CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mostly opaque with a well-lacing clingy off-white head. Has a fresh resiny piny hop nose with some light caramel sweetness underneath. Starts with pretty good fullness and a nice light toasty maltiness with some nutty character and good fresh grapefruity hop flavor before a crisp bittersweet finish. A well-balanced and drinkable black IPA.
ben4321 (5085) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: Draft at Brass Rail, 11/19/10
Aroma: The nose is toasty and roasted malts, earthy hops, and some citrus
Appearance: The pour is a muddy brown-black with a small tan head
Flavor: Flavor is balanced, has a good combination or roasted malts and hops
Palate: The body is somewhat thick, its medium-full bodied, but still drinks pretty smoothly
Overall, this is a solid black IPA. It isn’t anything spectacular, but its certainly worth trying. I always like these beers where they send the proceeds to charity, that is certainly always a good thing. Anyway, it is a solid beer, and worth buying at least once.
Velkyal (317) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Firstly a disclaimer, I hate Black IPA with a passion. However.....the beer pours like a liquid black hole, light is literally absorbed. The nose is classic northwest hops, grapefruity citrus to the fore. That hoppiness continues in the drinking, backed with a slightly coffee like taste. Medium bodied and nice lacing. Not my kind of beer, but ticks all the boxes for this "style" of beer.
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. Poured clear black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, earthy hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.
ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2010 FOR THOSE IPA FANS WHO ARE STILL PUZZLED BY THIS BLACK IPA REVOLUTION LET ME TELL YOU THAT A BLACK IPA IS JUST AN IPA WITH ROASTED MALTS ADDED, WHICH MAKES THE BREW MUCH DARKER AND DELICIOUS. THIS ONE IS TERRIFIC, IT POURS BLACK WITH A THICK SLUDGY HEAD MAKING THE NAME FOR IT PERFECT. THE AROMA IS INCREDIBLY UNIQUE AND DELIGHTFUL IT REAKS OF PREMIUM DARK ROASTED COFFEE AND FINE RICH CHOCOLATE MIXED WITH TOP GRADE HOPS!! THE FLAVOR IS THAT OF BITTER SWEET HOPS LIKE THAT OF A GOOD IPA BALANCED WELL WITH ROASTED MALTS BITTER CHOCOLATE AND DARK COFFEE. AT 4.99 THIS BREW IS A STEAL AND IS MOST DEFINITELY NOT FOR THE BIRDS.
Maverick34 (2721) - New York, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught from waterfront. Poured dark, some chocoalte notes, the hops are minimized. A decent black IPA but not the best.
Chalsk (1097) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cloverleaf. The Black IPA phenomenom continues. Pours a dark amber brown color with an off white foam head. Has an aroma of caramel, roast, and citrus. Has a sweet smoky taste with a decent hop hit. Has a medium mouthfeel.
jjuf1853 (1290) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at International Beer Garten (Lutz, FL). Pours a dark brown color with a beige head. Good lacing. Fairly hoppy aroma. Flavor is a nice mixture of roasted malt notes and a piney hop finish.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a CDA in my book. Very roasted and coffee porter without the required hit of hop bitterness. Also pours more brown in color. Like the charity angle but SOS is better.
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Small tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, grapefruit/catty, some orange, light bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, grapefruit, light catty. Soft medium body.