italianjohn (2337) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour coke like with beige head ... lots of creamy lacing .... roasted malt and citrus hop aroma ....... taste of sweet caramel malt and light bitter hop feel with some citrusy hops but more roasted malts .... a smooth and creamy brew no trace of abv ...... just missing that balance of hops .. this ones more roasty i agree with everyone who says its more of a porter/apa mix
CampesinoTino (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and oily hops. Appearance is an opaque dark brown/black color with an inch of creamy light brown head. The taste starts off with a slightly acrid and burnt roast malt flavor immediately followed by resiny hops, lemon citrus and light roast coffee. It’s kind of like a Porter that’s been infused with a small dose of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is dry and medium-bodied with normal carbonation and a malty finish. Ultimately, the IPA gets overwhelmed by a barrage of charred and roasty malt and coffee flavors.
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Bottleworks in Seattle. Pours black with a beige head and some lace. Muted hop aromas, floral, roasted malt, and an almost apple-like smell. Starts out tasting like a porter and ends like an IPA, moving from chocolate and caramel into floral with a grapefruit finish. Very good.
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can. Pours a deep mahogany ruby color with a large foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, pine and hops. Taste of roasted malts, pine, hops and faint charred citrus.
Lowe1983 (1349) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of citrus hops, caramel malts, and a little chocolate malts. Flavor is similar but a little lighter then I was expecting. Nice bitter finish that doesn’t really linger.
Elwood (3168) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 12 oz. can at Fireworks
Aroma: The nose is a bit doughy with notes of pine and some soap. Maltier than I was expecting.
Appearance: It pours a hazy, dark brown with a two finger, creamy, dark tan head. Nice head retention and lacing.
Taste: The flavor confirms the suspicion about the malt from the nose. I would almost say that the malt plays a greater role in this brew than the hops do. There are notes of pine, soap, chocolate malt, and a touch of roastiness. It comes across as somewhat simple.
Palate: Medium bodied with average carbonation and a medium, slightly bitter finish.
Overall: This one is more pale ale than IPA. Rather ho-hum. I would compare this more to a porter crossed with an APA.
islay (1124) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. can (go cans!). Aroma features brownies, fudge, and dark chocolate from the malt and citrus, pine, and resin from the hops. The smell is nice and interesting but not amazing. Pours a clear, dark brown. The liquid looks ordinary, but the head is remarkable among non-Belgian ales. There is a huge amount of it. It is long-lasting, fluffy, uneven, and dark beige in color. Similarly, the lacing is long-lasting and thick. If I were grading the head alone and not the entire appearance, I would give it a 5. Roasted malts dominate the flavor initially: Coffee and dark chocolate. There is an IPA-like dry finish: Grapefruit. Upon multiple sips, an ale-y fruitiness (more brown ale than stout) becomes the dominant flavor, though both the stout-y and hoppy drynesses remain throughout the imbibing experience. The sweet malts also give off a lot of caramel. Like the aroma, the flavor is nice but not outstanding. Light to medium body. Dry, hoppy aftertaste. Soft in the palate and not very lively. Easy to drink but feels insubstantial. I like the concept (i.e., “Black IPA”), but this particular execution is mediocre.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2011 Sampled on draft at 3 Rivers 6 Pack this beer poured a black color with a huge fluffy beige head that lingers forever and produces great lacing. The aroma was dry and floral with a vague fruity hop note and a touch of roastiness. The flavor was dry and a bit roasty with a moderate floral hop presence and touches of perfume and fruit. The finis was long, roasty and had a faint fruity hop note. Medium body. Decent.
hombrepalo (1828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked up a can in hyannis, ma. Pours like a coke with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt with caramel, sweetness and hops with flowers. The flavor is malt and hops with flowers and citrus. The palate is bitter. Overall a good beer but not the best black IPA out there.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed this at the 21A brewpub, but alas they didn’t have it on tap. Kinda like Prohibition, though, to get a can hauled from the back. Anyways, it was a nice enough brew overall. Very deep dark brown pour, not a huge amount of carbonation but certainly enough. Sweet citrus aroma soon overtaken by aggressive, faintly burnt notes that fall between caramel and toast. Lively mouthfeel with a pleasantly oily finish. The flavor is somewhat more complex than the nose, with a bit of dry chocolate complementing the pine and grapefruit.