jgb9348 (4636) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a cola coloured glow near the bottom, and a nice one centimetre tall lighter brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, milk, nuts, caramel and perhaps a tiny bit of hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt flavour with toffee and nuts very strongly flavoured, some lighter hop notes with citrus and perfume coming through and a pungent alcohol and toffee sweetness at the end. Aftertaste shows a little hop note, a lot of sugars, but mostly a roasted malt flavour with a bit of lactic notes and a lot of earth. Overall, a decent Black IPA, but I was hoping for much more hops and a bit of a more robust and complex flavour. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 30-December-2012 for US$9.59/4 pack, sampled at home in Washington on 28-January-2013.
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle-trade with jtclockwork-rich lt brown-black with red tint. A-roasty dk malt, pine. T-anise/roasty dk malt, pine/resin hops with some bite.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a thin brown crown and minor lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, peaty notes, coffee, caramel, light smoke and faint citrus. Taste of chocolate, citrus, peat and soy sauce with a mild bitter finish.
jtclockwork (7905) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose/taste of resin, pine, cocoa, chocolate malt and dank citrus. A bit chalky. Medium body. Finishes with lots of pine/resin.
kaser (2504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour from the bottle. Spicy oily smell. Vanilla notes, hoppy and creamy. More like a stout than IPA. But good shit
GMurani (11) - - DEC 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a solid black with a thin head. Aroma is full of that of hops which is to be expected for an ipa. Hops are in the forefront in taste as well, but not overly bitter. I'm not too experienced in double ipas but this went down very nice.
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wxman (1389) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nearly opaque, clear dark cola color. Rather thick robust pale tan head with good retension. Aroma of sweet pink grapefruit. Taste is roasted malt, sweet burnt caramel, espresso and moderate bitterness. Very well balanced and smooth in texture. Some alcohol warmth evident after the swallow.
Tonkun (758) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Back (but not pitch black) pour with a nice half and inch head. Coffee and licorice initially with citrus, spice, grass and floral aroma. Well balanced and not overwhelming but complex yet easy to approach. Very nice
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pleasant surprise! The aroma is well balanced. You can tell that the hops are there in force but the milk chocolate and coffee in the nose keep you grounded. Likewise, the flavor is quite well balanced and extremely complex for an IPA. Much controversy over Black IPAs, but this one does it right.
strongpieman (1459) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Roasted malt aroma with some hops. Smooth and rich, good combination of styles.