Dfonorow (1749) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is darker brown with some amber shining through. Small tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is on the weaker side but with notes of caramel malts, milk chocolate, and grass. Flavor is licorice and pine needles. Weaker body and heavy carbonation.
kassner (1462) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice cola color and modest head, on tap at Mad Mex, nice but a little thin, and also mostly bitter hops
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Proof. Pours a dark ruby with a small frothy light tan head. Floral hop aroma and earthy malt. Medium mouthfeel with a hop bite upfront and citrus and graprfruit flavor. Smooth finish, a very good black IPA from Blue Point.
PorterPounder (6535) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Proof Bar - on tap - Pitch black pour, sticky mocha colored head. Fresh, fragrant aroma with some heavy spruce and a hint of mint. Flavor has heavy citrus bitter, hoppy grapefruit notes with a bit of underlying caramel and a touch of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is thick and rich and not too tongue numbing. Pretty decent overall.
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 (2489) - 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 (3003) - 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 (671) - 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.