GT2 (8281) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL at Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a clear, deep tea brown with amber highlights. Bubbly, weakly forming "head." Nose is Black IPA all the way- huge beta acid hops, toasted malt, mild salt brine/olive. Taste is salty, roasty, with heavy soapy hops and tannic bitterness. Heavy bitter dark chocolate. Massively hoppy. Good stuff. Should be moved to Black IPA.
jredmond (5259) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 Bottle courtesy of Tom split with Tom and pat. Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with off white head. Aroma is Belfast an voices and booze. Mouthfeel is aggressive with notes of milk, Belgian spice, candy. and wood
neepsntatties (1175) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a BA/RB "beer camping" excursion in the Oregon Cascade foothills in June 2011. Colour... black with a very thick head! Nose... very piney hops with ponderosa resin. Palate... moderately cloying with crushed juniper berries, macerated hop cones, herbs and a long bitter finish.
Damico (2506) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours dark opaque black with a big creamy tan head. The aroma is a bit boozy and roasted malt with lots of nice hops. The flavor of nice dark malts a bit sweet and very smooth on the palate. There is not bitterness that settles, rather a nice light creamy body and almost light stout flavor to end.
superspak (2464) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into oversized wine glass. Pours clear dark brown color with a huge 3 finger light tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Nice thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, bread, roasted malt, chocolate, orange, and pine. Nice complex and hoppy aromas. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, orange, and pine. Decent amount of bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, chocolate, and roasted flavors. Medium carbonation and full bodied. Nice creamy mouthfeel and smooth drinkability for the alcohol level. No alcohol in the taste and a fair amount of warming present on the finish. Overall, a delicious black ale. Tons of flavor and complexity with easy drinkability for the alcohol level.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from WF Bowery. Wish I could have hauled a bunch of these back home, as this was really enjoyable. Very fine pour, vigorous and slightly oily, with a fresh and vital look to it even though itís clearly heavy in both feel and abv. Nose is superb, with bright citrus and unapologetically dark roasts. But what makes this different than the standard BIPA to me is that it has a touch more molasses and licorice than normal, something that seems to blend even better with the abundant hops than roasted malts alone.
glennmastrange (2226) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of burnt and bitter chocolate, heavy hops of pine resin, moderate earth for the yeast, with tar licorice, anise, root vegetables and alcohol in the background. Head is large, frothy, light tan with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the long finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, and heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with lively carbonation and a moderately alcoholic and dry finish. This is a massively bold and rich American Strong Ale with some harsh aspects, but this is the kind of beer brings you to the edge of whatís over the top and what is the best of a specific style.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, hops, pine, light chocolate, char, resin, light peat, roasting, and a hint of alcohol. Poured mahogany/brown/ruby in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan/brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, slight vanilla, slight peat, roasting, pine, resin, slight alcohol, and slight chocolate. Medium body. Thin, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, resin, hop, pine, light peat, light chocolate finish is lightly dry.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared at 5000 tasting - grassy notes, packed with hops & very dry, some ashy, carbonic and warming booze. Underwhelming.
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle acquired in trade. From TheEpeeist? Thanks! Pours a darker brownish pour, a suntea reddish bottom and edges with a moderate sized brownish head, cakes a bit, ok lacing overall. Fairly transparent on the edges and bottom despite itís darkness. Aromas are a plethora of roasty malts, sweeter cocoa and toffee, bunches of citrusy and fruity hops, dry florals, pine. A creaminess on the nose pairs well with roast and toast, paying hommage to the Black IPAs that seem to be itís inspiration. Fresh and vibrant with some good clashing of roast/toast and hoppy bitterness and dryness with mellow yet firm sweeter malts beneath. Initial is medium bodied preaching a powerful roast and toast up front, bigger bitter hops combat with florals and pine, touches of citrus but very earthy and piney. Potent roast and toast, but into the middle some sweeter cocoa, touches of coffee, and toffee malts start to shine through. Almost a bit harsh, the ABV starts to hit a decent amount at the back of the throat, with lingering roast, toasty toffee and bread, and maybe a touch of molasses lingering in the malt department. Overall, the beer grows on me.. shaking away some of that heat and harsh bitterness and becoming pretty palatable. Especially for people that like Black IPAs.. or Imperial Black IPAs as this should be labeled. Body is about right, healthy hopping, and good flavors. Perhaps a bit harsh for some. Pretty good beer here.