nearbeer (3781) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2013
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
650 ml. Opaque black body is one inch tall with a head that marvelously keeps growing like The Incredible Hulk, even minutes after a soft pour! Five minutes later there is still a seven inch, ice cream float topping (some on the side of the pint) and (almost) a two inch body of liquid. Meanwhile the remainder is foaming out of the bomber. I’m realizing now that it’s actually an amazingly lucky feat that this one wasn’t a gusher right out of the bottle. Aroma is dry yeast, caramel cola, coffee and light citrus. Flavors of coffee, yeast, oats, yeast, charred caramel and yeast. Finish is a delicate balancing act of yeast, roasted malt and yeast. Medium body is sizzling with carbonation. The next time I need to do a semi-dormant volcano model for my kid’s science project I’ll grab a bomber of this. I tried to refrain, but this became the third drain pour of my life. Momentous occasion, in the way that will require therapy. Please forgive me (and the brewer) O father for our beer sins?!
sawbuck (341) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong aroma of sweet molasses with some hints of vanilla. Over carbonated 12 oz bottle. Once settled down, nice ebony color with a dark tan head. Thick molasses flavor up front, with too much bitterness up front. Not enough time for sweetness to be noticed. Carbonation way too high, finishes with an even bitterness, but not much balance. Would like to try a properly carbed bottle to compare.
Prufrockstar (1024) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to summer secret santa. Pours dark brown with a giant, long-lasting khaki head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, copper, a little garbage. Taste: Nondescript but resinous-ish hop bitterness gets mixed in with the roastiness. Some caramel as well, with a roasty bitter finish. Palate: medium body, loads of carbonation, slick oily texture. Overall: Alabama!
beastiefan2k (2479) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle poured into Utopias glass. Way too much head, partially due to glass but also the overcarbed beer. Bad musty malt aroma, poorly hopped. Flavor has roast and wet poor hops.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
mojoman (158) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle; very heady beer. Watch out when opening. Rich with dark malt with a tobacco finish. Average beer of this style.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Dogbrick (8269) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Beers from the Bikes Villes tasting on 11/08/2013. Brownish-black pour with a thick foamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, hops and citrus. Medium-bodied with flavors of chocolate malt, mild coffee and citrusy hops. The finish is roasty with a short malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
decaturstevo (5159) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is light roastiness and citrus. Flavor mirrors aroma with a nice finishing bitter. Medium bodied and a tad fizzy but good.
SSSteve (3788) - - OCT 26, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz bottle. whole glass of foam(common theme with blue pants), then turns black with a tan head. overly carbed palate. unpleasant bitterness. not many dextrins left. its really been chewed up by yeast. strong bitterness. could have a problem.
gerbewa (211) - - OCT 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at brewhaus with Vince. I thought this was a good black IPA. It was dark and malty with good hops.
rosenbergh (7090) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Bottled 8/28/13. (Liquor Express) Huntsville, AL.
Dark reddish brown colour with a tiny tan head.
Dark hops, fruit, resin, mild bitterness and mild roasted malt in the aroma. Delicious. The flavour is strong hoppy bitterness. There’s not that much Black IPA twist there. Resiny bitterness in the aftertaste.
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. A huge burst of carbonation exited the bottle upon opening, and after dumping half the beer down the drain to try to alleviate the gushing (unsuccessful) I got a glass of 100% head. Fizzy, rocky, tan. The beer itself is dark brown and murky. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, nutty notes, herbal hops, faint green apple. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, herbal hops, bitter finish. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness. All in all, quite an adventure.