Travlr (16852) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Almost completely black, gigantic beige ice cream cone head. Aroma of pine, melted chocolate, coffee. Taste is very roasted coffee grounds and black pepper. Very hi carbonation detracts from the flavor.
rejtable (1858) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice hop up front, bit metallic through the middle. Good malt backings. Pours black with tan head.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Roasted bread crumbs, dark chocolate and pine needles merge for a lengthy finish in this frothy, dry Black IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A humongous foam mushroom erupts from the darkness, lacing all the way down the pint glass. This is obviously overly carbonated.
-Letting the beer breathe for a while helps the mouthfeel greatly.
-Licorice and dark fruit angles are also tasted.
-The first half of each sip is much less compelling than the multifaceted finish.
-Hops contribute citrus fruit as well.
StPeteBeerMan (52) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown/black. Smells of sweet citrus and malts. Dominant roasted malt flavor with strong coffee notes followed by citrus and spicy hops with a medium body. Spicy hop resin and coffee lingers in the aftertaste.
wchesser (1540) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
April ’11 bottle had in April ’12. Resin and grapefruit pith on the nose. Thick foamy head. Dark brown and lots of lacing. Very hoppy and bitter with a plusher feel of the darker malts. Good representation of the style but not a standout. Pretty good value.
Thechasm442 (409) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into a duvel tulip. Extreme dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that shrinks to a quarter inch with nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, pine, and toasted barley. Taste is toasted malt and barley, citrus, coffee, and semisweet chocolate are here too. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and it lingers. Real good black ipa
Trev (2019) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for sharing MMDan.
Dark black pour with brown highlights, very thick tan rocky head.
Aroma is chocolate and citrusy hop.
palate is thin on the front. Dusty chocolate, hop is not as pronounced in the flavour as the aroma. somewhat chalky, then a nice lingering roasted malt finish.
jrob21 (2967) - 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 (674) - 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 (4804) - 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.