SSSteve (3968) - - JUL 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2014 12oz can that sat in my hot ass trunk all evening while i watched a reincarnated sublime at the masquerade near murder kroger. not totally black with bronze highlights and a large fluffy beige head. fee fi fo fum, i smell a mix of floral and citrus hops. not much of the dark malt though. flavor is a mix of bitter spicy malts. rye? mostly bitter citrus hops and a toasty black malt. creamy palate with low carbonation and a medium body. i donít like this style....itís stupid. and itís time for bed.
JaBier (5616) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown, thick tan head. Aroma of roast, char and a bit of tartness. Chocolate flavor with lots of roast and a bit of tartness.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
brownish black with large tan head that is everlasting, an attractive beer. herbal hops to the nose. firm bitterness before strong herbal hops flavor before some bitterness from the black malt. a touch of crystal sweetness but the bitterness flavor predominates and becomes somewhat acrid, but that does seem to be the style and this is a fine version of it.
mixmasterob (974) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a big white 1 finger head. Excellent lace left on the glass. Good aroma of citrus hops along with an odd astringent malt presence. Not exactly pleasant. I am guessing it just needs to condition a bit more. There are some good hop flavors here but they are overly consumed by this astringency. Really put me off. I drank two pints before coming to this conclusion. I will seek it out on draft, maybe I got some bad cans. The Stone black IPA was much better than this guy.
GrizzlyBrew (15) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black is right alright. (well, dark, dark red it seems when held up to the light) Has a beautiful tan, well-supported head that collapsed fairly quickly, but left a thin layer on top. The aroma is pretty much nothing but hops, citrus hops to be exact, typical for IPA and a nice level at that. Iím not getting much roast or toast to boast, if any. Upon taste, the hops are on the front and back, the roast I was expecting somewhere ends up crossing your palate in the middle. The body was a little light with fairly high carbonation (which I like).
Overall, itís a good beer and if you really like the roast/hops thing of DIPAís or CDAís (take your pick), this one one is definitely a sessionable one
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a single 12-oz can from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a dark opaque cola brown colored brew with a thick and rocky tan/off-white head that really sticks around. Aroma of mostly floral and grassy hops, a hint of show polish, and black malt. Taste is medium bodied, porter-like style with chocolate malt, caramel, citrus and some floral hops. Finish is malty at first and then a citrus mild bitterness. Flavor profile close to a porter but finishes like an American Pale Ale.
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.
Iím 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 itís 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 Iíve had so far, and it is a great value to boot. Will buy again (and again and again...)
alexsdad06 (7079) - 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.