Elwood (3071) - 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 (1100) - 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 (4909) - 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 (1824) - 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.
IndianaRed (2384) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Poirs out a dark murky dark brown/black. Huge fluffy light tan head that slowly deflated leaving craters and pockmarks on the way down. Roasted lightly charred aroma an not so much of the classic IPA hop notes. Flavor was similar, on the light side for body, moderate carbonation and q pleasant bitterness on be trailer from just as much the hops as the roast. Nice job HoHW
SrSilliGose (3248) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
liked this quite a bit. roasty, light salmon smoke, nice floral hop note. awesome balance. nice roasty dark chocolate bite. really easy to drink. tight beer.
jrob21 (2531) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A new addition to the Atlanta beer scene. Much more a beer that can stand on its own then a hybrid of brown ale and IPA. The dominant experience is roasty malt with a bit of a caramel touch and a slight bittersweet aspect to it. The hop profile complements well with just a hint of orange citrus. Pours a dark brown translucent color. The malt profile is not so much nutty as it is toasted dark grains almost a little bit of burned bread but in a nice way. Pretty decently drinkable as well, not overpowering in the malt profile or with the sweetness so that you can have more than one in a sitting.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a two finger head, aroma is dark malt and the faintest hint of citrus hop. Flavor is rich malt, a little roast, caramel, tiny coffee and bitter chocolate. The hops disappeared, finish is long and caramel coating the tongue. This would be a good stout but I missed the IPA parts.
williamherbert (1282) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown-black with red at the edges. Decent head, good lace. Whiff of pale malts and citrus hop. Slightly roasted too like caramel or spicy rye malt. Tastes like a stout or a porter. Has a roasted malt and a citrus finish. Dry finish. A dark IPA with a terrific bitter end result. Liking the dark IPA style.