jackl (6814) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dusty bottle from Greenwood. Hopefully this hasn’t been sitting around for aeons. The pour’s deep chestnut brown with a medium tan head. The aroma’s burnt brown sugar, burnt coffee rinds. Some peach and grapefruit. Brash citrus. Cantaloupe. The taste is charred grain, coffee beans, dark chocolate. Bright orange peel. Loads of citrusy hops on the bitter finish. Chocolate orange ice cream. Medium body, smooth carbonation. Very tasty.
AmEricanbrew (6657) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby black color with lasting light tan head. Dry chocolate, dusty blackened malt aromas with floral, pine hops. medium body, average carbonation. Dry black malt, semi-sweet chocolate flavors with some pine, floral hoppage, and light roast---good.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Deep cola, moderate frothy tannish head, nice lacing.   Pale roast, slight lactose, with some pasture like bitterness on the nose.   Smooth sweet and roasty hoppiness on the tongue.   Thankfully the
pasture doesn’t come across on the tongue, only pale roast and some sweet citrusy hops.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Nice balance, a sweeter example which is great with the roasted malts.   Enjoyable!
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We had this together via facebook chat. A big tan head that has large bubbles that does not seem to fall. The beer is almost black with some red highlights. Very stout looking. Some very nice fruit in the aroma along with earth. I wish it were a little bigger. All kinds of hops are tasted. Complex fruit. Pineapple, with citrus. Some spiciness. A hint of chocolate and roasted notes. This beer is beautifully balanced and is a delight to drink. Cocoa comes in late as does some lactic. The feel is nice and smooth and has some richness to it. This is akin to a stout IPA. Good!
bytemesis (6449) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2013 Bottle. Pours clear dark ruby black with a medium creamy brown head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy - grapefruit, touch of pine and some underlying coffee. Flavor is definitely IPA - citrus hoppy with underlying roasted malts, perhaps molasses. Lightly sweet and medium bitter. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Quite nice, I just wish it was a tad bit roastier.
drfabulous (6323) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Jungle Jim’s. Nice black color. Hoppy. Crisp. Pretty nice but I have no idea how old the bottle is.
tiong (6280) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle from Ales by Mail
Pours pitch black with a bubbly white head. Aroma of roasty malts, grassy hops, juicy fruitness, licorice and citrus. Taste is smooth, roasty and hoppy with notes of grass, licorice, citrus. Finish is dry, bitter, roasty and fruity with loads of licorice. Quite roasty black IPA, almost feels like an hoppy IS instead. Still very tasty and balanced, though.
RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Brewdog Birmingham; dark black pour with foamy white head, piney aroma, grapefruit hop taste backed up with slight roast malts piney hop taste, really good BIPA.
Braudog (6253) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Definitely black, but IMHO not anywhere in the same league as the other Racer brands. Full disclosure, I’m not a big fan of the "black IPA" rage that’s going on. This is yet another example. Rich with some rich, bitter chocolate malt, the assertive hoppiness doesn’t exactly go a long way to blend in, at least as far as I’m concerned. Drinkable enough, I guess, but I rather have had a porter or an IPA, not a blend. (#5172, 7/23/2013)
Idiosynkrasie (6183) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Pitch black colour with average, creamy, fairly lasting, moerately lacing, beige head. Herbal hoppy aroma has a touch of pine peppermint, salmiac. Taste is earthy, herbal, hints of coniferes, Bärwurz, Kräuterschnaps, minimally roasty dark malty; smooth, soft, silky, mouth-filling palate, long lasting finish.