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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This big beer has a beautiful malt character to accompany the intense hop profile. Plus a hint of roast character.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9729) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle split at Tony’s house, traded with one of the NJ/NY crew I think - notes fail me but cheers to whoever, 19/05/13. Very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head that clears to the edge and leaves a small film. Nose is light on hops, roasty notes, bitter chocolate, dark toffee. Taste comprises hops, pine, cocoa. Medium bodied with fine carbonation, dry finish with some hop bitterness. Decent enough CDA.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Ar: Dark raisin, some spicy resinous hops, brown sugar, soy sauce. Ap: Deep brown - small light tan head with decent retention and a thin foam ring and cover. T: Raisin and brown sugar, some orange - medium-high bitterness, with a herbal edge - fairly sweet - finish is dried fruit and citrus. P: Medium-full body with a high, very full and creamy, carbonation - finish is medium-dry. O: Perhaps this bottle had too much age on it, but it doesn’t taste like much of a black IPA - however, it comes across as a pretty tasty robust porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4989) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Sample at the brewpub on 3/29/13. Dark reddish brown in color with a thick beige head. Aroma of malt, roast and earthy hops. Malty flavor with dank hops and a big roasty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pablo951 (462) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Had it on tap at World of Beer in Evanston IL. Poured a coffee hue with a light white head and thick even lacing. The aroma is very slight and the taste is IPA smooth.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerman6686 (4608) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
This poured a medium cloudy brown with a beige head. Aroma was soapy hops and cigarette ash. Flavor was ashy and soapy. Fairly offensive to the nose and mouth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5039) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, fruit, perfume, citrus, and pine. It pours a dark brown, but when held to the light, it;s an orangish-brown with some transparency. It has a one finger khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There is some very sporadic and thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of light fruit and chocolate. The chocolate builds into the finish and the fruit is quickly dominated by orange, orange peel, floral/ perfume flavors, pine, and roast. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, the fruitiness up front and the citrus/ pine/floral hops in the finish are strong enough that this is one of the few Black IPA’s that lives up to the name...as opposed to just another hoppy Porter. With that said, on the hedonistic scale, I like some of the "hoppy Porter" versions of Black IPA’s better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2198) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours black with a thin light tan head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, with some dark chocolate like notes. Taste is citrus, roasted coffee, chocolate, and pine.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fattybladdy (603) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2013
Draft. Dark brown in appearance with a white head. Tastes of bitter pine hops, roasted malt, chocolate. Very bitter in the finish, sticks with you for awhile. Solid brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a thin head that dissipates too quickly. Aroma led by coffee, other malt notes, and a touch of hops - pretty nice. The flavor starts out with fruit notes (mostly apple), which gives rise to malts (coffee, toasted notes), and the finish is driven by citrus and pine hops. Fairly light on the palate, while still complex. Not a typical black IPA, but pretty good - it manages to avoid being out of balance, which seems to be such a common black IPA pitfall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Backlogged rating: Black with frothy head. The aroma has notes of resin, grassy and catty hops. Charred and roasted malts with some yeasty esters. The taste has sharp hop profile, acidic with some cat urine and medicinal notes. Espresso coffee notes as well. Moderately carbonated with chalky and ashy finish. A solid offering.


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