GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep mahogany that looks almost black in the glass but has a deep copper look when held up to light. There is a small creamy beige head that sits down as a hefty collar and leaves excellent lacing.
I’m getting a little more accustomed to aromas like this - dark chocolate malts mixed with some citrus and floral hops.
Taste is a little more bitter with the floral hops and citrus leaving a slightly astringent kick up front. The black malts are present but it’s not nearly as evident as in the aroma.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation but seems a little more watery than I would expect.
Not the best of black IPAs but pretty good. I definitely like seeing new craft beer in a can and this is no exception.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz canned July 2, 2010. Marked 6.8% ABV. Pours dark brown, black in the glass with ruby highlights with a large tan head that recedes fairly quickly, leaves some short-term lace. Aroma is quite citrusy up front, oranges and grapefruit, some floral hops, with a nice amount of roasted malt, caramel and a bit of chocolate. Decent dose of dark bread as well. Flavor is a nicely balanced mix of hops and roasted malt. Citrus and resinous hops up front, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel in the middle, finishes with medium bitterness and a bit of sweetness. Tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, low to medium carbonation, invites sip after sip. Ahhh man what a nice Black IPA. Not as HUGE as Sublimely Self Righteous, but right there with Yakima Twilight tied for my 2nd favorite of the style that I’ve had so far, and it is a great value to boot. Will buy again (and again and again...)
alexsdad06 (4522) - Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can from Hyde Park Wine & Spirits. Pours a clear dark brown color with a large fluffy lasting beige head. The aroma has a nice blend of grapefruit citrus hops, floral notes with some dark malts. The flavor has some dark roasted malts, but leans more toward the hops. Green leaves, grapefruit citrus and tea components drive the flavor. Slightly dry moderately bitter finish. Medium bodied. I am always on the look out for good beer in cans and now we have the 21st Amendment regulars in Cincinnati (Oskar Blues please come next).
mattsmaslow (4) - USA - JUL 16, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good color and malty taste. Not overly hoppy, well balanced. Worth trying if you like black IPAs and not the standard, otherwise stick with the brew free.
Aquilo (520) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Black with a small head. Big aroma is floral with lots of grapefruit. Moderately bitter, and very malty flavor. Dark malts and hops have been brought together skillfully, and I love it!
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft from Craft. Pours mahogany blackish with tan head. Nose is dark malty, hoppy, very piney, with dark choc notes. Tastes crisp, dark malty with heavy resiny hop notes, pine nuts, dark choc, and some spicy notes. Finishes strong, with the dark malt/piney hop tandem working well. The best 21st Amendment beer yet, and another innovative and solid offering from these guys. Get ya some, and do it today.
boFNjackson (4022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ The Eastburn... Poured a cloudy, near black with a white head. Fair amount of lacing. Hoppy nose with a slight roast. Good piney and citrus hops on this brew and lots of malt coming into play. Creamy with almost a pepper and bread spiced quality for balanced.
Scouser (228) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours almost black with white head and lacing. Aroma of liqourice and pine needles, very nice! Tastes of chocolate, spices, pine needles, citrus, so complex. I really like this beer!
deyholla (5959) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2010 Can. Pours a very dark brown with a gray brown head that lasts throughout and laces just a bit. Aroma has a good amount of dark malts a bit of backing pine and woodsy notes. Flavor begins with dark grains but the hops really grow to leave a bitter pine finish.
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nondescript aroma; just alcohol and some sweetness. Dark reddish brown with a tan head. Sheet lace. Much darker than your typical ipa, hence the name. Hops evident. Alcohol subdued. Nice and pleasant if nothing spectacular. A little thin but at least as good as I’d hoped.