JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown-black pour with a very light dank hop aroma. Lots of cocoa and black roasted malt. Chewy and roasty with a heavy dank hoppiness. Assertively hopped with a nice clean bitterness and some roasted malt character. Chewy and a little bit earthy. It’s quite fragrant with some lingering bitterness. Pretty solid.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from jay. thanks man... pours tad darker shade of cola, porter-like, with a fluffy barely beige head that reduces a bit but is still retains... aroma is an intermingling of piney citrus based hops, a light roast, and dusted cocoa... flavors are a continuation of the same with a even keeled hop and roast presence. first sip lended itself to a bit of a metallic note that failed to surface on subsequent sips. carbonation is overly lively which leads to a dryness that quickly kills the flavor. body, itself, is tad thin to boot.. finishes on a nice roasty note.
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a dark cola-like brown color with a flufy 2 finger head that slowly settles, leaving sticking lace as it goes down. Vanilla and caramel in the nose with a very slight hoppy character aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet start with a mix of roast and caramel that then transitions to a hop bitterness that lingers on. I love the fact that this beer is for a good cause but as a beer it is really not that memorable. The hop characteristic is pretty laid back and takes a back seat to the roastedness.
jdavenp (18) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber from whole foods bowery. dark pour with tan head. strong on the malt flavors for a black IPA. Hops come in after the fact. Not bad.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Nice dark (and yes, sludgy) pour, with a thick fluffy head. Sweet toasted malts in the aroma, with deep chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick, a bit oily, with a long dry finish. Taste has a bunch more coffee in it than the nose promised. While I do love coffee brews, it’s not exactly the ticket in a black IPA in some sense, as it tends to cut in on the hop/malt dance underway.
gnoff (7330) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darught at Lagerhaus in Palm Harbor, on January 31, 2011
They marked it as 7% ABV
Clear dark brown color, creamy light brown head. Roasted, malty, coffee, citrus taste. Citrus and bitter aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, pretty high bitterness. Citrus and roasted scent.
Lubiere (9330) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark reddish brown IPA with a thick brown head. In aroma, nice Nelson-Sauvin wild hops,ith grapes, lemons, and light chocolate. In mouth, a nice light chocolate, overlayed with funky hops, cat pee, very nice, rich and smooth. On tap at Oldsmar Tap House, Jan 4 2011.
OldGrowth (2421) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, from Sam’s Quik stop. Good aroma, sweet, toasty. citrusy, little chocolate. Dark orangy brown color, good head, spotty lace. Bitter flavor. Lite body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. OK, didn’t like the blend of flavor. Malt and hops combo wasn’t doing it for me.
Slipstream (1928) - USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
10th anniversary for Blue Point, says the bottle cap. It has been a great decade for American beer. I am not a huge Blue Point fan, but I couldn’t resist buying something called Toxic Sludge. I like the concept too - some of the money you spend goes to protect birds. Dark brown pour with a burgeoning, bubbly crown. This is a dry, herby, astringent IPA. Hopefully it is not really toxic. It is not that sludgey either. This made me think of a new term - coffee IPA - not sure that has been used before. The hops reminded me of some German styles. It did grow on me some as I sipped, but it is not really an amazing IPA.
scarletfire65 (858) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown to black, medium beige head dissipated quickly. Nose was kind of weak - dark malt, stale coffee, cola. Flavor profile is predominantly bitter hops and malt. Hints of burnt coffee, licorice, pine. The black IPA style is new to me and I found the combination of flavors not too enjoyable. I think a touch more malty sweetness, the backbone of many high IBU IPA’s, would have been a good thing. The roasted flavors riding on so many hops produced a burnt, unbalanced palate.