AndresTM (361) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pungent aroma of grapefruit, tropical fruits, grass, and floral hops, complemented by a faint roasted malt presence. The taste is pinier and spicier than the nose portends, with some pepper and overall a considerable bite. Very natural-tasting, very powerful. The malt character is more subdued than I had expected. Make no mistake, this is an IPA first and foremost—and a good one at that.
decaturstevo (5407) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black brown pour with creamy tan head. Citrusy hops with some toasted malt and earthiness. Sweet burnt coffe resiny biter that grows. Medium bodied but foamy.
Mickey6Pack (5) - Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black Gold.. And IPA with a strong Molasses finish. Awesome. It replaces the traditional hoppy finish with a really nice (but not thick) molasses taste. Very enjoyable.
Sledutah (6009) - Utah, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery during RBWG
Dark brown with a nice sized dark tan head and good lacing. Lots of roasted malts, pine, chocolate and grapefruit. A nice Bipa.
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Disclaimer...I usually do not like this style of beer...for me this was not too much of an exception. The hop character is nice and grapefruity with some spice, but like a lot of black ipas, I find the roasted malt gives it a weird metallic note and takes away from the overall taste.
drowland (6754) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/25/12. On tap at the brewery during RBWG 2012. Black pour, moreso dark brown under the light, with a small tan head that fades. Light hop aroma with a bigger kick of roasted malts, coffee, etc. Roasted, light porter characteristics seem to dominate - roast, chocolate, a bit of acidity - followed by a touch of hoppiness. Not bad.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Ginger Man, Houston.
Pours a deep, deep brown with a nice, off-white head and an aroma of roasty, light chocolate malt and roasted grapefruit. Flavor is aggressive roasted chocolate and nuts with grapefruit syrup. Average mouthfeel. Great beer.
HopDropandRoll (6) - - AUG 27, 2011 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As their description mentions, this is definitely not their standard IPA with some roasted malts thrown in. And, honestly, I think it would be a better beer if it were.
I still enjoyed this beer, but I thought of it more as a hoppy Porter than a Black IPA. Plenty of bittering hops, a decent amount of flavor hops, but not much in the aroma department.
Overall, a nicely made beer, but not what I look for in an a Black IPA
deyholla (7945) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at flying saucer Houston. Pour a clear deep brown with a khaki head that lasts throughout the beer and laces nicely. Aroma has a decent amount of roasted malt and pine hops. A bit clashing. Flavor begins with roasted malt and is joined by a bit of coffee and then pine in the finish.
Sammer (1081) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the one and only Holy Grail in Plano, TX. Black pour with an off white head. Taste is pine tar, roasted nuts and burnt wood. Decent.