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.
malrubius (1865) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Catching up on old notes. I brought this to Paulís tasting. Black with nice dense head. Mild toasted coffee with green fresh hop aroma. Coffee cocoa fresh green hops mild green hop flavored finish. Nice efferevescence. Very fresh. Very good even though Iím not a big fan of the style.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2010 On draft at OíBriens. Arrived black, opaque and thick, with a small beige head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is resplendant with dark roasty malts, fudge, earth and bold hops. Rich chewy flavors of chocolate, anise and heavy roast, are subdued by prominent resiny, west coast hops. Medium to full body and slightly prickly carbonation.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer rocks. Pours very dark blackish with a good head and a silky canopy that lingers. Smells of fresh ground espresso beans with a touch of malty sweetness. Full and rich on the palate with excellent carbonation. This brew exhibits staggering hop essence that mingles with a dark roast component like a pimp dressed up as santa clause at a sorority sleepover. A mild touch of sweetness help to balance this beast. The finish goes on and on. Fantastic!
poisoneddwarf (1767) - 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.
Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
The nose is subtle with malt sweetness being the most prominent aroma. Pours a thick brownish-black with a non-lasting tan head and minimal lacing. The tastes is roasted malts, chocolate, hints of lactos and pine. Pine and wood are noted in the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, good and quite drinkable, but I liked 5 Stone Firefly better - more robust flavors.
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.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber that leems shared with me in his beer basement in Portlandia. Poured a super dark brown with an inch and a half of cocoa foam. Smells of roast, chocolate, caramel, a little orange rind perhaps. Not a lot of hoppiness in the smell. Flavor was also much bigger on roasted malts than any sort of hop flavor, with a little chocolate and caramel in there as well as the hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Not at all what I expected, but I still enjoyed this brew.
keanex (1505) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by April 5, 2015.
Glass: Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Deep clear garnet through edges and opaque through the center with a tall and dense tan head persistent over the body.
Aroma: The aroma is prominent of hops, grassy, grapefruit and piney with a dash of caramel backing.
Taste: Moderately bitter with spicy and piney hops, the bitterness is clean and lingering. Just a hint of malts, slightly roasty and slight caramel. If I had my eyes closed Iíd be hard pressed to guess this was a black IPA.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: Solid black IPA, though I feel it leans more towards a West-Coast IPA with a dash of roasted malt. Not bad at all, but not in the same tier as Wookey Jack.
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.