glennmastrange (2431) - 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 what’s 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 (1832) - 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 (6193) - Aurora, 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 it’s 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 it’s 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.
jcwattsrugger (11559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle-thanks dmac for sharing-pours a big foamy to rocky tan head and black color. Aroma is resin, roasty/chocolate. Taste is somewhat harsh/biting resin hops, roasty/ashy/chocolate dark malt.
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with light tan head. Aroma has notes of pine, orange, some roast and chocolate, slight toffee notes as well. Very much like a Black IPA. Taste has notes of slight pine and grassy bitterness, slight grapefruit and bitter orange, nice coffee, toffee, roasted notes, balanced very well with some bitterness at the end. Very smooth, and way, way too drinkable for 10%. Good stuff!
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Difficult to classify this brew, which is perhaps why it is sometimes referred to as a Black IPA and other times/places American Strong Ale. None the less, if you like either of those, you may very well like this roasted-malt beauty.
brokensail (13234) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The beer pours almost black with a big khaki colored head.
S: Smells of roast, a lot of roast, and some dark chocolate. Not terribly hoppy, unfortunately. Some moderate pine notes, which is really it. There is a mild acidity and some slight metallic notes.
T: Interesting flavors of dark fruit and dark chocolate. Big time ash and intense flavors of roasted malts. There is a pretty strong bitterness, some mild coffee, and also some chalk. Pine and citrus peel, a mild herbal quality, are really it as far as the hops.
M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: I like a lot of Black IPAs, but this was not very good.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black very little head. Smells of brandy and yet it also has a sour smell to it, also coming through some floral hops,nuts and roasted malts. Tastes of nuts, roasted malts, chocolate, with some sour notes coming through. Not getting much hops, mouthfeel is thick and the finish is long roasted nuts and slightly hoppy.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with some licht escaping through the sides. Thin cream head and some lacing clinging to the sides. Strong chocolate , coffee, heavy roasted malts, and licorice in the nose. Loads of heavy bitter roast, chocolate, and ginger snaps. The finish is rather long and bitter.