nearbeer (3278) - 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. Iím realizing now that itís actually an amazingly lucky feat that this one wasnít 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 kidís science project Iíll 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?!
Dogbrick (6824) - 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 (4413) - 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 (3550) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - 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 (165) - - 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 (5533) - Helsinki, 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. Thereís not that much Black IPA twist there. Resiny bitterness in the aftertaste.
Drake (7123) - 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.
Ed5388 (1223) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Pours dark brown almost black color, with a decent sized foamy tan head. Aroma is caramel, a little bit of coffee, citrus, pine, and slightly earthy hops. Flavor is slightly roasted, coffee, a hint of cocoa, pine and grassy hops.
Nero55 (247) - Leeds, Alabama, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown/black with medium tan head. Aroma of toasted malt and resin hops. Medium body with coffee notes and a hop bitterness finish.
rangerred (780) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Johnson City, TN.
Arrived with no head whatsoever along with no lacing. Not really a good start.
The aroma had some lightly toasted grain along with just a small amount of piny hops. Some caramel in there too. Not extremely impressive but no real flaws either.
The flavor had licorice and roasted malt up front with caramel and piny hops coming in midway through. There was quite a bit of astringency towards the finish along with a chalky bitterness. Some stickyness on the lips even though the mouthfeel as a whole is quite watery.
Overall, there is quite a bit that could be improved on with this beer. Increased hopping along with a little less attenuation could do wonders for this beer. Right now it is a little all over the place.