jjgmd (1623) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brownish black color, with a nice head. Nose is sweet with citrus and piney. Taste is bitter and balanced by some deep malt, with some subtle licorice. Finish is bitter and moderately long. Quaff Score 7 / 10
zizzybalubba (1570) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint-sized can from Tasty Beverage Co., Raleigh, NC. Dark brown pour with a frothy tan head. Cola-like sweet aroma at first with tangerine hops making their way through eventually. Citrusy hops are evident in the flavor and are certainly muted by cocoa and smoke from the malt. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for this style and certainly given the name. A decent black IPA.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle thanks to mora2000.
Near black pour with a nice creamy head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, pine and resin hops. Grapefruit, chocolate, and roast in the flavor - almost like a hoppy Porter as opposed to a Black IPA.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a deep black color with just a touch of brown with a finger of off-white head. The retention on the head was okay and there was some nice lacing left behind.
S - Heavy amount of sweet roasted malt and some nice piney/grassy hops. Touch of toffee and chocolate elements are also blended in.
T - Starts off with some sweet roasted carmel malt flavor with hints of grassy hop in the background. Also a bit of sweet brown sugar. Slight bitterness. Through the middle the hops gain some power and there is some very nice bitterness. The finish has a lot of flavors going on including some black licorice, chocolate/coffee taste, and some hop bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with moderate to moderate-low amount of carbonation. Smooth and just a bit creamy. Slight dry finish.
D - Very drinkable. There is a nice balance here of malt and hop. There is a slight alcohol presence, but nothing that gets in the way of the beer. Overall very smooth and crisp.
zgaier (1549) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a red-brown with a light tan head and aroma of roasted malt and hop. Taste is of hops, caramel, and light roasted malt and pine with a bitter, toasty finish.
guzzler67 (1538) - 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.
Scrapersnbeer (1501) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pleasantly grassy and also kind of nutty. Dark, reddish brown as opposed to black. Moderate bitter, finishes with a lasting chocolate-fruit sweetness. Much sweeter than many examples. Also has a smoother feel too it. A most approachable version of a dark IPA. Nice charitable tie in too.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Yet another Black IPA. Love the style, but was only an average or worse example of the style. I can’t exactly explain what was wrong with it, but somehow it just wasn’t quite right. Not overly bitter, but there still wasn’t enough malt to balance the bitterness, making it seem too intense.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was black in the glass with bright red highlights and a large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate roasted and burnt malts; light to moderate pine, resin and citrus hops; and something a little rubbery. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet, rather bitter and light to moderately acidic with a fairly long duration. There was roasted malt, slight chocolate, pine hops, metallic hops, come citrus hop, a little resinous hops, even some grassy hops and burnt malt. The nearly medium body was fairly oily and then dry with a sort of soft, but still tingly carbonation and a rather metallic finish.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good solid brew from the blue point gang. Pours dark, tastes light. Good character, palate is slightly thin. Not the best black ipa, stone stone still holds that honor. In fact this isn’t blue point’s best ipa, hoptical illusion still holds that honor. This beer is definitely worth a try.
coldbrewky (1490) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah the rotating taps of the Dutch.......Ale house that is. A lovely charcoal black IPA. Thick and lasting head. Nose of hops and thinner malts. body reveals a moderate wood tinged flavor that is twice overtaken by malts then settles to a longer finish of hop. Advertised as 7% and it will let you know such after two of these with dinner.