ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can, fairly fresh, from grape & gourmet. pours black with a bit of light coming through around the edges and topped by a creamy, light tan head and nice lacing. aroma is very nice with sweet, piney, resinous hops, light grapefruit, and orange peel backed by grainy, roasted malts, cocoa powder, and a hint of coffee. flavor is delicious and honestly, more roasted than hoppy but offers a unique twist on the black ipa with big roasted malts, coffee, burnt toast, and chocolate up front with light citrus, pine, and bitter hops on the back end and finishing bitter and toasty. palate is medium bodied with high carbonation and creamy on the tongue. overall, a very tasty black ipa/cda.
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black IPA’s are one of my new favorite emerging styles. I had this on tap at the reef and love the high hop flavor that is balanced by the black malt and finishing hops. Exceptional beer.
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown with tan head, arom ais some nice citrusy hops at the forefront with a bit of roast. The taste is definitely more of an IPA than a brown ale, has some nice citrus and pine up front leading into some roast that finishes bitter. Nice brew, wish it was a bit more focused on the roast, but nice overall.
sloth (2469) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium statured tan head, fair retention and lace. Dark brown almost black in color. Nose is sorta tart, dark malts, faint citrus. Body is medium, low carbonation, low acidity, aspiriny. Light chocolate and roast flavors over the the citrus notes though a certain amount of astringency comes thorough taking away from the overall flavor profile, killing it. Dry, lightly tart finish. Not a nice Black IPA.12 oz. Can procured from statelineliquors.
bhensonb (10970) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Malt and Vine. Pours really dark brown with an ok foamy beige/tan head. Aromas of citrus hop and burnt/toast malt. Full bodied with foamy carbonation. Hoppy it is, and the "rich dark malt" comes over as burnt toast and chocolate. Finishes nicely bitter. Not bad.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2010 Black in color with a beige head. Aroma is a hoppy chocolate mix. The flavor is grassy hops supported by a dark malt and chocolate backbone. Medium bodied with a soft feel. Kind of reminds of a lighter version of Stone 13th. Another good offering from 21st! Keep the cans coming.
Nephilium (1349) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice hop and roast aroma. Black, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Thick light tan head. Flavor is roasted, a bit of tartness and a little bit of bitterness in the finish. Nice and easy drinking, nothing extraordinary, but tasty.
TheBeerGod (5230) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Black pour with a tall, foamy beige head. Aroma is citrus and pine with soft roasted notes. Also some graininess in the nose. Taste is citrus, soft pine and bigger roasted malt. It attempts to overtake the hops and ends up almost evening it out. Body is medium with a soft carbonation. Ends with more pine and citrus hops, light caramel, roasted malt and soft grains.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Brick Store Pub. Pours black. Aroma is very hoppy - resiny, delicious, hops with touches of sweetness. Flavor follows suit - dry, bready malt backbone with just the right amount of residual sweetness to provide some balance to the generous evergreen and citrus hop character. Overall - a winner -- the best "black IPA" I’ve tasted.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tin. Poured black with thick ecru head. much lacing. Light aroma some chocolate and a bit of pine. Light flavour, less hoppy than the other Black IPAs, less roast too, Light hop finish.