robertjm (776) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(trade from NYBeer) 22oz. bottle. Pours a nice frothy off-white head. Lots of carbonation. While this may look like a stout, the aroma leaves know doubt that it’s an IPA! Definitely hop character in the flavor, but it’s not of fresh hops, which is something I’m used to seeing with the Left Coast IPAs. Probably has something to do with the black roasted malts added to change the color to black. Light body. Lots of bitterness lingering on the palate in the aftertaste.
Nitro0292 (4) - New York, USA - OCT 22, 2010 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Have sampled two bottles of this, both purchased locally, 2 weeks apart.
Appearance is a very dark brown, with ample creamy tan head. Good retention and lacing for the dark/roasted malts it contains.
Aroma is citrus hops up front and then coffee. Taste mirrors the aroma, as it is hops up front with a coffee/chocolate dry stout finish. Very unique due to the combination of malts and hops - unlike other IPAs, more akin to a hoppy stout.
Creamy, moderate viscosity mouthfeel - would have preferred a touch lighter given the profile of flavors.
I had a second bottle after enjoying the first, and had it after sampling Stone’s Sublimely Self-righteous Ale. I got much more hop flavor and aroma from the sludge than from the SSRA, which to me was purely stout-like.
Since this is a limited production run, I will be looking to corner the market on this one, as it is still unique and remains more available than other Black IPAs.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Get Real NY, cask ale festival. A limited release, profits go to the BP oil split relief. My favorite Blue Point to date. This sucker was very dark, taste was fresh hop. Complex
beerbill (3536) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours cola color with a moderate tan head that lasted through three-quarters of the glass and left medium lace. Pleasant aroma of grassy hops, light pine, and some mild malt. The flavor is lightly roasted malt followed by a mild-moderate bite of hops bitterness that lingers briefly after the swallow. Medium bodied. A bit spritzy on the palate. No problems, but a little underwhelming.
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head (definitely reminiscent of some sludge, although not in texture). Aroma of grassy, garlicky hops and roasted malt, also some burnt popcorn. Flavor of roasted malt, buttery popcorn, roasted nuts, grassy hops. Overall, a decent black IPA but not something I’d run out to try.
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The label caught my attention as I pulled it from the case at Bellport Beer, but it was the odd hops profile that caught my nose as I tried to discern what it was. The dark ale with a cream colored head seemed like the title it was named for in a funny sort of way. The first taste was an interesting combination of bitterness, followed by sweetness, and then the hops rolled in with a interesting mix.
The taste of the ale seemed to evolve like that of a DIPA and continued to entertain my senses. The aroma also seemed to change as I swirled the ale around my glass.
It turned out to be an interesting ale worthy of more bottles to discover it contents and the things it would go well with.