notalush (5328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a fizzy dark brown - kind of looks like cola - nose of black malt, roast, chocolate and underlying green hoppiness - moderate carbonation in the mouth - starts with moderate chocolate and a fairly strong roasty character, tasting a bit like black coffee - a bit of caramelized sugar and char - strong hoppiness arrives through the middle and lasts long into the finish - the bitterness compliments the roast at first, but becomes astringent by the finish - a moderate acidity develops that amplifies this - decent, but startst to fall apart at the end.
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and citrus. Flavor of grapefruit, light pine, caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt.
blutt59 (6231) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to mora2000, nutty brown amber with hoppy roasty aromas, flavors of roasted nuts, coffee and caramel
guzzler67 (1560) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown appearance with an average size tan head and decent lacing. Resinous, floral hops meet roasted malts touched with coffee in the aroma. On the palate, roasted malts provide the backbone and hops the flavor. Both are evident in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.
DialSquare (3346) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Liquor Loft. Brown pour with a red tint and large fluffy tan head. Aroma is a little sugary, toast and molasses. Taste is sharp bitter and flowers. Slight metallic vibe in finish. Chalky palate with sharp carbonation. Interesting but harsh.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep black with nice big lacing off white head. Aroma includes notes of grass, pine, touch of metal, some biscuit. Taste is big pine and resinous hops up front, touch of citrus leading into caramel and biscuit, finishing punishingly bitter with a touch of roast. Very good black IPA, roast and hops meld well together.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to TIM and Rachel for the bottle. Deep and dark, very metallic smell, subdued hops, a little malt bitterness, easy drinking. Favorite Blueprint brew so far.
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2011 Thanks to djrn for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a medium brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate. The beer smells more like a porter than a Black IPA because I don’t get any hops in the nose.
There are definitely hops in the flavor. In addition to the chocolate and roasted malt, I get quite a bit of pine-flavored hops. Low bitterness.
Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
A good beer for a good cause.
tgncc (3005) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Rerate on 2/12/2010. The aroma was musty, sweatsock, earthy hops. Some roastyness as well, some caramel. The appearance was a slightly translucent black, with a red hue. The flavor is earthy hops, caramel, brown sugar. At the end, some resiny, piney hop bitterness. Medium in body. Not bad, hardly great in this exciting new beer category. Drinkable.
drowland (6756) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12/7/10. Draft. Nice mix of roasted notes and piney, catty, almost sour hop aroma. Nice flavor that leans more towards roasty with touches of sour hop.