Theis (14305) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Bishops Arms, Copenhagen. Pitch black - offwhite head. Nice bitterness. Fruity. Licorice. Ok hoppy. Fruity. Chocolate. Oiley. Light peppery.
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark dark red with nice clarity and a strong tan head. Aroma is ashy smoky chocolate and green hops. Taste is smoke, chocolate, pine, some citrus on finish. Body is medium, medium carbonation, dry piney smoky finish. Overall, good black IPA and definetly the smokiest incarnation of the style I’ve had.
jcr (2310) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Black body with a tan head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of roast, caramel, resin, pine with hints of coffee and pine. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Most of the aromas and tastes are understated which is fine with me. Strong roast combined with strong citrusy hops don’t work for me. The balance here is good. Nice lingering bitterness.
drfabulous (4699) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at brewpub. Not an overpowering black IPA like some. Not getting that heavy simcoe. Instead, chocolate and roast flavors that make it very drinkable.
ContemplateBeer (1716) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of butterscotch (Again! Perhaps the yeast strain?), chocolate and caramel malts; resiny/pine hops. Appearance is black with light mocha head. Flavor matches the nose overall; the finish is roasty with some resin. Palate is bubbly and fizzy. Pretty good Black IPA.
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Light chocolate malt and lemon peel/pine aroma. Medium brown color with moderate tan head. Light chocolate malt and strong bitter pine hops flavor. Medium body. Very nice.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brought to me sporting a chunky tan chef’s cap atop a deep black body. Nose is chocolates, coffee, wette breads, citrus, fruits, peaches, and mild pines. Flavor is toasted breads, citrus and fruity and sweet malts. Creamy and medium bodied. Sweet at first and dry bitter finish. lasting bitterness.