Black IPAs, less roast too, Light hop finish.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from SL. Pour was brown-black, decent initial head with ok lacing. The aroma was ashy and chocolate along with some piney citrus notes. The flavor featuerd darker malts, some coffee notes over the top kinda making this initially more like a big porter with hops. The flavor continued down the resinous route with some serious citrus hopping going on. Some ash in the aftertaste, this pushed the black IPA style almost back into a hoppy porter, the mouthfeel, though, resembling more of an IPA, some dry elements to it. A decent brew. Enjoyed just as much if not more on the second go-round later this week.
bluejacket74 (1133) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy hops (grapefruit) along with a bit of sweet malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine and citrusy (mostly grapefruit, some tropical fruit) hops, bready malt, and some coffee and roasted malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit oily and very smooth. Drinkability is pretty good, itís very easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a pretty good IPA, Iíd definitely buy this again. Thanks to Joe at Blacklick Wine and Spirits for recommending this to me earlier today!
thornecb (3986) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours mahogany tinged black into a Sam glass. Pancake head gloppily recedes to calmly coat surface. Chocolate malt, chemicals, ozone and resin aromas. Thin with dark sour pumpernickel toast upfront turning to a lasting chocolately grapefruit resin finish.
beersearcher (2175) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a lighter shade of black. Cool can artwork. Canít put my finger on the specific hops. Was expecting more bite. Regular IPA is better to me.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20100730 12oz can from State Line. Dark cola brown, hazy, with medium khaki head. Pretty straightforward pine and light char aroma with caramel and grapefruit. Creamy palate up front, medium heft, drying quickly with nice resinous bitterness and a bit of ash. Definitely sets itself apart from a hoppy porter with a lighter mouthfeel, less roast, not at all chocolate or coffeeish, less sweetness for a beer of moderately strong abv. I like where this style is going when itís more like this, sessionable and hop focused.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very much like a sweet hoppy porter. This is way too sweet for me, if it were drier then maybe I would like it more.