joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz can into a glass at home. Pours a deep brown color w/ hints of amber. Thereís a nice thick foam, good lacing. The nose isnít very strong, but the scents are nice -- some caramel malts and grassy/earthy hops. The taste isnít that much different -- same flavors, really, with an added nuttiness. There isnít a lot of complexity here, which is fine considering the present flavors form a harmonious pair. The bitter hops and sweet malts play well off of each other. The beer is a bit fizzy for my preferences and I think it distracts from an even more harmonious melding of flavors, but itís not as distracting as other beersí "over"-carbonation. Overall this is another good session beer . . . except for the high ABV! This is easy drinking and the alcohol is well hidden.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a midly lucid black color, nose is loaded with what smells like chinook hops, taste is outstanding, loads of hop citrus flavor, hints of roasted grain on the finish, very dry, best black IPA I have had.
mansquito (4110) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Peculier Pub, Ny, tap ($6): Pours a dark brown, perhaps a black color with a beige head. Aroma is literally what happens when you combine a porter with an IPA... although I think that the porter wins out a little in the aroma aspect. In the taste, you get a weak IPA first and then it is followed by the porter flavors. So the roasted malts and chocolate aspects appear after the initial, although not very powerful, hops.
dmac (4678) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz can from Jonathan Ron Brielle. Iíve been on a constant search for the original Black IPA, Stone XI anniversary, sadly this isnít it. Poured a nice looking silky black body with a large thick full beige head. Aroma was all over the place with notes of pepper, slight chocolate, vegtable soup, blood oranges. The palate is rather smooth which seems to be the norm for most of the canned beers I have tried, otherwise pretty smooth with a medium mouthfeel. Flavor of burnt malts, light citrus and spicey pepper. Not really my cup of tea on this one but at least itís not a drain pour like my last two ratings were.
thirdeye11 (5780) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz can thanks to bu11zeye) clear rich brown/ruby with creamy tan head. Nose of chocolate malt, sweet, mild citrus hops. Taste of chocolate malt, cola root, nice rhubarb bitterness, great creamy and chocolaty linger. Excellent black IPA.
jb (2511) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Mad Mex, PSU. Have had a couple of this style before and liked them, this one, wasnít impressed. Decent enough looking though had the appearance of flatness. Maybe that was part of problem. Nose was not distinctive. Not much in the way of IPA character for me there. Instead got the dark character, toasted/roasted malt. Palate was a confused mess of hops and malt, didnít come together for me. Iíd try it again in bottle though.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6-pack from PCC. Iím still not sure what the appeal is of an IPA with some roasted malts thrown in. Tastes almost identical to a typical IPA but with a weird porter-y aftertaste that clashes with the bitterness of the hops. I still enjoyed it (drank all 6) but Iím confused by the high rank.
markwise (4786) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In can from Max Lagers. Pours stout brown with tan head. Nose is a ton of malt with coffee, bread, aggressive pine and citrus hops, and a bit of earth and slight sweetness. Flavor is similar. Hops with slight chocolate & coffee. It works well! Medium bodied & very good. Slight metal from can.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz can) Pours a deep amber-brown body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and grapefruit. Flavor of grapefruit, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and earth with a dry, mildly bitter finish.
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can
Purchased as a single for a nominal markup I almost wish I had picked up the four pack instead. This was a solidly made black IPA despite some skepticism when I saw where it was actually brewed. This is at least one positive thing to come from Cold Springs, MN (at least for the Ohio market).
Aroma / Appearance - Ebony black and murky the body lets through only a trace amount of background light. However unlike a porter or imperial stout it doesnít have an oily texture. Fluid and nimble it dances around the glass like a ballerina on stage. Warm resin, pine cones, and partially melted marshmallows give this a nice depth. Only mildly alcoholic it has a welcome balance.
Flavor / Palate - A hoppy and carbonated blend of 7Up and Coke the fluid mouthfeel is delicate on the tongue. Ashy flakes sit in the throat with a warm bubbly finish. Falling just short of expectations set by the pour it is mostly in the ballpark. Were it a bit cheaper I would probably buy it again soon. Instead Iíll wait to drink through more of the cellar before giving this a revisit.