bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Draught) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, lightly burnt grains, and grass. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, pine, and grass with a dry, bitter finish.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Black IPA
Date: June 11, 2011
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: black, creamy beige head, thick icy lace
Aroma: citrus aroma backed by roasted malts, hint of sweetness
Flavor: sweet roasted flavor, lots of hops, big citrus character, bitter black chocolate, touch of sweet pine, long roasted finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
hopscotch (9106) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft… Black ale with a small, frothy, tan head. Decent retention. The unfortunate aroma is of wet, sweaty, ammonia-laden socks... sort of hempen in a stale-bong-water sort of way. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with tickling carbonation. Tilts only a tad toward the bitter side of balance. I’m not a big hop guy, so a decently balanced Ipa suits me just fine. Crisp, moderately burnt and bitter finish. Other than the putrid aroma, this beer does not suck.
GT2 (8366) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Fermentation Lounge in Tallahassee, FL. Pours a muddy maroon with a nitro looking tan head. Big sheets of tan lace. Nose is moderate cheesy hops with old tootsie roll taking center stage. Taste is yeasty, bitter, chalky, loads of cocoa powder and yeast in suspension leads me to believe this is the end of the keg with a lot of sediment but also that this has improved whatever the beer was supposed to taste like, which being from Abita, was bound to be absolutely vile in all respects. The neutrality of this Abita’s presentation hints that something is off but for the better. As it warms, the nose gains straight up baby diapers, not used poopy diapers, but fresh plasticy diapers. Quite uncanny really, straight up brand new diapers. Not "gross" per se, but not the greatest aroma on a beer. Palate remains yeast laden and cocoa powder heavy.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Black/mahogony beer with a dark cream colored head. Pine and light darker malt aroma. Pine and chocolate flavor with light darker malts. Medium bodied. OK bitterness. Pine and chocolate linger with caramel.
drowland (5996) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4/22/11. On tap. Dark brown pour with a fluffy tan head that fades fast. Sour hoppy aroma with chocolate and coffee. Nice roasted coffee flavor laced with nice citrus hop character. Not bad!
AmEricanbrew (5800) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color/ tan head. Very nice pine, tropical fruit, floral, dark chocolate aromas. Light to medium body with soft co2. Dry dark chocolate malt flavors with floral, tropical fruit, pine hoppage--very good.
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at FW Gman. Pours a dark murky brown color that lightens near the edges. Light tan head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma is hoppy for sure with a fair mix of roasted chocolate. The hops smell a little old, or perhaps like the Christmas tree that still sits rotting in my living room even though my mother insists I throw it out. I mean, it’s lasted this long right? Flavor is roasted malts upfront with a touch of burnt notes as well. The hops are tasted as well and maintain the pine tree/sappy feel. Finishes a bit roasty with definite chocolate notes. Interesting but not the best in show.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black-bodied, not much carbonation with only a residual, thin ring of head. Piny, leafy, resinous bitter Chinook hoppy nose. Exquisitely sharp bitter hop flavor with ever so slight roast character. Appearances aside, this one is entirely about the hops.
joeneugs (3180) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown, almost black with a khaki head. The aroma is piney with some anise, cocoa, and hint of coffee like roast. The flavor is heavy on the chocolaty, coffee roasted malt and a good bitter piney background more like a very hoppy porter, which I like. The finish is very dry ashy and bitter. Enjoyable beer.