AWISLguy (1827) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Woodmans. Pours very dark brown with faint reddish tints, and a foamy chocolate milk head leaving great lacing. Aroma has grassy hops and chocolate. Very nice! Taste brings chocolate nibs, pine, some citrusy flavor and a bit of caramel malt back. Finishes sweetly chocolatey with a twist of grapefruit. A bit short. Really nice balance and flavors. Not too thick or strong, or it would be a terrific porter. Impressive.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a dark brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is pine and floral hops with some roasted malt in the background. Flavor is much of the same with the addition of some chocolate in there. The finish is the same as the front end. Hops and malt. Medium to full body. A very good beer.
nuplastikk (5090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Brown-black amber. Thin beige head. Quite reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Stout in some respects, this is a really solid, well executed beer. Its more on the roasty chocolate side of the spectrum, lots of hop character still, but doesn’t really have that minty bitterness or syrupy that screams Black IPA...which makes it a little more sessionable. Still a really good beer.
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from the store. Big frothy head sitting on top of a nearly black body. Looks pretty good to me. Pine and citrus hops dominate. Subtle chocolate in there, but it’s VERY subtle. Lots of chocolate out first, but the chocolate flavor is nearly drowned out by the sharp citrus hop flavor, that leaves a caustic bitterness on the taste buds. Long, drawn out subtle ashy taste isn’t that bad. The texture is crap, and this beer is way to slick, and watery for my liking. Chocolate notes are interesting, but not enough to save ’er.
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark bwoen with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and hints of earthy hops. Flavor is roasted malt, caramel, and earhty hops with hints of coffee and citrus. Medium body with medium carbonation. Decent though not terribly impressive.
natejgood (428) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark brown with a relatively small head. Aroma of piny hops and citrus. Dark malts with hints of sweetness and just a bit of a hoppy kick. A little thin for this style of beer, in my opinion.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours to a deep ruby brown body with a nice super creamy tan head. Aroma is super sprucy with some noticeable chocolate malt and brownies. Flavor is chocolate malt and crisp clean spruce hops. Pretty balanced. Or, it’s possible that the hops are citrusy, but when mixed with the malt, it comes off differently. Palate is hoppy but balanced with light bitter malt and a creamy texture. This was great.
portableparty (2104) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours dark brown with a nice foamy soapy khaki head that slowly fades to a foamy film and sticky lacing. Aroma citrus grapefruit hops and malted chocolate. Taste is bitter hops that show some citrus and grapefruit with a roasted chocolate malt. Palate is medium and chalky dry. Very easy drinking black IPA.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Aroma has some nice citrus to it as well as a lot of dark malts. I’m getting over a cold, so I may be crazy, but I was picking up a bit more malt flavor then some other black IPAs. Mostly chocolate malts, but some caramel as well. A medium bitterness on the end. Pretty solid though. Wouldn’t expect any less from Alaskan though. Pretty drinkable beer.
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a dark copper brown colored brew with a decent sized light beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of Cascade/citrus zest, a hint of toasted chocolate malt and some light caramel. Taste is medium bodied, more toasted dark malt and Bakers chocolate flavors with a heavy citrus flavor. Finish is semi-dry, dry weedy hop bitterness with some toasted chocolate malt aftertaste.