Leighton (8595) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the Pony Bar UES - NYC. Pours dark, clear brown with a frothy tan head. Classic black IPA nose, all burnt pine, sturdy roasted malts, some grapefruit and dark berries. Medium sweet flavor, well balanced, with some bitter earth and harred pine, dry minerals and ash, baking cocoa, ripe grapefruit, plum. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Mildly resinous on the finish with more burnt pine, chocolate, earth, ripening citrus fruits. Solid. Very drinkable.
ThreeCats (484) - ISRAEL - JUL 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big dense tan head over clear dark mahogany body. Aroma of grass and roast, some bitter chocolate. Taste of pine and earth hops giving way to roast, and coming back on back palate. Warming down the throat (more than youíd expect from 6.8%) rich in flavors, but a little hard drinking.
kerenmk (1568) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Pours black with a frothy tan head. Sweet aroma: cocoa, some cherry and alcohol, a little plastic and chocolate spread. Tastes bitter, dry, a little roasty with sweetish undertones. Full body, carbonated, chocolate finish. Rather pleasing.
zvikar (2517) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Better Beer Of The Month Club. Pours black to brown with a huge beige head, aroma of roasted malt, caramel, some hoppy tones, flavor is bitter with some roasted tones and malt, medium bodied, nice
beerandbeyond (551) - ISRAEL - MAY 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass.
Hazy dark brown with a small beige head.
Sharp piney nose, with black coffee notes, earthy hops and dark chocolate.
Roasty flavors, high bitterness, burned wood and some spice.
Med-full bodied, a bit over carbonated, some cloying sweetness. So so.
DSG (4677) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2013 Bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Black-colored, almost completely opaque, with a stable big beige to light brown head. Roasty aroma with dark chocolate, cocoa and some fruity and piney hops. Roasty bittersweet flavor with dark chocolate, coffee notes, piney and citric hops and a finish of bitter hops. Medium-bodied. Nice.
adamhorror (70) - USA - APR 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a slight off-white head which is about two-finger thick. The head didn't fizzle away quickly, it slowly dissipated. Aroma is stout-ish, roasted coffee and roasted grains and malty. Also hops come through the stout-ish scents giving off crisp fine scents of pine and grapefruit. The first taste sensation is stout flavors, roasted coffee and cocoa which completely and quickly fade to the bitterness of hops. The palate feel is slight carbonation along with a medium body, no watery mouth feel. A dark chocolate aftertaste is the forefront with hints of hops. An underlying of spice notes compliments the dark chocolate tastes.
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jdittmar (1) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great hop aroma, but not too bitter. The "black" notes are very subtle. Definitely mostly am ipa. Overall, very drinkable.
Lukaduke (1466) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep burnt umber with a big frothy mocha head that laces nicely and sticks around for the beers life... The nose is very hop forward with nice tropical fruit notes of mango, pineapple and a touch of pine. The palate follows the nose nicely with a rich roasty background that has notes of chocolate and burnt earth,
Chad9976 (1017) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve often said a beer doesnít have to be complex to be good if the flavors that are there are pleasant. Thatís the case with Adirondack Black Watch IPA - a beer thatís heavy on the hops and light on the malts, but still tastes really good.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Opaque black body with ruby red/brown highlights. Forms a big, white, frothy head which retains and laces the glass extremely well.
Smell: A perfumey bouquet of pine needles and light citrus-flavored sherbet. Sweet and inviting.
Taste: It seems like I havenít had a genuinely hoppy beer in a long time. Maybe because itís the winter and those types of beers arenít in season now. But it was nice to be reminded of just how powerful the hop can be, which is what the first swig of Adirondack Black Watch IPA did to my tongue. Strong bitterness right away in the more eastern piney/resiny/astringent style (Chinook hops tend to do that).
I notice a subtle chocolate flavor riding shotgun, though thatís about it as far as the malts go. Thereís some roasty character here, too, but itís difficult to differentiate its bitterness/flavor with that of the hops. Thereís a dank resiny character on the finish and lingering aftertaste with a quick orange citrus tartness as well. Itís actually a really flavorful palate overall, even though itís essentially the same one-two punch ad infinitum.
Drinkability: While it may not have a ton of stout characteristics as far as taste, Adirondack Black Watch IPA at least has the drinkability of one. The mouthfeel is relatively thick, but crisp with the smoothness of a pub-style stout. The hops definitely linger on the tongue making for a dry aftertaste, though itís fairly tolerable. At 6.8% ABV it has the weight and strength of a strong beer if not something even bigger.