Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ronís in Lionville, PA. Poured black in color with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit hops, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Tastes of grapefruit, pine, chocolate, roasted coffee, and caramel. A pretty nice black IPA.
billdrinksbeer (18) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Churchkey. This is my first black IPA for what itís worth. Pours opaque black. Overwhelming grapefruit in the aroma. So much so that I canít get anything else. Thin creamy head, disappears quickly but leaves lots of lacing. Taste: lots of grapefruit but some pine. Thick mouthfeel, almost like a Russian imperial. Bizarre (and has some palette dissonance) to have this palette with the hop profile. Back end has a peculiar combo of hop bitterness and stout bitterness. I love this beer. Well balanced. I would drink this any time. Awesome.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful black color with a thick creamy layer of brown foam. The aroma is full of toffee, grapefruit, and chocolate. Flavor is caramel, toffee, citrusy and roasted bitter at the end with notes of coffee, cocoa, and licorice. A bit soapy too. Not bad.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bukowskis Tavern, Cambridge MA, September 2009. Dark brown, with a loose tan head. Good mix of floral hop and dark malt. The hops were a bit more mellow than I expected. Some similarities to the Southern Tier Iniquity that I tried shortly before. But the 21st Amendment seemed a little more restrained than the Southern Tier - it just seemed to have a bit less in every department. That made for a nicely balanced and easily drinkable beer but I preferred the bigger impact of the Southern Tier.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler and on draft. Black pour with some white head. Roasted malty balances the heavy hop presence. Coffee and some chocolate, and finishes strong with hop characteristics. Slight decline in taste with growler.
Travlr (9837) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best of the night at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Drught. Jet black with large, thick brown head. Aroma of caramel and citrus, flavor of smoke and roasted coffee with a light background of chocolate. Late bitterness and bitter finish. Balanced and complex.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler, thanks Victor for the share. Pours a black body with a tan head. Roast malt character with a ton of hop character. Grassy body with some lighter pine notes, a bit roast y and almost metallic. Sharp hop resins, ash, and a herbal hop finish. Decent.
argo0 (11079) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft) Creamy tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, roast, some pine, light chocolate. Light-medium body, light acidity.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at TJís: Aroma of hops, grapefruit, and tangerine. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Very good laving. Flavor is medium bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, crystal malts, light pine, grapefruit, and light caramel. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, dry, hop finish.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2010 GABF 2009, day 1: Dark chocolate complemented by big, piney and grassy hops. Some burnt/roasted charcoal in there, too, adding a nice background layer. Decent black IPA. 2010 CAN: Not as good as what I had at last yearís GABF. Burgundy-brown hue w/lasting head was nice. Texture was on the thin side, with a mild carbonation -- gotta take a point away. Lactic sourness was nice. Bitterness was too mild. Hops didnít seem bold enough or aromatic enough.