jsquire (3232) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with only hints of mahogany around the edges. Foamy beige head that left lots of sticky lace. Puffed wheat and roasted grain nose. Rich roasted grains chocolate, puffed wheat, popped corn, and hop resin. Really fluffy mouthfeel.
Earlier Rating: 2/1/2009 Total Score: 3.7
Sampled at the í09 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Very dark brown beer with a creamy brown head. Big grassy nose with some roasted grains and burnt toast. Lots of hops in here with candied grapefruit rinds, apricot and resin. Hot hop burn on the tongue. Balanced by roast grains and some bitter coffee, with a long burnt finish.
beerbill (3200) - 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!
onceblind (3194) - 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.
ryan (3187) - 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.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - 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.
Snojerk321 (2975) - 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)
joeneugs (2626) - 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.
BOLTZ7555 (2603) - 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 (2474) - 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.