Plovmand (7811) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown body with a creamy tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, citrus, light chocolate and pine. The flavour is pine, hard roasted malt, caramel, citrus and some coffee. Creamy texture. Bitter hoppy finish. Nice.
after4ever (7539) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours nearly jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that really sticks around. Through a window, you could be forgiven for mistaking this for a stout. Breathing the same air, though, there’s no possibility for confusion. Smells like the most roasty delicious hop-forward IPA you’ve had in, well, days. They make a lot of these now, and, while this one keeps up with the pack, I won’t see it’s the class of the bunch. It’s "merely" very good. Nice big oily acidic pine and grapefruit nose. Shows a little boozy twang before it breathes for a while. Big creamy body, very satisfying right from the first sip. Roasty, toasty, caramelly, piney, grapefruity. Really a delicious beer. Long roasty bitter pine resin finish. Coherently integrated and still very bold and forward. Good stuff and worth revisiting.
Ernest (7284) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (not opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, dark chocolate), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Unpleasantly sour in the mouth, and pretty one-dimensional aromatically. Bucket loads of raw/green hops and some charred grains is about it. Nice appearance and good mouthfeel are its strongest points. A clumsy rendition, but ok.
onceblind (7053) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out pitch black with a light chocolate milk-brown head, very thick, much like a stout. And the aroma is super enticing. Deep green grassy hops, with just a hint of cocoa and molasses. Taste is out of the ordinary indeed, as this is my first Black IPA and I didn’t know what to expect. Massively hopped, yet not too bitter. Odd. The molasses from the nose comes back, with a certain nuttiness and smoked toffee. Same bitterness as a harsh porter, but with a greater hop profile. Odd, yet delicious! I can see myself liking this style. Supremely balanced with enough of a malt backbone to combat the hop onslaught, and easily drinkable. Velvety and smooth texture. Just a good beer. The only downside is that the finish has a certain sour quality about it.
Sledutah (6973) - Utah, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle thanks to Sparky
Appearance: Dark brown with a big foamy beige head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and pine resin
Taste: Full mouthfeel of dark roasted malts, coffee with a bitter finish
A very nice Black IPA, enjoyable and easy drinking
JaBier (6878) - 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.
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear ruby black color/ viscous tan head. Nice dusty black malt, caramel, chocolate, pine sap aromas. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Very good mesh of dry black malts, sweet caramel, pine sap, tropical fruit flavors. Enjoyed the draft version a little more than the bottled.
Earlier Rating: 1/29/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Draft@ The 2009 Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine fest. Dark brown with a tan head. Nice piney and floral hop aroma with roasty malts. Smooth medium body. Strong floral and pine hop flavors riding a caramel sweet and roasty malt base brew. Great mix of caramel, roast and hop flavors here. Alaskan needs to bottle this !
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep deep brown, ruby highlights, moderate to large frothy beige head, fairly nice lacing.
Hoppy nose, slight roasted malts, carob, campfire, charred wood, and miniscule cow pasture.   Semi-sweet citrusy
hopiness, a little citrus rind, some astringency, touch of roasted malts.   For its color its not as roasty/burnt
as I would have thought.   Remains with the citrus rind towards the backside.   Body and mouthfeel are
moderate.   The 8.5% ABV is well hidden.   As this warms I get more lactose like cow pasture.   Body and
mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Remains citrusy, with a mild sweetness towards the finish.   Certainly more
towards a regular IPA than a Double IPA, and certainly not as "Black" as others.   Otherwise, not bad, clean, but
perhaps a simple Black IPA would be more appropriate.
BBB63 (6557) - 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.
Pailhead (6385) - 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.