Huhzubendah (2665) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A gift from Gregg Berman. Thanks a lot!
A: This brew appears a dark mahogany color, with a dense inch of light beige head which exhibits great retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the pint glass.
S: Aromas of roast, hops, and pine.
T: The beer is a combination of roast and hop flavors, with some chocolate notes in there as well. The beer tastes a little too bitter, with a slight hop astringency emerging in the back end.
M: OK feel, but a bit imbalanced in the finish.
D: An alright beer. Iím still not sold on this style. I really enjoy IPAs and roasty brews, but not sure that marrying the two is the best idea.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-07-2011
edgallow (2358) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and pine. Taste is nice hops and malts.
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Finhead (1223) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black pour with a large, rocky tan head. The aroma is quite nice with spicy, pine hops on a chocolate base. The light body is oily with average carbonation. The bittersweet taste finishes a heavier dose of hops; begging for another drink.
branlovesbeer (11) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cost from Total Wine in Upstate SC:
22oz Bottle: $5.99
Located on the label, just under the bar code. It reads, "Bottle On 10/11".
There is no need for an internet search or to send emails or phone calls to the brewery in order to have them translate the code in their own style of the Julian calendar (which Iíve noticed many breweries have their own variation of this).
I have to be honest. I had to pour the beer twice. The first time, I wasnít recording because I forgot to hit the record button. But the head took over like a bullet shooting out of a gun. Nearly 4 fingers of head.
But on the second try, there wasnít as much head formation. Only about 1 finger that dissipated quickly.
Black as night... except... I can see into the beer, just under the head and streaming bubbles are obvious.
Itís clearly filtered because I can see the bubbles clearly up to about an inch into the glass. But to be clear, I can only see into the beer only 1/2 a centimeter under the surface where the light shines through.
The head that formed was nice and creamy. While it dissipates, if I swirl the beer around, it forms a nice creamy layer. Itís a very appetizing look.
It is a beautiful beer.
Lots of roasty malts. It smells like a porter or stout. The smell of prunes and dates comes through, as well as some tobacco notes. It smells really good.
Iím getting a hop spice, but I honestly couldnít tell you if itís piney or citrusy. Itís just a blended hop spice.
Iíve noticed this is a common problem with dark IPAís. No matter how many hops you put in, they are just very subdued by the dark malts.
That is my experience from tasting other black IPAís as well as my homebrew experience. I brewed a black IPA last year. 5 gal batch with 1.5lbs Chocolate, a few ounces of various crystals and 9 ounces of hops ranging from Magnum to Cascade with 3oz of Cascade to dry hop. And it ended up tasting very similar to Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet. It was one of the best beers Iíve ever brewed but it wasnít what I was going for.
Iím having the same problems tasting the hops as I did smelling them. Itís nice a hop spice, but I honestly couldnít tell you if itís piney or citrusy. Itís just a blended hop spice. Granted it definitely more prevalent than in the aroma.
Now, the Roasted Malts and the hops are well blended. One does not over power the other. Itís a perfect combination.
Iím not getting the prune/date/raisin taste that I got in the aroma. Itís there but itís not hitting you in the face like it was in the aroma.
Overall, itís really tasty.
Worth the Money:
At $5.99 for a 22oz bottle, that is a little steep. I, personally would price this at a maximum of $4.99, although Iíd like for it to be a little less. Iíve had Black IPAís that have been comparable to this that have cost less.
Will I buy another one? Yes. I probably will, but Iím going to look to see if I can find a lower price.
This beer has everything going for it. If youíre a dark beer lover; this is your beer. If youíre a hoppy IPA lover; this is your beer. Neither one completely takes over the character of this beer. Thereís a little bit of both. Itís really enjoyable.
If youíre looking for a dark beer, you can sit down and have one of these. If youíre looking for a hoppy beer, you can also sit down and have one of these.
This is really good. This is one of my favorite Black IPAís that Iíve ever tasted.
I gave this an íAí. This is a good Black IPA. Itís got the dark roasted malts. Itís got the hop aroma and flavor that you want from an IPA. Everything is blended nicely. Itís a very very tasty beer.
patrick767 (3606) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting courtesy of thedm and hotstuff - Pours very dark amber with a small tan head. It has a roast malt aroma with some pine notes. The flavor is of dark roast malt with pine accented hop bitterness leading into a long, bitter, roasty finish. This medium bodied brew is very tasty and enjoyable.
Acid303 (406) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - JUN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colour with small light brown head. Taste is cofee, roasted malts, and a non despreciable amount of hops...yes, itís what I expected from a Dark Ipa. Dry palate.
thirdeye11 (5635) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) near black with a very thick medium tan meringue-like head. Nose of orange and grapefruit, light roast, cream and dark chocolate. Taste is very pine/grapefruit forward, dark/bakers chocolate, and cream thrown in. The body is exceptionally carbonated which helps it clear off the palate, but the bitterness is still aggressive as hell. The lack of drink ability takes this down a notch or two for me.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black. small head. Nose is citrus, fruits, rich chocolate and roast and light coffee. This one drinks very chocoaltey, fruit, citrus, pines, floral, orange rind. Bitter, rich and dry finish but lasts for some time and bitterness lingers this is quite the great black IPA.
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich black pour with a large tan head. Oak and pecan aroma, maybe a little floral. Very sharp bitter, dry. Nutty, chocolate, and very woody tasting. Finishes with a very bitter citrus note.
I wish the aroma was a little stronger, but a very good beer.
Steve_0 (2881) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2012 On cask at The Hay Merchant. Poured a pitch black with a huge khaki head and great lacing. Smell is char, chocolate, coffee, light pine, and grass, but very malt forward. Taste is chocolate, coffee, light molasses, and a moderately piney bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty good beer, but could use a larger hop profile. I also think pouring this beer on cask was a real disadvantage and completely killed the carbonation. Overall, it was still pretty decent.