travita (3857) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The look is dark brown in color, dark, and has a biege colored head. The smell is malts, hops, roasty, and good. The taste is roasty, malts, hops, and coffee. Good
Sigmund (4952) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 8.5% ABV, as Beer Here Dark Hops Hoppy Black Ale, RBNAG 2009 in Vatlandsvåg. Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Norway. Pitch black colour, moderate brown head. Very nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, hints of liquorice. Distinctly roasty flavour, very dry, notes of strong bitter coffee, hints of dark bitter chocolate. Good, but I’d like a little more sweetness.
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large choco brown head, good retention and decent lace. Black in color. Nose is got C hops, roast and chocolate. Body is med/full, oily on the palate. Nicely balanced chocolate citrus flavors, licorice, faint tobacco and a bit phenolic. Finish is dry and hoppy. A garoovy brew! Bottle procured @statelineliquors.
SSSteve (3739) - - NOV 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
yep. dark and hoppy. bottle. a mix of polar opposites.... 2ipa and imp stout. really too much going on to single any one great quality from this beast. my palate can’t take this kind of punishment.
Taverner (1088) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml from Perry’s @ Livermore. Aroma is thick chocolate malt. Pours a dark as night black with brown head that sticks around. Flavor is dark and roasty like a stout. Some hops, but mostly it tastes like a stout. Decent, but not as much of a Black IPA as I was expecting.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle from DK. Pours black with tan frothy head. Nose has some smoke and piney hops. Taste has some roasted malts, more smoke and lmore grassy hops. A strange beer, but tasty.
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Poured black with a lively, dense, foamy brown head. Nose was roasty, with a hint of floral hops and spices. Falvor was coffee, smoke, and alcohol. A huge hop finish rounded things out, with a nice, bitter hop resin ending. Thick, bold, and immensely satisfying.
arminjewell (6094) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured thick black with a caramel head, nose surprisingly was not hops, but of smoky and coffee malt. Tasted as such, with a very present hop bitterness from the hops. Overall a good strong porter like ale, not a hoppy/black IPA
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Opaque pour. Aroma coffee, chocolate, smoke, citrus. Flavor is smoky, BBQ, wood. Nice mouthfeel.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent pour with a black body and a massive, creamy, dense, dark tan head which settles in time to a creamy, frothy layer and leaves plenty of frothy lace rings; must be the Grimstad water from Nogne that produces these perfect heads. Nose is very pleasant with lots of pine, orange zest, light grapefruit, plenty of dark chocolate, burnt toast, roasted walnuts, toasted molasses, and some restrained coffee roast. Flavor is nice but a bit of a letdown with lots of bakers’ chocolate, burnt toast, pine needles, light earthy rustic, cocoa, and light orange zest. Palate is very silky smooth, nearly lively, medium to full, but fairly short flavor progression. Finish is fairly short but nice with faint orange zest, rustic and pine, bakers’ chocolate, and light burnt toast. At first, I thought this would be a black IPA hybrid, but actually the moderate bitterness portrays more of an Imperial Porter with plenty of finishing hops. I wish there were just a bit more sweetness in the flavor and a longer flavor progression. I really did like this one and it did not contain any unlikable notes like their Pumpernickel Porter. The more I try, the more I enjoy it, despite the fact that I was not a huge fan of the flavor. Nose and appearance were exceptional.