Livid (49) - - JAN 22, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Pours black, faint ruby light peeks through my pint glass. One finger of tan head, slight lacing. Resinous, hoppy aroma - pine and citrus, with maybe a faint hint of roasted malt, but that may just be in my head. Thin mouthfeel, strong citrusy hop flavor. Faint roasted malty notes, but the hops really overpower. This tastes like a plain IPA that happens to be black - I’d really like to taste a little more of the "black" flavors to balance the bitterness and really represent the style.
OldGrowth (2936) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at Humpy’s Alaskan ale house. Ok aroma, sweet roasty. Dark.malt, sweet citrusy mix. Blackish brown color. Ok head, better lace. Bittersweet flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bitterdry finish. Little sweet. Ok, weak in it style.
bookman10 (747) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, brownish-black with a good, mid-sized head that is pretty firm. Floral, hoppy aroma. Flavor of roasted malt with strong hop presence in the background. Some coffee and chocolate, as well as some citrus, with a rather bitter finish to the whole.
johnsonevan11 (2) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kind of a bitter chocolate or coffee taste. Not as strong as I would like, but tastes great.
SDalkoholic (2248) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo: Created a thick fluffy head that looked like beaten egg whites where as the liquid was a dark opaque brown. The aroma was mild and tended to have more roast malts than hops but that’s fine with me so long as it tastes good. However, the drink comes up short with only a subtle touch of roasty malts that don’t suggest much other than a cold decaf coffee flavor. The same results occur with the hops, they come up empty and are no where to be found. Overall this is a tame and boring black IPA.
Travlr (16441) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Almost black color, beige head. Aroma of pine, light coffee, cocoa. Taste is similar. Nice mouthfeel.
thetmaxx (810) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the bottle. Aroma was great, citrus hops, and roasted malt. Flavor also reflects the aroma. Wow, one solid black ipa! good lacing, thin tan head.
JK (5049) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Republic bar. Black color. Mild aroma of hops and roasted grain. Flavor is mild hops also, as well as roasted malt with oatmeal. Very smooth palate, but I would like more intense flavor.
nearbeer (4240) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Opaque with a small lasting head. Nose is chocolate, caramel and coffee. Taste is the same, with some orange and light resin. Light-medium body has medium carbonation and is well-balanced.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2012 Bottle... Poured Near black with reddish highlights and a beige head. Nice lacing and retention. Some dense malt flavors. Sweet and fruit esters. Leafy, earthy hop spices. Light body, thin carbonation. Floral, grapefruit hops. Little drying towards the finish. Malty flavors came back in too offering some ask-like roast. Good hoppy flavor with a low bitterness.