beerbastard (726) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its Black. The hops beat the malt out in the nose, piney. Very roasty and hoppy with an burn coffee taste. Finish with a black malt bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable.
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids. Pours clear black with a small, fizzy cream colored head, low retention and flat. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), light esters (dried fruit) with notes of plum and dates. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, toasted, nutty), average hops (floral, pine, citrus), light esters (dried fruit) with notes of plum and dates. Medium body, warmth, carbonation, and creaminess, with a dry finish.
Beaver (1341) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is roasted malts, cola and some black licorice.
The flavor is roasted malts and black licorice with a little chocolate and molasses leading to a big charred / roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.
Overall, it seems like more of a hoppy stout to me than a black IPA. Instead of fruity hops, I get the roasted bitterness.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. The nose is nicely hopped and.... malted with a crisp floral citrusy hop note and a mellow roasty chocolate/carob nose. The flavor is balanced, chewy body and a creamy mouthfeel amongst a lightly bitter and somewhat astringent flavor. Malty chocolate and roast and grapefruit/pine notes. Great Black IPA.
luttonm (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brouwerís Hopfest. Creamy black pour, tight bubbled head. Oddly fruity nose, artificial and candy. Transfers to body, huge fruity hopping. doesnít mesh with appearance. Dark malts are very hidden, very fruit-forward and not like fresh hop. tropical, citrus, mango? finsihes a touch bitter. A very odd one.
RSRIZZO (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 42į. Color is black with a little purple coming through in the light. Carbonation is good producing a small light brown head. Aroma is sweet and roasted with a nice hop note. It has a bold medium body with a sharp mouth feel. Flavor is a deep roasted almost sour malt taste, bitter/sweet chocolate, floral hops and a light bitterness. After taste is sharp with the bitterness holding on and a faint metallic taste. Overall this is a very taste brew, its a little sharper then some of the other Black IPAs Iíve had but still I havenít had one I donít like.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Big chocolate and citrus hops aroma and taste with a watery palate.
poisoneddwarf (1761) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into tumbler. The Black IPA style is relatively new, yet here we have a brewery making a double already. Fine by me! Pours almost opaque black with a litte bit of dark reddish-brown tints at the edges of the tumbler and a medium-sized beige head that leaves some creamy spotty lace. Aroma is cat-box, citrusy and floral hops, and sweet chocolate malt. It has the essence of cat-box, but itís not making me gag like real cat-boxes do. It smells good in fact. I wonder why that is. Taste is sweet and then bitter. Finishes bitter with a touch of sour. Nice roasted malt presence juxtoposes with Pac-NW hops to create a nice beer. Carbonation is medium-high, body is full; creamy mouthfeel. I like it but I donít love it.
Guyute_Pig (102) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown to black with a nice tan head. Lot of pine on the nose with citrus hops, caramel, and a hint of coffee. Taste of coffee, chocolate malt and some hop bitterness in the end. Would have liked a little more hops, but felt this was a very good beer.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(22oz. bottle). Pours almost black with tan head. Aroma of ash, hop funk, and leather. Taste is neither sour nor sweet and the bitterness is fairly mild, but pleasant. Just seems ashy with a bright hoppiness coming out at the end. Medium body with oily texture. Finish is bitter and like licking an ash tray. I love IPA/DIPAs, but I guess I just donít get this Black IPA thing. I like the lable....