Nik925 (751) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Average IPA with some porter flavors. Bear could have done much better. This is a weak entry into the BIPA category for them, esp. since they have such awesome IPAs.
Butters (3762) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Raleigh Rare and Vintage Festival. Good looking Dark brown pour with decent tan head. The nose was a very crisp hoppiness, with an almost ’burnt’ quality. Flavor was bitter and extremely roasty, overroasted in my opinion. Lingering bitterness on the tail. Pretty good, but I’ve had better.
joeneugs (3240) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Tap 25. It pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has lots of coffee and citrus. The flavor is heavy on the citrus and lighter notes of roasted coffee beans. A bit of fruitiness comes in before a big roasted finish. A very good black IPA.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a black body with a moderate tan head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, grass, stone fruit, citrus, coffee, and pine.
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black pour with dark copper edges and one finger of creamy tan head. Awesome nose, very floral and ephemeral with lots of citrus zest and perfume-y hops and light bitter chocolate notes. Flavor is very bitter and burnt with lots of bitter coffee and chocolate. Notes of peanut hulls.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hanging with JoeT at the brewery on Aug 9, 2011 for my birthday. I was more focused on the company than the notes, but these’ll do until I get back there this summer and do it right. Listed as Black IPA. Dark black with red tints. Taste is big sweet hops, but no bitterness of hops. Lots of roast malt. Nose is lightly sweet hops. Bit of licorice and chocolate. Bitter gooey back. Liked this one a lot.
dnstone (2139) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dry hoppy aroma. Black in color with off-white head. A bit of coffee-roast flavors with a hoppines.
DialSquare (2657) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery from sparse rating notes: think I had a pint of this along w/ sampler. burnt dark malt aroma. roasty malt and a spearmint vibe. dry palate. 6.6
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Brewery. Pours with a near black body (plenty of brown notes though) with a small but lasting tan head. Aromas of roast, bitter chocolate, pine and grapefruit. Minimal esters, pretty clean. Flavors of roast, chocolate, tobacco and leather. Some citrus, tangerine, pine and herbal hop flavors as well. Roast seems to dominate the hops a bit, but thankfully it is not astringent or very aggressive in its character. Medium bubbles and dry. Pretty tasty.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Citrus hops pine and roasted grain aroma and taste with a moderate bitterness and a smooth finish.