bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Matteoís Public in Nevada City, CA. Deep dark black, almost opaque, with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Lacing clings to the glass as you drink. Aroma is like someone took an IPA and dumped it over an oak fire. Itís herby and floral, yet smoky and malty. Flavor is similar to aroma. Definite IPA bitterness and depth, but with a roasted malt background. Malts tame this beer and make it a high IBU IPA that is easy and refreshing.
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a fizzy tsp head. Huge hoppy citrus and dark roasted grain aroma and taste with a smooth silky palate and well balanced sweet and bitter.
gsmitty80 (1680) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Big Hunt. I had higher hopes for this beer. It poured a nice dark black color and had a nice aroma of pine and spruce. Tasted smooth but there was a flavor that didnít jive with me. I donít know if it was due to dirty lines or a bad keg but something didnít seem right. Will try again when i get the chance.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16 ounce sample on tap at Woodstockís Pizza in Davis, CA. Aroma is roasted with mild sweet chocolate hints. Not much hoppiness in the nose, though. Pretty weak on the hops, with a light pineiness present. Moderately transparent dark mahogany body present with a relatively small light tan head. Decent lacing. Starts roasty, chocolatey, and a bit sweet. mostly malty with some piney hop flavors present in the end. A little burnt. This has a decent hoppiness, but the choco-roastiness outduels it. Wish this were more balanced and closer to a black IPA. This seems more like a hoppy porter.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on tap at Dublinís Sports Pub. The appearance is a deep brown black without much head. The aromas are lightly roasty and hoppy. A fairly muted nose. The flavors are the same. Very tame roasted malts and a light kiss of citrus hops. Nothing special here but decent.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Frisco Grille (Columbia, MD): Pours a mostly opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a small ring of light tan head. Has a fresh piny hop nose with a touch of lightly roasted malts. Starts with good fullness and a light malty sweetness with some crisp resiny hop flavor and the slightest hint of soapy hops before a drier finish with some light lingering roastiness. Pretty true to style and drinkable.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Federal, Durham. Very substantial pour, with a deep inky body and a lively, fluffy head. Nose smelled a bit more floral than some black IPAs, which often trend towards the sharper end of the hop spectrum, although the dry notes are certainly there to taste. Moderate stickiness in the body, carbonation understated but certainly there. Pine and bitter chocolate complement the orange zest flavors, with mild malts, some roasts, a faint hint of pepper in the finish. Really nice stuff.
IndianaRed (2041) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian, ID
Deep nearly opaque dark brown black, with a modest but dense creamy dark tan head. Lots of up front resh hop aroma that overpowers the roast. Like I think it should. Flavors are again mainly hops. Plenty bitter but lots of late hop flavor. The coffee and roast are here a bit more, but still second fiddle to the true nature of what a west coast IPA should be.
Bold bitter and hoppy but definitely "black"
GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Well I wasnít expecting much but damn this was good. The pour is clear blood ruby with a healthy, tan head that has good retention and leaves rings of tan lace. Aroma is grapefruit, Yakima valley fresh hop forward with additions of dark chocolate, vanilla, and pecan pie in the nose. Taste is dry and full: massive 90+ IBU bitterness wrecks your palate while big roast and bitter 75% cacao chocolate add nothing but more complete bitterness. As it warms and opens up, some nice vanilla ice cream comes in for sweet balance. No olive or brine character. Somehow the palate is a bit lactic, coating, and full never going dry or chalky. Probably my favorite Black IPA thus far.
Butters (3584) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at CAH downtown. Dark brown pour with chestnut highlights and fair creamy tan head. Nose is sweet fresh green piney pellet hops. flavor brings the nutty malt underpinnings. Extremely bitter lingering finish. This is a hoppy nut brown ale for sure.