jtclockwork (10432) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2013
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Black with tan brown head. Gusher. Nose is rancid sour milk, chlorine, roast chocolate and resin. Taste is roasted chocolate, brownie, chlorine and slight soured milk finish. Medium body. Despite the description, there’s a solid beer underneath here trying to claw its way past the off notes, but the off notes are too powerful. Would love to try again in a better batch.
nuplastikk (4953) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bomber. Brown-black body with a massive beige head. Soapy, resinous, bitter. Sort of boozy with the 9% ABV. Harshness grows sips by sip, massive sweet hoppy chocolate sugary beast, Nut unlike a big Belgian Brown Ale at times, but lacks any judicious use of specialty malts, they overwhelm any subtlety.
obguthr (4427) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
1.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Chlorine smell. Cola brown, thick tan head, good lace. Flavor is charcoal, but again with chlorine. Not good.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber shared by HopTsing and tia at the 18th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a clear amber color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of sweet honey malts, citrus hops and a slight astringent note. The taste is nuts, roasted malts, bitter hops. High carbonation, thin-medium bodied and astringent. Meh.
tia (1142) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ 18th RG. Very dark with big tan head. Smells lightly roasted plus chlorinated water and dark fruit. Light hoppy and roasted flavor. Light hop finish. The guys say this one is infected, too.
ben4321 (4540) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 5/11/12
Aroma: The nose has roasted malts, a little earth, chocolate/coffee, and a distinct bacon note
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a thick bubbly foam of beige-brown head and medium lace
Flavor: The taste is not what I expected from the nose, where the nose had a few different aromatics, the flavor is off, mostly just a biting, fairly unpleasant bitterness (particularly in the finish), with some light malt presence
Palate: The mouthfeel is overly fizzy, it is also a little watery, and really just feels very disjointed
I’d had one thing from Baying Hound previously and it was not good, but it is from my old neck of the woods (and these guys are still relatively new), so I figured I’d give them another shot. This is another one where some time might help. Somewhere in here was a good start to a beer, but it just kind of fell apart. Maybe with a little more time these guys can get better, but judging off the two beers I’ve tried thus far, I’m not too impressed.
Dorwart (2423) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Incredibly large head of fine bubbles. At least 3 inches of foam in my tulip glass and takes a long time to settle. Soft roasted and chocolaty malts in the aroma. Weak hops presence. Color is a vary dark brown. Strong roasted flavors. Much more than I would expect for a black IPA. More dark chocolate, a bit of smoked malts, weak coffee, some hops presence and bitterness. I am not really sure what this brew is supposed to be. Kind of all over the place. More like a hoppy porter.
Atom (1673) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber thanks to GT2, wow talk about over carbonated. I think half of this ended up on the table. Pours dark black/brown with overflowing tan head. Aroma is pretty muted coffee, hazelnut, chocolate, and slight hops. Taste has a sharp medicinal bitter sting. Ugh.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from the Perfect Pour, MD. Rockville, eh? Who’da known? Certainly not the most inspired of black IPAs, an ever more crowded style. Slightly dirty dark brown pour, rusty and sedimental with a moderate head. Sharp licorice and citrus nose, but the taste is a bit more chocolatey. You could call it balanced, but it actually comes across as more disjointed than anything else.
sonnycheeba (4129) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with nice tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and dark fruit. Not much hop in the nose and somewhat soapy overtones throughout. Taste is roasted malt and dark chocolate without the hops expected from a black IPA. Medium body with high acidity. Okay beer, but did seem to lack the expected hoppiness.