Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown that settles black in the glass with a large brown head. Aroma is roast, dark malts, hops, chocolate, soy, spices. Flavor is bitter hops, lots of roast, chocolate, cacao nibs, a good touch of alcohol burn. Nice big hoppy mean Double Black IPA.
PhillyBeer2112 (2534) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish black. Nice hoppy nose, peppery with plenty of grapefruit. Similar flavor hop profile with a solid bitter finish rounded out with hints of chocolate and roast. Nice.
JaBier (4983) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Oskar Blues. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of grainy malt, roast and earthy hop. Bread flavor with roast, some earthy and grassy hops and a coffee finish.
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good roast malt aroma with some caramel and a bit of cocoa and hints of resin and botanicals from hops. Dark brown with the slightest ruby fringe, thick persistent tan head, fairly clear. Mostly medium malt sweetness on attack with a subtle hop bitterness that builds to a nice crescendo and gently wanes back into a nice long and lingering balanced finish. Medium body with a creamy texture, lively carbonation. A really nice hop delight that I would seek out again. Good thing thereís a back up in my fridge! Might need to expand style category to include Black Imperial IPA!
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brouwerís Hopfest 2010. Hops, dark roasted malts, and... fuirt? Yep. Tropical, almost artificial fruit - like someone squeezed a gusher into a perfect black IPA. Or some barleywine. It overpowers the hops - I was expecting more from this. Pretty pour, though.
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma is a combination of sweet caramel, bitter chocolate, and an overall presence of some earthy, slightly herbal hops and light pine. Flavor shows the same with a well structure malt backbone being soaked in chewy, sticky hops. Overall body is moderate, and finishes with moderate to heavy bitterness.
3fourths (8203) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
fresh bottle. nose is soft mixture of cocoa-accented dark fruit syrup, bitter dark chocolate and mild to medium herbal spice (dried hop leaves, grass, spring spice cabinet) - all with subdued strength. texture is at first chewy with medium to full body, then turns dry, pungent and bitter, with a spiced herbal hop flavoring tingling the tongue for minutes afterward. light cocoa butter and grapefruit rind in the finish, but it turns somewhat thin/watery as well. still, not a bad version, and it seems to be a medium-strength stout hopped up to IPA levels.
deadvirgo (1) - USA - SEP 10, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This is unfortunately my new favorite beer. Itís unfortunate because itís Limited Edition, and because itís pretty expensive. Iíve always been a fan of Alaskan Brewing Co., and I havenít always been a fan of Imperial IPAs, but this beer is a perfect example of this styleís highest potential. I imagine it would go great with red meat.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The blackest of black IPAís Iíve seen...almost stout-like in appearance with a dark mahogany body and a creamy eggshell head. Aroma is bright with lemongrass, grapefruit, pine, and a small dose of roasted malt. This beer is extremely hoppy...flavor shows lots of resin with douglas fir, spruce, and ponderosa all with an opportunity find the tongue. Tons of citrus as well. Again, the malt takes a back seat. Nice bitter finish.
daknole (9401) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From Boltz75555! Pours almost black with a cream colored head. Aroma has some earthy hops, lightly toasted malt, and some chocolate/caramel notes. Flavor is a subperb balance of hops and full malts, creamy, lightly sweet, finishes bitter and is a very well rounded beer.