jsquire (4040) - 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.
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, 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.
luttonm (3976) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brouwerís Hopfest. Creamy black pour, tight bubbled head. Oddly fruity nose, artificial and candy. Transfers to body, huge fruity hopping. doesnít mesh with appearance. Dark malts are very hidden, very fruit-forward and not like fresh hop. tropical, citrus, mango? finsihes a touch bitter. A very odd one.
beerbill (3599) - 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 (3583) - 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.
Aubrey (3508) - 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.
IndianaRed (3431) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Front Door in Boise ID. Black, duh. with a thin dense an head. Subdued hop aroma for an IPA. Rich sweet and itís of candy licorice and spices. Modest hop flavors would be a generous appraisal. Soft smooth feel and soft carbonation A strange but pleasent black beer.
tmoreau (3423) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, a light tan layer of head froth, with a combination of foamy & leggy spots on the glass. The nose was roasted, with a hint of mint chocolate chip? Medium to full in body, the taste added some complementary alcohol presence, and a roasted, almost charred, and earthy bitterness that continued itís astringency into the finish. Tasty balance of dark roast and hop.
Bulk_Carrier (3358) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stamped in white at bottom right corner, says "040515", itís a best by stamp, no worries.
This was poured into a snifter because itís considered an imperial black ale.
The appearance was a pure black color with a soft off white to tan filmy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing clung and slid adequately. The smell started off extremely piney and sharp in a bitter citrus department. As it warmed, a light sweet bitter and somewhat dark chocolate malt entered in lightly.
The taste was bittersweet - tried and true - all the way, nice sweet to bitter dark chocolate over top of a combined pine/citrus. Nice sweet and bitter chocolate to citrus aftertaste leading to a semi-dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was actually somewhat subdued, somewhat smooth.
Overall, honestly, this was a pretty good black ipa. Iíd definitely have it again.
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.