pintbypint (2269) - Edmonton, Alberta, - DEC 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml brown bottle. Deep brown in colour, good sized pillowy tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma has some chocolate like sweetness, nice resiny hop aroma. Flavour of mild chocolate malts with grapefruit hop notes. Roasty notes linger along with dark chocolate and a good dose of Cascades. Medium bodied with fairly lively carbonation. Alcohol remains well hidden, drinks like a 5% brew. Quite pleased with this one, and wishing Alley Kat would keep this brew around.
reebtogi (3705) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650mL bottle poured almost black into my goblet with an abundance of beige head and wonderful lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and the hops. Taste is balanced nicely with the roasted malts and hoppy bitterness. There is also some presence of smokiness in the taste. Very similar to the robust hopped beers in the Northwestern US. Quite enjoyable.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A very roasted dark ale with timid herbal hops. Just ok
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed the same week I received it but I think this was only brewed once 4 months prior. Bottle from Presario, thanks Trevor
The look: Near black body topped by a medium beige head with low retention
In long: Timid nose of herbal hops, some roast, some old coffee. Taste is sweet dark malts, medium-high roast level, burnt brown sugar, cold coffee, some brownies, some cocoa powder, discreet herbal hops. Bitterness comes more from the roast than the hops. The relatively high roastiness level adds an acrid character to the beer that I didnít particularly enjoy. I keep changing my mind about Black IPAs, itís either I canít get enough of them or Iím sick and tired of the style. I change my mind every 3.1416 days, I think Iím pi-polar.
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colour: As stated, dark. Medum-high head that lasted forever. Nose: smoked salmon, burnt oil, hot pine wood coals, coffee grounds. Taste: Medium sweet, medium bitter, light sour. Sweet entrance the shows flashes of black liquorice and honey. Smoked hops display themselves from mid-palate to finish with the sweetness surging again late. Silky smooth mouthfeel.
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head that quickly falls to a cap. It has quite a bit of lacing and mild amount of carb.
On the nose I am getting some roasted malt,light carmel,spiciness.
The flavor has some of the same elements as the aroma. I am also getting coffee,burnt sugar.The hops though tend to be a little more dominate and not really giving the other elements a fair chance. Having said all that it does tend to be less hoppy as it warms.
It finishes with a lingering bitterness from the cascade. I guess it depends on what they were going for here. It wasnít bad but I donít think I would reach for another.
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared by TimE. Complex, original, great aroma of chocolate, raisins, caramel, earth, vanilla. Flavor of caramel, some chocolate, with light licorice accents and some wood. High carbonation makes it crisp and refreshing. Very nice and flavorful.
TimE (2779) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Fairly light bodied. Chocolate, apples, caramel, cherries in the mouth. Nose is a bit more subdued. Subtly earthiness in there. More crystal malt than I expect in this style. Decent stuff.
gramity (1217) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark red-amber brownish color with a thick tan head. The head seemed to grow forever. Retention is average and lacing was present but minimal.
The aroma is of roasted malts and coffee with some orange and grapefruit citrus notes.
Taste is initially heavy on the malts but yields to a citrusy sweetness. The flavors are very different Ė chocolate and grapefruit are noticeable Ė but very balanced. The beer is hoppier than other dark ales. The sweetness has an almost floral aspect to it.
The mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated.
Sammy (7708) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Presario. Another 15th Anniversary special. Black body with one-quarter inch of head, and is lacey. Dark roast, this is more of a blackbier with hops than a typical black IPA. A little smoke in the aroma. Chocolate malts. A meal of the roasted malts.
thb (642) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown that does let light through. Nice big bubbly head. Aromas mostly from the hops - nice big Cascade hops with grapefruit, pine, resin. Hops dominate in the mouth too, moving from a piney/resiny aroma to an assertive mouthcovering bitterness. Big alcohol is pretty well hidden but it does squeeze in and pack a punch. Nice rich mouthfeel but I wish there was more of a dry roastiness to the malt character and maybe a touch less alcohol. Nice drink though.
JoeZasada (274) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle. Pours a very dark amber with a lasting tan head. Aroma of malt, somewhat spicy. Tastes very malty, notes of caramel, toffee, some roast like coffee or chocolate. Citrus-like hop flavour, with some earthiness. A bit of a warming mouthfeel. Finishes with a sweet maltiness, some earthy hop bitterness. Pretty good. Maybe a bit malty for a black IPA but still quite good.