jrob21 (2466) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
More ipa than black but not in a bad way. Not getting a lot of roasty malt but am getting most of that pine and grapefruit aroma. Finish is mostly sticky pine flavors and a bitter finish that lasts a while. As an ipa it is tasty.
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hobbit Cafe in Houston. Let me start by saying I have no idea what a black pale ale is...Cascadian Dark Ale or India Dark Ale might make more sensible nomenclature. I will also confess that while this is not my favorite category, I do absolutely love Stone’s SSR and Barley Brown’s Turmoil, which pretty much peg the meter in this category. I found this offering to be closer to a porter with more roast and malt and less IPA citrus, pine sap, bitterness, etc. The roast overwhelms the rest and the hops fall flat and feel thin to me. One is enough...
AirForceHops (2948) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Julio’s Liquor’s. Served in a standard pint. Deep brown nearly black. Small, thin tan head. Not much retention. Roasted malt, chocolate and some resin aromas. Medium body with flavors of grapefruit hops, citrus balanced with rich roasted malts. This was better Grand Teton Trout Hop and spent MUCH less on the bottle. Clown Shoes does well with hoppy brews styles.
jmm635 (846) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, black body with a large tan head that fades to a thin film. Super roasty, coffee, with underlying hoppy notes. Very bitter flavor with mouth-drying burnt malt taste. Too roasty. Not a big fan.
BrewDad (4774) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black in color, clear with a thin head. Nice hops and malt aroma. Good Grapefruit and light pine flavors. This was a very tasty brew.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, dark brown with frothy tall foam, hoppy cocoa aroma, flavor is bitter burnt cocoa, butterscotch, malty finish
TBone (12333) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark opaque brown color, small brown head. Light hoppy nose with toasted notes. Medium-bodied. Very hoppy, piney, woody flavor. Finish has some burnt espresso notes. Leans more on hoppy side.
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks watson1977. Pours brown with a foamy soapy off white khaki head that rests to a spotty film and some lacing. Aroma is slight chocolate and coffee. Taste is mellow but noticeable bitter hops with a coco malty backbone and some coffee. Palate is medium and chalky and finishes dry.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Hoppy Feet
Date: December 09, 2011
Source: Total Wine, Vegas
Appearance: black, frothy beige head
Aroma: big dry roasted aroma, citrus and floral hops
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, lots of citrus, big bitterness from the roasted malts and hops, touch of burnt malt
Overall: too roasty for me
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Leafs93 (1640) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep dark brown, almost black with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, pine and some coffee. Taste is sweet with a fulfilling bitter bite. Sticky but smooth. Nicely done.