tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Growler: Thanks, Jeff! Completely black pour with a foamy, medium-bubbled, light khaki colored head; some dripping wet lacing is left behind. Aroma is piney with wet resins & mild hop abrasion; ash, citrus pith, fruit peels. Slight citrus, but substantially bitter. Roasted malt backbone with some light sweetness and a dash of cocoa beans. Taste is much more malt forward than the aroma; chocolate malts about; sweet cocoa, delicate roast, burnt caramel. Hops fall off - faint pine & a very mild hint of grapefruit peel are covered up by the huge maltiness of the brew. Finish is mostly malt as well. Good brew, but I’d like to see more hop character in a black "IPA".
Reynolds314 (2881) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A slightly above average black IPA. Not a lot of bitterness but a fair amount of hoppiness. I dont get much roastiness or porter like qualities that i liks in a good black IPA.
BroSpud (1882) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. This was one of many samples I had during a visit to the brewery. These guys brew great beers. Although I do not remember the specifics for each one they were all above average in all categories. You can’t go wrong with any of the Blue Lobster brews.
bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
darkest brown/opaque. slight roast note, good hop flavor and bitterness. a little over bitter almost astringent. flavors hang on in aftertaste. as it warms opens up mellow dark fruits.
WillRunForBeer (1519) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taster at the source. Deep black with a brown head. Aroma is all piney hops. More pine inthe mouth, along with dark roasted malt. A hop forward black IPA.
mikem409 (1859) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler. Thanks Jeff! Pours black with cola head. Roasted hop aroma. Taste is roast sweet malt slight coco but where’s hop?
Pailhead (5748) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler: The aroma consists of dark chocolate, citrus, and pine. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a one finger beige head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There’s a good amount of webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with with moderate chocolate and light citrus. The finish has moderate grapefruit and pine. It’s light-medium bodied with moderate-lively carbonation.
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Chris for bringing this to me! Pours a robust black out of the 750ML into my stemmed wine glass with a small 1 finger head. Not oily but certainly black. the Nose is bright with cloves, grapefruit and pine cones. Roasted almonds as well. Lovely maltiness. Great level of roast and coffee with a bitter hoppiness that reminds me of tangerine juice with a touch of pine cone. Really easy to drink!
Lukaduke (2724) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich burnt umber color with a frothy sticky khaki foam. The nose is piney with light touches of citrus and bakers chocolate. The mouthfeel is silky and round with a great hop profile that follows the nose from front to back and reads just like an IPA should. As the pine and citrus notes lead you into the finish the chocolate roast slides in to add complexity.
AirForceHops (4702) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4 oz. taster @ BL. A deep black color with head that was slight off white. Flavor is moderately sweet and roasty with chocolate and caramel. Bitterness but not overpowering but for sure strong with lots of pine. Mouthfeel has a silky texture but a tad thin. Decent beer that feels like it’s close to being really good, just missing some balance. I feel like if I drank more the bitterness would stack up and get stronger. Tons of pine which for me isn’t my thing. However, well worth a try if you like the style.