acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Deep black with a small, bubbly head. Aroma is of hops and...something else not as pleasant. I canít identify it but itís a bit off. Almost astringent.
egajdzis (5481) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Draft @ CAH] Dark brown / black with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, citrus fruits, some roast, toffee and toast. Taste of citrus fruits, pine, resin, vanilla, toffee, some roast, and a bit of cocoa, with a bitter, grapefruit finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2009 On tap at Churchkey in DC: Pours a nearly opaque with a frothy well lacing beige head. Aroma of fresh grapefruity hops and some lightly sweet toasty caramel maltiness. Starts with pretty good fullness and some dark malty sweetness well balanced with a fresh resiny hoppiness before a drier bittersweet finish. A pretty good dark IPA.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Teresaís. Pours dark amber, almost black, with a foamy, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, bread, hops, and hints of corriander. Full bodied, almost stout like. Mouthfeel is heavy, yet relatively crisp and calean finish. Very good IPA, but it honestly looked, smelled, and tasted like a sout.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the gingerman, NYC... Pours a semi-dark close to black pour with a fluffy light tan head... Aroma of light piney hops and pale roast...Flavors are loaded upfront with roasted malted notes and very lightly hopped. Barely noticeable hop presence. Creamy soft mouthfeel. Doesnít do too much for me overall.
TomDecapolis (4590) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at CAH. Pours a deep brown almost black with a medium creamy tan head that laced. Aroma of fresh floral and citrus hops, toasted malt, light roast and nuts. Flavor of caramel, toasted malt, light pine, floral notes and nuts.
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 (3738) - 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 (7475) - 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.