Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at obriens. Black pour with tan head. Taste is big fuzzy malt to hops to barley wine sweet alcohol. Gooey back. Roasty to caramel. Good not great.
Zymurgeist2 (1261) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle to tulip. Slight roast and perfume hop. Black with tan head. Taste is cocoa and slight citrus. Chalky aspects. A little milk as it warmed.
mnurda (1188) - 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
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium roasted malt body. Slight chocolate character with light fruity sweetness. Some subdued peppery notes upfront. Some sharp citrus that is attenuated by the bitterness.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 The pour is a nearly opaque black with a moderately full, tan, rocky, dense layer of foam which is mostly lasting and does leave lots of thick lace. The nose is nice but plagued by some imperfections; lactic notes and cardboard hide what seems like it could be an interesting beer. Notes of spicy hops, chocolate, and some resins found underneath the imperfections. The flavor is less plagued but still not what it could be; light Colombia roast coffee, spicy resins, some grapefruit notes, dark chocolate, and dark bread crust. The palate is thin, medium, watery, and lively. The finish is drying, bitter, resinous, bread crust, and some bakers’ chocolate. This is the second beer I have tried and this one still seems to be oxidized or infected somehow with the cardboard and lactic notes. However, the beer seems to be decent attempt at the style. I usually like this breweries small batch beers but this one missed mostly due to the imperfections.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the better Black IPAs, now that the style has gone mainstream. Flavor of wood, a little smoke, hops (grassy and dank) and chocolate. Finishes dry. Pretty good stuff!
juiceisloose (1063) - 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.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at stone bistro a couple months back. pours a true black with a huge, creamy, khaki head with sticky rings of lace. aroma is very nice with fresh cut pine, distinct cascade hops, grapefruit, and roasted malts with hints of cocoa powder and light coffee. flavor is delicious with a very nice blend of orange and lemon citrus hop notes with roasted malts, chocolate crusts, coffee, and bitter grass on the back end. palate is medium bodied with creamy carbonation and solid bitterness. overall, a very tast black ipa.
hapjydeuce (972) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at OBriens, backlogged rating. Sweet malt throughout, with much more roasted coffee overtaking the bitterness, unlike most other black IPAs. Subdued bitterness on the back end; mild hops bite.
daleharshman (970) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Stone Bistro. Pours a dark cola brown hue with fluffy khaki head. Aroma is on the weak side but has some hop notes present (pine) and also dark roasted malts. The flavor has notable dark bitter chocolate up front. Then it moves into notes of thick sticky hoppiness with some pine and citrus. There’s bittereness here and it’s hard to know if it’s coming from the dark roasted malts or the hops (or both). The creamy mouthfeel is more reminiscent of a stout. And there is more of that confusing bitterness in the finish along with more bittersweet chocolate and some black coffee. This is more like a hoppy stout or porter than what I think of as a black IPA. This is decent, but there are better examples of this blended style. (51, 413)