alexsdad06 (4361) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours very dark brown with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is roasted malt, herbal, citrus and some resiny character. The flavor blends the roasted malts and the hops nicely. Resin and citrus hops are the most noticeable. Additional hints of dark chocolate and herbal hops are there. Medium bodied and overall a pretty nice beer.
nuplastikk (4091) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared at DC tasting 5/11. Amber-brown-black. Brown sugar, burnt toffee aroma. Smooth malt tones. Captures the essence of the style quite well, with lots of burnt chocolate bitterness. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Would like to sit down and drink a whole bottle of this.
Sledutah (4071) - 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
JohnnyJ (4045) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at PP Carlsbad. Dark brown pour. Mostly roasty dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, sweet malt, and finish with biting bitter piney hops. I liked it but the flavors clash harshly, not the best black IPA out there.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured pitch black with a khaki head. Floral, citrus, piney, resinous hops on the nose. Tasted much like the hop aroma, with a huge malt, roast, and stout-like depth. This seemed to have a lot more roast than other CDAs/BIPAs/TBAs/IBAs iíve had and also imparted some coffee tones. The hops floored a mild alcohol bitterness which was all balanced by a citrus tanginess and sweetness.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks baker! Black with a small amounts of tan lace. Nose is resinous hops, lots of sweet, rich chocolate, faint lemon and citrus. Flavor is rather bland-some bitterness, some caramel and cocoa sweetness, light roast. Smells and drinks more like a light dry stout. Black IPA is a very difficult style to do extremely well, at least for my tastes.
emacgee (3797) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a viscous dark black with one finger of creamy tan head. Rich nose with lots of chocolate and coffee notes and heavy malt sweetness over some citrusy notes. Rich and chocolaty with piny notes and some coffee bitterness. Definitely some caramelly notes. Full bodied with a low carbonation and piny bitterness.
onceblind (3575) - 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 didnít 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.
Aubrey (3414) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer. Foamy, light-tan head over an inky blackness -- deep brown under good lighting. Has an enticingly sweet, whiskey-like nose. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich and velvety. Loads of dark chocolate flavors complemented by hoppy notes of citrus and pine. Dry finish has the perfect amount of scorched bitterness to round out the sweetness. Warming and cozy alcohol lingers nicely. Loved it.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 Bomber, best by 01/2011 and consumed 10/2010. At armís length, the body is pitch black, but a closer look reveals a slight mahogany translucency at the edge. A moderately sized, smooth, mocha tinted head lasts a good long while, as hard, squared off arches of lacing cling to the glass. The nose is aggressively hopped, showing loads of pine and a general resinous earthiness. Malt roast is just as prominent, giving notes of espresso beans, toasted barley, and some dark cocoa. The scent is very much in the Cascadian dark ale mold, almost stout-like in itís base, with an avalanche of wintery conifer hop resins. I did, however, get a slight tinge of plastic, reminiscent of that which I got out of the Alaskan Baltic Porter a while back. Flavors are largely in the same mold, seemingly equally bitter from the sticky pine and the biting, roasty espresso. Bakerís chocolate plays a big role, especially on the finish, while burnt caramel lends just a bit of needed sweetness. The palate is very smooth and creamy, showing ample natural substance, fine carbonation, and a drying finish. Bitter chocolate lingers for ages after the swallow. This is quite a tasty brew. I like the dryness a good bit. This is one of the "stoutier" CDAís that Iíve had, and itís good. The slight plastic in the nose is a minor flaw.