matmatmat (82) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at the Cask Republic. Deep, dark, opaque black color, with a thin off white head. Malty roasty aroma. Creamy mouth feel with an astringent finish. Flavors are bold and bitter like a light Imperial stout. Smoother than that, and with some IPAesque bitters in there.
glennmastrange (2368) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate toasted note for the malt, herbs and resin for the hops, light meaty note for the yeast with root vegetables, faint licorice, spice and dark dried fruit in the background. Head is large, frothy, light tan with good thick lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, a little slick with a lively carbonation. I liked the depth of this Black IPA, but it’s not so rich that it subtracts from it’s easy drinking quality.
Damico (2766) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The black IPA pours dark chestnut black with a huge creamy light tan head. With three months on the bottle it lost some hops, but there was some there left with some light sweetness. It tastes great with creamy light roasty malts that settle with pure subtle but bitter hops.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
poors nice and dark with a rather thick looking body for an IPA. Not much of a dark tan head. Smells like coffee and peanuts very very well roasted. Taste has a lot of coffee a little roasted hops and fresh licked rusted aluminum. Sits nice and thick in the mouth except for that lingering astringent it would be a great BIPA. good cause would buy again simply for that reason.
joebudzjoe (667) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Eli Cannon’s, Middletown, CT. Served in a pint glass, this brew has a dark brown, almost black body with a fizzling brown head that laces nicely throughout the pint. This medium bodied Black IPA has a strong, but not abrasive, pine flavor from the hops and a pleasant toasted nut flavor from the roasted malts. Not too heavy and also well balanced, this beer also leaves a numbing, almost menthol like effect after each sip. Personally, this is one of my favorite Blue Points brews I’ve tried.
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at Sweet Afton in Astoria. This is more for your hardcore hophead. My greatest objection is that it burns the back of my throat. On the other hand its nose is full of sweet deceptive sweet chocolate and cola. The flavor is all bitter hops. It means well.
blipp (6547) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Nutty and sweet malty aroma with floral and earthy hoppy notes. The flavor has nutty malts, hazelnut, light coffee, and light floral hops. Strikes me as more of a porter/stout than a Black IPA. Pretty good.
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looking through here and I was really surprised to see I hadn’t rated this even though I did rate the 10th Anniversary which I swear I had at the same time. In either case, this has become strangely common as the Black IPA style has become popular in beer circles. Flavor is pretty malty and chocolate, but it finishes fairly hoppy. I was impressed that the two flavors could stay separate without becoming a big mess.
coldbrewky (1478) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah the rotating taps of the Dutch.......Ale house that is. A lovely charcoal black IPA. Thick and lasting head. Nose of hops and thinner malts. body reveals a moderate wood tinged flavor that is twice overtaken by malts then settles to a longer finish of hop. Advertised as 7% and it will let you know such after two of these with dinner.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Yet another Black IPA. Love the style, but was only an average or worse example of the style. I can’t exactly explain what was wrong with it, but somehow it just wasn’t quite right. Not overly bitter, but there still wasn’t enough malt to balance the bitterness, making it seem too intense.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was black in the glass with bright red highlights and a large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate roasted and burnt malts; light to moderate pine, resin and citrus hops; and something a little rubbery. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet, rather bitter and light to moderately acidic with a fairly long duration. There was roasted malt, slight chocolate, pine hops, metallic hops, come citrus hop, a little resinous hops, even some grassy hops and burnt malt. The nearly medium body was fairly oily and then dry with a sort of soft, but still tingly carbonation and a rather metallic finish.