DenverLogan (827) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a wax covered 22 oz bottle into a Caracole Saxo chalice. Pours brown with large brown head and lace. Aroma of roasty malts, straw hops. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, toffee, straw hops, hay, earth, caramel, nuts. Overall big and rich but lacking the dark roast bite typical of many black IPAs and overall more malty than hoppy bitter.
Blairgus (2731) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
26 dec 2014, bottle. Ruby brown. Nose is dry grassy hops and chocolate malt. Med/thin body and moderately fizzy. Chocolate malt, grassy hops, moderate alcohol, faintly tinny, grassy overall. Decent.
obguthr (4100) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Charred oak, soil nose. Ruby black, medium head, good glass adherence. Sweet chocolate, soil, and licorice. Subtle grapefruit and charcoal finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation, tangy. Not my favorite hop bill for this style, malt forward. Good complexity.
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/15/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, balance, and robustness of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and slightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial black IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp drinking for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
SSSteve (3832) - - NOV 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
green wax 22oz bottle. clear near black with ruby highlights under a medium sized, creamy, tan/brown head with good retention. piney citrus hop aroma with grapes and dark roasted grain. flavors is nothing out of the ordinary with this style including roast, chocolate, citrus and pine. alcohol is a bit strong and makes quite a presence. not a fan of the style, especially the big, boozy, piney ones like this.
ajnepple (2554) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Black appearance with a tan head. Aroma of rich, roasted malts, earthy hops, light pine, chocolate and light coffee. Similar flavor, adding a medium bitterness and light sweetness. Medium body with ample carbonation and a smooth finish. Pretty tasty Black IPA.
onceblind (4643) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy deep brown pour with a thin light beige foamy sticky head. Big earthy nose with some leafy bitterness with a large dose of earthy semisweet roasted malt. Big flavor with big leafy resin hop tones thatís delicious and semisweet combined with the right amount of black roasty bitterness and roasted bitterness. Itís a black ipa through and through for sure but itís got this gentle semisweetness throughout thatís both roasty and black and caramelly.
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour. Smallish off white head with generous lacing. Aromas of dark malt, mainly roast, nuts, black licorice, vanilla. Hops are also present, mainly floral and pine. Flavor is good. Sometimes I get a slight off flavor more noticeable in the aroma than in the flavor. Warming palate. Solid beer with a few imperfections. Good buy on a closeout deal.
AirForceHops (3528) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Purchased a 650 ml bottle from Craft Beer Cellar, Portsmouth. Color is pitch black with fast dying head leaving nothing in its wake. Aroma is lingering pine hops with mild chocolate, mild ash.
The body is medium with a dry roasted finish. Resinous hops pretty much dominated the other flavors that are here. Traces of caramel, bakerís cocoa with weak floral notes. My overall thoughtsÖ itís a pine bomb and hard to get the other flavors but for the 9.5% it drinks rather well.
rayaron (361) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear deep brown with low beige head. Aroma of onion, hoppy, a bit malty, light sweetness, a bit smoked, some licorice. Flavor is quite hoppy, bitter, roasted malt, very alcoholic. Long lasting sticky bitter aftertaste. Light carbonation, full-bodied.