BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thrilled to find this in Ohio; further thrilled that it is in cans! For some reason craft beer in the Columbus area seems old or abused by the time it makes its way into my hands. I had recently made a Black IPA of my own, and had heard a lot about this and wanted to see how my mine stacked up.
And they are quite different! This beer differs from other IPAs in more ways than just color. It is (of course) dark and nearly opaque, but the dark color betrays a ton of dark roast chocolate-y aroma and flavor. It is far more chocolate-y and deeply malty-sweet (like a malted milkball) than my beer turned out. This chocolate and maltiness was balanced out by a slamminí amount of citrus-y hop character. The beer is plenty hoppy, but Iíd say it is skewed more towards the chocolate/malt end of the spectrum than the hoppy side of things.
Mouthfeel is pretty good...a touch thick and chalky feeling. Until I can make another BIPA, Iíd buy this again.
I bought this 6-pack at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus, OH.
raoul_duke (154) - - MAY 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 can from Jeff. Smells really nice, definite citrus which is shocking considering the color. Black is a fair way to describe the color. Not great flavor. But not bad. Would drink again.
Thisis12ptfont (970) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of milky yeast, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Not an impressive aroma. Appearance is black with a ton of slowly receding foam. Taste bland with mostly chocolate on the palate. Very subtle notes of caramel, toffee, dark malts and very, very subtle hop presence on the back of the palate. Overall, Iím not impressed at all with this. It is bland with a capital B.
mfhennig (116) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear black pour from a can, big foamy tan head, nice lacing. Hoppy aroma and taste. Bitter finish for a black IPA,. So so at best.
ElCapitan22 (231) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with real nice lacing and has a nice creamy head. Smells malty and of chocolate. Slightly bitter and not hoppy at all. A very nice beer!
Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
There are at least a dozen breweries making a beer by this name. Come on, people, if you arenít going to put a little effort into your beer names, just call it 21st Amendment Black IPA or whatever. In any case, this is a pretty decent take on the style. Itís black w/ a big foamy head and lacing in big sheets. This veers pretty far into porter territory as thereís really plenty of roast malt here, just a lot of hops too. Itís definitely hop-centric in the nose w/ a good deal of pine and a touch of a savory character. Once itís tasted, a touch of sweetness seems to bring out the dark chocolate and coffee roasted character. This is full bodied and slightly low carbonation makes it come off as just a touch to heavy for my liking. Overall though this is a good tasting beer and aside from some very slight ashiness in the finish solid and well brewed.
Doofgoblin (415) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More roasty and dark versus bitter and hoppy. Aroma is more roasted malt but not that impressive. Taste is somewhat better with plenty of that toasty flavor and just a bit of hop fruitiness to balance it. Itís a nice beer and balanced--itís just more subtle on hoppy character than you might think. Finish is smooth and mellow with a lingering malt coating in your mouth...not so bitter. For a name like "Back in Black" youíd expect a bit more bite!
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[7047-20150206] 12floz can. Roasted charcoal toast aroma. Clear, dark ruby red brown body with a medium-lasting foamy mocha head. Roasted bread and charcoal wood flavour. Full body. Good, easy to drink. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8
Gurthnar (2775) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can generously shared by Cuso. Aroma strong resiny citrusy zesty hops, lots of it. Some caramel. Clear dark brown colour. Taste is assertively hoppy, lots of bitterness, resiny citrusy flavour, some roasted flavour. Finishes really dry. Rather high carbonation, really easily drinkable. Excellent.
MisoW (2200) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared by Cuso, many thanks. Pours dark brown color, small beige head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruit. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, dried plums, bitter coffee dry finish.
closey22 (1124) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brownwith beige foaminesmy head; aroma is hoppy spicy floral; Flava is rich hoppy with dry roasty tangy; feel medium to light and crisp ; finishes dry tangy malty tagy