CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A poor abandoned bottle excavated from the cooler at work & given to me by a bartender who must have been sick of looking at it or something.
Bartender: "Have you had this"
Bartender: "well if you want to try it, take it home... itís just been sitting in the cooler"
Pours a dark brown with a nice thick head and plenty of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is hop forward, fruity, & pleasant. The aroma suffers mildly from that "Guinea Pig Pellet" aroma that many beers of this style canít seem to shake off... but itís mild here. The roastiness is only mildly apparent in the nose.
The flavor is again mild on roastiness, but big on hops. There is plenty of pleasant citrus and fruit forward hops here with some piney notes as well. I think blindfolded this one would be a dead ringer for a black IPA, which is fine, but I normally like the ones that I wouldnít be able to tell a little better. While the roastiness is mild, it does lend to some of the bitterness & there is most defiantly a black licorice note to this one. The beer is largely dry and while it clams to be fairly malty itís really not an especially malt focused example of Black IPA (thankfully)
Overall itís pretty damn fine though... I donít think this could have been left in the cooler for very long, it tastes pretty fresh.
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Doofgoblin for this one (never imagined Iíd write those words.) It is really black. Nice belgian lace left by the tan head. Iím not getting as much hop aroma as Iíd like. But, there are some pleasing smells- a fruity kind of chocolate note. The hops play nicely with the dark malt flavors and then combine for an assertively dry finish. I could drink this every day.
crossovert (11204) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this side by side with Sierra Nevadaís and this one just felt like a black ale, nothing more.
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown with a large, off-white lacing head. Aromas of chocolate coupled with grassy hop notes. Slight sweetness balanced by hops. Coffee finish. A bit thin on the palate.
mar (5240) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a cream head. Nose is roasted malts, fruity hops, light bitterness. Very smooth on the palate, hops up front, followed by roasted malts, light coffee finish.
superspak (4584) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/4/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, char, light coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, lemon zest, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt notes; solid strength and very pleasant. Taste of dark chocolate, char, light coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, floral, lemon zest, grass, and floral earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, char, citrus zest, floral, pine, and grass on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, sticky, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice black IPA. Nice complexity and good balance of hop/malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4468) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 bottle from Rakuten. It pours a dark brown/black with a light thin tan head. The aroma is floral & citrusy. Wow, very nice! Floral hop at first, a mid mouth malt caramel/chocolate notes and ending on a clean crisp hop bitterness. The second well made Black IPA I found after Mikkellerís Sort Gul. Really interesting to see them meld the styles so well, impressive.
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours blackish brown with a creamy white head that fades to a ring with nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and piney hops. Taste is roasted malt, floral hops, and grapefruit. Lively carbonation and a long bitter finish.
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black off tap. Hoppy and oaky aroma. Great hoppy taste with finish of smooth oak taste.
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wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 fl oz / 355mL bottle into a tasting glass.
Aroma: Strong bitter hops dominate, and are backed up by roasted malts.
Appearance: Opaque dark brown with a dark tan head.
Taste: LOTS of hops. The hops almost cover up those nice roasted malts. The hops do cover up the other flavors in this one; you have to dig to get to them.
Palate: very full bodied. long, long finish.
Overall: Very good! I donít know if itís that I couldnít pick up on the more subtle flavors, or if there werenít any. Either way, the hop/malt combination in this one is outstanding.