jackl (6308) - 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.
Braudog (6114) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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)
Strykzone (6025) - 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!
riversideAK (5936) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some floral inky hop notes along w a grwat deal of dark roast chocolate. Seemed almost like a ligjt imperial stout. Black pour tan head. Flavors of dark roast moderate dark malt sweetness herbal floral hops in moderation and more dry dark roast. Medium body like a light imperial stout. Interesting take on black ipa.
TheBeerGod (5757) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque black pour with a tall, dense brown head. Aroma is citrus and pine notes thrust in front of roasted malt, coffee and hints of dark chocolate. Taste is chocolate and pine mixed with floral hops, citrus, dark coffee burnt caramel and roasted malt. Body is medium with a strong, dense carbonation and strong lingering hop bitterness. Finishes a touch sweeter with more of the chocolate and caramel coming through along with pine oils, citrus fruit, coffee and roasted malt.
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark brown body under a one finger tight bubbled light brown head. The nose is fairly hoppy, but in balance with the roasty and chocolate malt base. A pretty nice mixture of citrus and coffee. The flavor is more tilted toward the hops, citrusy and piney up front, moderate bitterness level. Finishes more toward the Porter side, with nice coffee and dark chocolate notes. Some lingering roastiness. Medium bodied with a fairly sturdy malt backbone and soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice beer, but wouldn’t trade it for a regular racer IPA.
tiong (5602) - 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.
bytemesis (5556) - 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.
Idiosynkrasie (5549) - 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.
badlizard (5534) - 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.