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.
beerbill (3333) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle purchased online at Northwest Liquid Gold and shared with my wife. Pours just about black with a moderate luscious brown head that lasted through three-quarters of the glass and left extensive lace. The aroma is wonderful with a combination of malt, molasses and pine that is just excellent. The flavor is malt with a bit less molasses than the aroma, pine and fruity grapefruit. Moderate bitterness at the finish is not overdone and compliments the lingering malt flavor nicely. This is a delicious Black IPA, and man do I wish I bought more than one bottle!
DYCSoccer17 (3302) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 ounce bottle from Nugget in Woodland, CA. Aroma is weird with lots of bubblegum. Lots of floral notes as well. Not much in the way of aggressive hop aromas. Slight roastiness. All in all, the aroma on this has way too much perfume and bubblegum. What the fuck? Mostly transparent dark mahogany body with a pretty frothy, rocky off-white head. Starts a little roasty, before this becomes a little chocolatey in the middle. Finishes with some scant metallic hints and a bit of chocolate/ashy/piney bitterness. This is basically an imperial porter. This Black IPA fad needs to die.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark woody brown shade of black with a spotty head.
aroma and flavor are similar... grapefruit, pine and dirty spicy hops out in front of roast, brown sugar, chocolate, cream and sweaty earth.
it is full bodied, slick and creamy but still prickly and easy to put away. 7/4/7/4/16
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.
joeneugs (3119) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Celebrator 23rd Anniversary party 2011. It pours dark brown with an orange/tan head. The aroma is citrusy, toffee and a bit of cocoa. The flavor is roasted and bitter with some caramel, coffee and roasted malt.
Snojerk321 (2980) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ K&B Wine Cellars. Pours a deep coffee brown with a Creamy beige head. Mostly roasted malts on the nose, very faint hop presence. Seemed more like an Imperial Porter, still tasty tho.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rating 102. Super dark red/black pour with a brown head with some moderate lacing. Light roast with a nice piney hop aroma. Nice balanced flavor, light sweetness, coffee roastiness and a little hop bite, good stuff. (1585)
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The blackest of black IPAís Iíve seen...almost stout-like in appearance with a dark mahogany body and a creamy eggshell head. Aroma is bright with lemongrass, grapefruit, pine, and a small dose of roasted malt. This beer is extremely hoppy...flavor shows lots of resin with douglas fir, spruce, and ponderosa all with an opportunity find the tongue. Tons of citrus as well. Again, the malt takes a back seat. Nice bitter finish.
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish black. Nice hoppy nose, peppery with plenty of grapefruit. Similar flavor hop profile with a solid bitter finish rounded out with hints of chocolate and roast. Nice.