glennmastrange (2030) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of toasted and roasted, moderate to heavy pine for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with wood and pepper in the background. Head is average size, frothy turning creamy, light brown with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation and a finish that is moderately alcoholic and fairly dry. Simple but excellent aromas, bold flavors leaning on the harsh side, this Black IPA is a great example of the style.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A very intense, boozy, roasted and very bitter citrusy (grapefruity) black IPA. Brutal but enjoyable.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed moderately fresh about 3 months after purchase
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention
In long: Nose is quite roasted with plenty of grapefruit hops. Taste is burnt grainy malts, burnt caramel, notes of sugar pie, a lot of bitter grapefruits, green hop pellets, some orange notes, some pine notes. Big body with a well level medium carbonation. Overall clean and crisp beer. Bitterness level is through the roof and the alcohol adds an additional bite in the finish. This is one hell of a tasty aggressive beer. Iím usually not too crazy about very aggressive beers but someone I really enjoyed that one, I think Iím a man of contradictions. No Iím not. Yes I am. No Iím not. Yes I am.
anders37 (14720) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Rustico Restaurant, Alexandria, VA. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice hoppy aroma. Roasted malty hoppy bitter piney licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter finish.
502F (999) - Time Out, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Dark brown body with tall dark khaki colored head that holds and laces. Fantastic aroma. The only time a black ipa aroma has really worked for me. Juicy hops wig only a hint of piney resin. The roasted malts are in perfect harmony with the hops. Slight chocolate. For some reason, when other black iPad have the same qualities, it just doesnít do it for me, but it really works here. The flavor is the same, with the perfect amount of bitterness. Lon dry resinous finish. Medium to full bodies, smooth but tingly. Overall: perhaps my favorite black ipa yet. Yep, definitely so.
sgallant (49) - USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with small head. Taste is fairly complex with the roasted taste combined with the huge hops flavor. Definitely a sipping beverage ... worthy of a sunset.
Ratman197 (8482) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of Cratbeerdesign (thanks Geoff) poured a clear dark brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, cocoa, grapefruit and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of cocoa, roasted malt, charcoal, light grapefruit, light orange zest and a hint of pine with a smooth dry bitter lingering roasty finish.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark brown color with a large creamy brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is bitter citrus hops with a roasty finish. Medium bodied.
brigg (474) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Black body with a big brown head that is creamy and then forms stiff peaks. Dark roasted aroma with strong bitter hop notes, hay, dark fruit, slight floral notes. Full bodied, creamy, soft carbonation. Dark roasted flavor, bitter hops all the way through and into the finish; some floral notes; sweet up front before drying out; grapefruit, some chocolate, raisin, molasses.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber purchased at Normís in Vienna, VA. pours a deep brown with deep red highlights and a nice 2 finger tan frothy head. citrus / pine hop nose with thin layers of chocolate and a slight roast... as it warms you have to really dig in there to pick things up. medium body with a big chocolate malt presence, slight coffee roast, lots of citrus bitterness and some lingering dark fruit tones. nice bitter finish, but a bit harsh and doesnít carry through as I would like. some chocolate notes carry on more than any bitterness.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a jet black with a very slight tan head. Aroma is heavy on dough, wood and some hoppy citrus. The taste up front is quite strong on the citrus hops, which are tempered really nicely by the sweet bread dough from the malts. The aftertaste feel like chewing on some pumpernickel bread with the the taste of resin also making an appearance. Quite strong in flavor, though the alcohol is hidden quite well. Medium bodied. Excellent.