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 (3439) - 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 Grumpyís 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.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
DArk brown pour with a lingering tan head. Aroma is a bit of coffee and roast. Citrus hops, bittersweet chocolate and roast. Slightly astringent finish
bobbo16 (22) - Copley, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Black IPA. Malt, as expected, hides the hops diminishing the overall IPA feel but this is not a regular IPA. I enjoyed a couple over appetizers of all sorts and it held it own with them all.
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Near black with pretty persisting beige head. Aromas of toffee, coffee, pine, cocoa, lemon peel, cheese. Flavors of toffee, coffee, pine, lemon peel, grapefruit, cocoa. Malt forward. Slightly sweet finish. Medium-full body with foamy mouthfeel and moderate-strong carbonation. Too malt forward for an IPA. Didnít taste as brewery fresh as I thought it would be coming from the can. Maybe an oxidized, cheesy hop character in the background or something.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a super dark brown with a short lived tan head. Aroma lightly roasted malt and citrus hops. Flavor is nice and hoppy, with some citrus and nutty malt. Good stuff.
N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted and hoppy, like a Christmas tree being slow roasted in a moist fire. Bringing together "black" and "IPA", I tell you folks, itís harder than it looks. Itís delicious but itís dirty - dirty deeds, done dirt cheap. This beer will always fill your ballroom, the event is never small. A few of these and I just want to lie down outside, looking at the sky cause itís getting me high. What else can I say? Iím thunderstruck.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with foamy head. Aroma of pithy citrus, slight nuttiness, and moderate roasted notes. Flavor is a bit one dimesnional, as neither the hop or dark malts seem fully developed. Slight sourness is also present. Seems like this one has treble and a little bass but no midrange, as lemon notes blend poorly with some somewhat bland roasted malts. I love the style, although this is a poor example IMHO.
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can, pours a dark leather w/ a frothy off-white head, aroma is slight Cascade and roasted malt, smooth and light roast with soft bitterness that ramps up approaching finish, heavily-mineraled, pleasant
Ibrew2or3 (8008) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of markwise. Can pours clear mahogany with off white head. The aroma is earthy black tea, mild levels of spicy hops, some citrus and faint pine hops. The taste is modestly dark roasted malts then turning mildly burnt malts. Toward midway the hops join in with a firm level of citrus and just enough pine to create a sense of resiny goodness.