pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Very interesting--roasted chocolate and caramel malts, but with floral hops underneath. Lots of things happening in the nose of this one.
Appearance: Clear black with a thick tan head that dissipated too quickly.
Taste: Medium-heavy sweetness with a light bitterness in the finish.
Palate: Medium body, slick texture, average carbonation, with a decent finish.
Overall: It’s drinkable, and it’s not something I’d snub my noise at were it served to me at a party, but I’m not overly blown away by this beer.
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a light brown head. Aroma is floral with licorice, citrus, and chocolate. Taste is sweet chocolate, bitter hops, with a strong sour element as well.
rocbyter (2079) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong orange citrus aroma. Black color with a large brown head. Sweet and bitter beginning. Bitter fades faster than the sweet in the finish.
abcfan (919) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very solid brew. Pours a very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Very light citrus hop aroma. Taste is very interesting, nicely hopped with malty backbone...primarily caramel roast with some dough and hops. Mouthfeel is really solid, with good carbonation. Finish is very dry and bitter hops. Would drink again.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
shared at the tampa crew tasting 2-9-2011. lively carb, rather bitter, grape peels, dull roasted malt. okay.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Dark ruby with a small tan head. Aroma is excellent: sweet roasted malt, dark fruit, a surprising hop twang (but not, I suppose, for an IPA). Flavor is all over the place and not quite satisfying: sweet high end, thin body, not much roasted malt, odd sour note, somewhat bitter finish. Maybe I just don’t get the whole black IPA thing -- or maybe this one doesn’t quite work.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
21st Amendment Brewery BACK in BLACK Black IPA--American IPA Brewed With Rich Dark Malts--2010 12 oz. MicroCan. 6.80% ABV. 65 IBU’s. (2.5 / 5.0) Cascadian Dark Ale. Thickish pour. Big dense thick tan head with mild lace. Dark ruby edged black color. Fruity herbal mild floral hop front. Minimal black malt toast notes. Mild sweet toasted dry textured slightly fruity roasted black cherry body. Dry mild hop spice end. Confused Brew!! Hops there but not. Dark malts taste fruity without roastiness. Easy to drink with clean crisp mild citrus hop end. Sampled 2/7/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $9.00 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 7/29/2010.
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Canned. A huge amount of green tea in the nose- incredibly inviting and interesting. Blackberry throughout. Medium bodied. Lovely dark chocolate components. Sweetish. Reminiscence of green tea and dark chocolate in the finish- A huge amount of character- what a beer!
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark black with a four finger coffee head.
Aroma is some piney hops with a big cloyingly sweet malt jolt. Interesting.
Multiple tastes come through in phases. The malts overcome the hops with only a slight bitter sharp edge. Flavors resemble stout, brown ale, a low hop ipa, and even lager. Strange. The waves of flavor pass too quickly to hang on or enjoy them. Seems like it was brewed as a crap shoot beer. Throw a bunch of ingredients in and see how they interact.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Grumpy’s in Roseville. Pours a slightly murky and deep brown black with a tannish head. Nose is slightly citrusy and resiny hops and some rich roasty notes. Almost like there is chocolate malt in thise one. On taste, rich and creamy roast notes that are pretty well balanced by the fruity/citrusy hops. The roast kind of combats the other elements in the beer, but it is pretty decent overall. Pretty middle of the road and I wish it had a bit less sweetness and roast. Decent.