kopher (593) - New York, USA - DEC 5, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
aroma is licorice candy at first, but thereís also a lot of roastyness--even a bit sour--and earthy hops with a bit of metal.
dark brown, though light around the edges, with thick billowy beige head.
flavor is a bit odd actually, sharply sweet in the middle and bitter in back.
a bit thin also, fairly high carbonation, finish is sour and bitter. i donít like this very much, i think itís too much roasted malt, giving it a sour flavor, like over-roasted coffee, and itís also too sweet. all that really muddles any ipa that might be in there.
brokensail (13680) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is reminiscent of cola in terms of the color with a dense off-white head and some spots of lacing.
S: The nose is primarily of roasted malts and bitter-sweet chocolate. A moderate citrus hop aroma of grapefruit and orange peels. Not quite as hoppy as your usual black IPA.
T: The hop character is mild, especially in terms of the bitterness. Fairly sweet and chocolatey with a decent grapefruit flesh and peel flavor, though.
M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.
D: Not exactly what you think of in terms of the black IPA, but still a good beer.
poisoneddwarf (1983) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz can into shaker. Pours black with reddish tints when held up to the light; has a thick, long-retaining rocky bone-white head that leaves some decorative lace. Aroma is fairly subdued. Thereís some citrus powder drink here as well as some freshly baked bread, but itís all a little muted. Becomes more true citrusy rather than the powdered stuff as it warms; more pungent, too (in a good way). Taste is sweet, turns bitter, finishes sour and bitter. Itís a total half and half: that is, half IPA, half porter or stout, which is how I like a good Black IPA to taste like. A bit nutty in flavor. Carbonation is medium to high; body is medium. Great beer.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Black, clear pour with a large, thick light tan head. Nutty aroma with herbal mint, citrus, roasty character. Light, fairly well carbonated body. Has an off, rancid nut and metallic flavor to it that makes this very hard to drink. Thereís some cocoa roastiness and more of that hoppy character to redeem it a bit: citrus, herbal mintiness, a piney bitter finish. Thereís a good beer lurking here, but something about it is off putting to me.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can. The body is a very slightly translucent dark mahogany color. A moderate, frothy, light mocha tinted head settles slowly to an uneven, lasting blanket. Tall, branched out flares and broken, webby sheets of lacing coat the glass well. The aroma is pretty much as advertised, showing bright notes of orange peel and resinous, sticky pine over a substantive, roasty, dried dark cocoa malt backdrop. Burnt caramel offers a touch of sweetness, as does a very slight hint of indiscernible dark fruitiness, but the nose remains largely about citrus-conifer hops and dark, dry roast malts. Flavors follow suit, distinctly hop forward in itís orange, grapefruit, and resinous pine bitterness, suggesting dabs of dark fruit here and there, then moving on to dark, bittersweet cocoa and roasted caramel. Thereís just the right amount of residual burnt sugars, lending a palatable sweetness to the sharper hops and roast. Medium bodied, with lively carbonation moving towards a drier, roastier, slightly chalky finish, the palate suits this brew nicely. Good stuff. I feared some diacetyl, as prior 21As that Iíve tried were rife with it, but this brew was clean and vibrant by comparison.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: An overly fruity attempt at a Black IPA. Tastes like a dark fruit juice.
How: Can 341ml. Split three-way. Consumed relatively fresh about 2 months after purchase.
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose of tropical fruits and some light pine-tree notes. Taste is mostly fruity. Very low roastiness sensation (if any) and not much chocolate/coffee/etc to oppose the fruitiness. This tastes too much like tropical fruit juice with an emphasis on dark grapes. The dark grapes flavor even brings an annoying light sourness. The can was fresh and the sour dark grapes didnít taste like an infection, it just tasted like fresh grapes. A mild fruity bitterness that is slightly citrusy. Just a bad combination of malts/hops here. I really enjoyed the mouthfeel though, full and lively. Iím a sucker for black IPAs but this one was a major let down. The name is cool. Back In Black. Thatís a famous AC/DC song. AC/DC rules. Heavy metal rules. Heavy Metal is much better than rock. Heavy metal can beat scissors *and* paper.
Doodler (316) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can - thanks to Dr Don for this one. Deep black with a tan fluffy head and nice lacing. Hoppy aroma with hints of citrus and chocolate. The flavor is more porter-like than IPA. A little thin on the finish or me, but refreshing. Not bad overall. I like good canned beers and this holds up as one to try.
Ungstrup (30818) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. A chestnut-brown beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma has notes of caramel, hops, spices, and citrus. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, hops, lemon, and grapefruit. The malt is chewy.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black, as you would expect. Nose is mild grass with a little citrus. Palate is a bit flat, but with a good bitterness. No noticible maltiness. Really different. Good, not great.
matthewjk (991) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured from 12oz can - Definitely delicious enough. "Back in Black" provides that citrus and grass punch you would expect, but with enough malt to add balance and edge any bitterness. Finish is still noticeably bitter. I like craft beers in a can. Southern Star brewing is the only other company I know that does this.