DrSilverworm (4018) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Dark brown color. Thin khaki head. Couple dots of lace. Bigger body. Lighter, kind of crisp carbonation. Awesome aroma, pretty much exactly what I want from a black IPA. Good bitter dark chocolate, dark roast, nice coffee malt flavors, along with some big earthy, herbal, piney hop. Good moderate to stronger bitter taste, minimal sweet. Awesome black IPA... Good balance of citrus, nutty herbal hop, and roasty herbal chocolate... Def. my kind of black IPA. Assertively hoppy, satisfyingly hoppy. Love it.
thornecb (3975) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany tinged deep brown into a Sam glass. Mocha head with good retention turns soapy as it recedes leaving spider lacing. Chocolate and resin aromas. Thin with dark chocolate and toasted nuts upfront turning to bitter resin and espresso in the lasting finish.
JohnnyJ (3894) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Stone Bistro. Pour is a dark brown, almost black, with light tan head. Grapefruit and pine. The flavor is hoppy, sweet milk chocolate, and sharp bitterness. Slight roast, but the roast is not central to this beer. Pretty good black IPA.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured black with a moderate khaki head. Smooth and balanced. Didnít lean too far on the hops or the malt. Roast was in there and complimented the floralness of the hops nicely. Some coffee and cocoa too. Green, earthy hop tones and balancing sweetness so the bitterness was just right.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Rustico Alexandria - staff let me have a sample pour of it from an open bottle, pretty nice of them. Poured a nice dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head. Aroma was notes of citrus, floral hops and a touch of nice roast. Flavor was a lot more roasty than I thought based on the aroma, but still pretty well balanced. Nice bitter notes, pretty tasty.
emacgee (3742) - 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.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A tannic red/india pale ale aroma. Decent label, 22oz bomber; clear, ruby black-brown with an impressive, dense tan head. A buffered, chalky roast and hops aroma. LIghtly sweet, tangy, moderately roasted, properly hoppy, powdered cocoa flavors. A muddled mouthfeel - frothy, pasty, undercarbonated but mouthy. Acidic finish. Respectable, but less than I was expecting. Market Square Liquors, Timberlane.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium goblet produces a three finger thick, lightly brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown, not quite black colored head. The aroma smells of vibrant, fruity hops and toasted / roasted malt character; lychee, guava, and candied tangelo zest, which is backed by whole grain, toasted brown crackers, coffee liquor, and bitter roasted character.
The beer has ample hop flavors with lots of lychee, floral concentrated peach notes, burnt tangerine character, Curacao orange peel, a touch of herbaceous pine character, as well as a firm bitterness that is accentuated by the smooth roast character. Lingering, though light, roast notes, some whole grain brown bread (amply toasted of course), and a wholesome, slightly burnt cracker character. The body is nice and light, thought it does have some heft to it, enough to carry the vibrant hop character at least.
This is quite a nice Black IPA; the hop character is quite vibrant, fruit laden, and just expansive, with just enough dark malt character to support the hops, but not get too intrusive. This is really just fresh and hoppy, and I am enjoying this quite a bit more than I expected.
Sledutah (3628) - Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Black with a big beige head
Aroma: Roasted malts and grapefruit
Taste: Toasted malts, grapefruit and pine
Nice. Lots of roast in the aroma, more of a IPA in the taste.
Butters (3583) - 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 íburntí quality. Flavor was bitter and extremely roasty, overroasted in my opinion. Lingering bitterness on the tail. Pretty good, but Iíve had better.