Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
A pretty ordinary and uninspiring example, but ok. Very simple aroma with just the basics for the style. Decent enough balance, but a bit sour. Meh.
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown pour with a cream colored head. Good intergration of roasted malts and the hops. Seamless to be exact. Very nice beer.
matthewjk (987) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
220z bomber - Greatly enjoyed this rendition of Races # 5. This ale has some smokey qualities that I find delightful. ABV is dangerously kicked up from original as well. I approve of this experiment.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, with a light brown head, this beer tastes more sweet than your average black IPA, and with more alcohol than you’d expect as well. It seems to be lacking enough hop character in my opinion to be called an IPA, and although roasted malts are in the flavor they’re not overpowering. Normally it’s either one or the other... hoppy or roasted, and sometimes you’ll get something in-between. This seems to be in-between and off to the side. It has an earthy, musky nose with a similar mouth feel. It actually seems more like a thick, malty strong ale than a black IPA. Well-balanced in all respects. Me gusta!
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Proof. Black pour with a white head. Aroma of rich roastiness, coffee traces of bitter chocolate, piney and earthy hoppiness. Bold roast, chocolate, pine and citrus hops throughout the flavor. Pretty rich body on the thicker side, definitely walking the line of Stout territory.
Crit (3562) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black,small beige head.Lightly spicy citrus hop nose.Mild citrus hop profile,medium roast, medium hop finish #4000 on my personal list.
beerbastard (792) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bomber that pours a very dark burnet, with some retention and lacing. Aromas are a mix of pine and toasted malts. It has a upfront sweetness followed closely by pine hops and burnt coffees with some nuttyness. Flavors blend well. The sweetness and burnt like notes follow into the finish.
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Pours opaque black with foamy, lasting coffee colored head. Aroma of fresh hops, light grass, coffee, chocolate. Flavor sweet with salt mellowing to a soft bitter finish. Heavy body, soft natural carbonation. Overall the hops are not as present as i would like from a Black IPA.
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with a small off-white head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, thick syrupy malts, butterscotch, and some hops. The taste is bitter burnt malts, citrus hops, and dark chocolate. A good overall beer that doesn’t destroy your palate some some black ipas.
JPDurden24 (1661) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour, light tan head. Roasty and citrus & resiny bitterness on the nose, taste is roast and chocolate forward with a nice hop balance with some pine in the finish. Nice black IPA.