Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Courtesy of Secret Santa December 2010
Bottle: The aroma has lots of chocolate and caramel along with some very faint pine. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights around the outer edges of the glass and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. The finish has light smoke and pine. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty tasty, but nothing really IIPA-ish about it...more like a hoppy porter.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate and roasted nose, just a touch of piney hops. The taste is rather sweet, lots of chocolate, some roast and coffee, some dark fruit, and a bit of citrus, but itís light. Thereís a solid bitterness, but overall this isnít much of an IPA.
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly opaque black with hues of burgundy when held up to the light. A poofy tan head with very nice lace. Smell is rich of pine, with hints of metal, roast and cocoa nibs. Taste extremely roasty and chocolately up front with pine and spruce coming through at the mid, and finishing with more chocolate. Definitely less like an IBA and more into the stout/porter realm. Finishes surprisingly clean with a tiny bit of roast and malt linger.
marcus (7237) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours black with a rich tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a dark chocolate flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish. Itís an interesting combination of tastes.
mnurda (1180) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample. Might be one of the finer beers innate ever tried. Reminds me of half pints black ipa
blipp (6671) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Paulís Thanksgiving tasting. Pours near black with an off white head. The aroma has grassy floral hops with light roasty notes. The flavor has a medium roast and a light sweetness, with floral and lightly citric hops. Nice.
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle and served in Bells snifter: Pours a deep brown with ruby and amber highlights topped by a frothy beige head, good lace. The aroma has notes of grassy, herbal and resin hops along with debittered black, roasted, toasted and a hint of wheat husks malting. Some anise, tobacco, leather, tar, bakers chocolate, coffee and walnuts too. The taste is nicely balanced between layers of dark malts and classic hops but there is a hint of pine and citrus too. Undertones of licorice, molasses, plums, mango, McCafe Mocha coffee drink, and smoke. The mouth feel is lively and aggressive, utterly dangerously drinkable at 8.5 ABV with very little of the ashy or chalky tones found in many Black IPAs. This is well put together and worthy of a try for anybody digging the new frontier of craft brews.
wedgie9 (2502) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 12/16/10, from a bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil. Pours nearly black brown with an average tan head that leaves a nice lace collar. The nose is very dark roasted malt with a hint of sweetness and lightly bitter hops. The flavor is similar with molasses, dark malt, and resin hops bitterness takes over. The body is medium with average carbonation abs a long roasted and bitter finish.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber my mom brought back from her trip to Alaska. Pours a nearly pitch black body and topped by a nice, smooth mocha colored head of foam that shows good retention and leaves patches of lace behind. The aroma is very hop forward with tons of pine, grassy, and earthy hop bitterness. There is a good amount of roasted barley as well that hints at coffee and dark cocoa. The flavor follows the same line with plenty of roasted coffee and barley malt to go with the earthy and pine resin hop bitterness. Dark chocolate and burnt caramel lend some balancing sweetness. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation with a smooth and creamy feel on the palate. The finish is lengthy and dry with bitter chocolate lingering around. This is a really tasty black ipa. Solid beer from these guys.
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a moderate tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, citrus, and grass. Flavor of anise, chocolate, coconut, roasted malt, grass, caramel, and citrus.