beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 8/28/2010. This black IPA pours a medium black color, with some reddish highlights from a 12oz can. Medium sized beige foamy head, with decent retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, caramel with a touch of chocolate/coffee. A medium bodied Black IPA. The malts are roasty, with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The hops are grapefruity. A medium bitter black IPA. A little high in alcohol for a session ale, but it would sure work on a camping trip. Now if only they could figure out how to play the AC/DC song when you pop the top… Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz - The Wine Source. Dark brownish black, thick lightly tanned head. Carmelized citric-pine aromas warm to swirls of black licorice and hints of roasted coffee. Pine hop flavors ride a sturdy foundation of bittersweet roasty chocolate and grapefruit zest from start to finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Nicely done and certainly worth checking out in the ever popular Black IPA craze...
Atom (1675) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can pours darkish brown amber hue when held to the light nice tan head. Aroma of citrus and dark roasted malts a nice balance. Taste has a nice pine and citrus bitterness followed my a nice mellow roasted malt taste. Decent and enjoyable.
decaturstevo (5393) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown pour with a hint of red and a tan head and lace. Aroma of sour malt dominates. Roasted malt and some oxidation with a medium bitter. watery and thin but not really bad. Just off as proclaimed by Grownfool who has had this beer fresh.
Trev (1991) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very dark brown pour with a tight medium tan head.
aroma is nice herbal piney hop. some lighter citrus as well. Some nice chocolately roast.
Flavour brings a lot more roasted flavour in. Chocolate, both sweet and bitter. Finish has piney and some citrusy tones.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the Hawai’i Admission Day tasting from a can thanks to grownfool. Aroma is grassy, bitter malt bite. Taste is kinda stale, cardboardy, bitter, malt, chocolate.
Capa (2238) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The roasted malts bounce off the citrus hops and leave you with a dusty feeling nose. Nice, though. Fairly high carbonation on this leads to a quick finish. Flavor is a nice pairing of the deep malts, like a porter or foreign stout, with a touch of pine and citrus hops. The finish is mostly IPA, though, with the roasted malt, and light chocolate notes from the flavor becoming overpowered. Nice beer.
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz can from New Seasons - Nice dark beer with a beautiful 3/4" foam head right out of the can. Smells a bit like fermented fruit. Nice roasted malts, though. Tastes bitter, like you’d expect, but there is a hint of something unpleasant. Maybe a bit sour. I like this style, but this is certainly not my favorite
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this one was pretty good. It seems like a simple concept to me...make a good IPA, plus some dark malt to mellow out the body and finish. You get the aroma and the up front of hops, then a malty smooth finish. I like black IPAs, and this is a good, if not great one.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can. Pours black with a nice floral bitter nose. I’m expecting it to be bitter and the palate follows but the body doesn’t hold up as well to the bitterness that I had hoped. Still a great offering decent hop profile, but needed just a little more depth.