TimsRatings (81) - - MAY 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From 12 oz bottle.
Poured dark - very dark, with little head. Beer had decent lacing.
Pretty strong coffee taste. Stays on the tongue. Worth a repeat buy.
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Drake (6490) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Common Market South, Charlotte. Pours a dark brown color appearing black in the glass. Medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malts and an herbal hop finish. The taste is bitter roasted malts, chocolate, herbal and citrus hops. Medium bodied. Decent.
Rrauth (637) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Low aroma smell. The aroma is masking any sweet hops that are normally upfront. Nice. Go ahead and try it
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Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Murky dark brown color, medium tan head. Aoma of rising raw pumpernickel bread dough. Taste is coffee, pine, brown bread. Nice.
JCB (3801) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Samís, Durham. Nice dark brown pour, with an insistent, fairly vigorous carbonation. Nose is modest anise and a good deal of dry grass, with very little other dark additions coming across. Light, prickly mouthfeel and just the faintest bite on the palate. Flavors are a bit more complex than the nose would suggest, with a more pronounced hop presence and certainly more malts as well. Hoppy brown, hoppy porter, who knows with this style? This one was fairly solid.
alexsdad06 (3042) - Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle shared by jmborggren. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate with hints of black coffee and a nice dose of earthy hops. The flavor is roasted malts, lighter dark chocolate, mild earthy hops with a mild to moderate bitterness to the finish. It almost seems more like a hoppy porter more than a black ipa. Not bad.
Tmoney99 (8779) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by jmborggren. Poured clear black color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted and produced fair lacing. Moderate complex toasted earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good beer.
DrSilverworm (2706) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, shared by jmborggren. Very dark brown color, light brown head. Some dots of lace. Light roasty nose. Good roasty, earthy hop flavor. Hint of chocolate. Very dry texture, light carbonation. Good bitter sweet taste. Iím a fan.
TURDFERGUSON (3565) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mohogany pour with light carbonation and a minimal head. Nose shows some earthy and herbal hops, but mainly roasted malt, cocoa and light coffee. It does taste like the makings of a very solid porter and drinks more like a watered down porter as the hops do little to add character.
emacgee (3433) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean and opaque black with burnt copper edges and one finger of khaki tan head. Very nice nose. Lots of clean coffee and roast character coming through. Some bitter chocolate and citrusy hops. I also get the faintest hint of infection, just like this one I got in some blueberry beer I did. Nice flavor, clean coffee roast with a touch of acidity and bitter bakers chocolate. Would have been a GREAT porter if theyíd kept the hops down. Medium body with an acidic palate. Big Bossí darker beers seem to lose carbonation quickly...Iíve noticed that in the Aces and Ates well. Seems to go flat quick.
I want to ask everyone who makes a Black IPA if their IPA was just not doiní it until they made it BLACK.....