DrnkMcDermott (2961) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bomber, $5.50 at Binny’s. I let this and the Clown Shoes 1.5 sit around since Aprill expecting to do a side-by-side. But let’s get serious. This one for Now, the other Later. So this kicks up a big head like some IPA’s do, but its slightly roasty in the nose like a stout. Solid black, they left it no doubt this was a "Black" IPA. Hops are still in the taste, though, or else they’ve gone far south. Hops have spread out and gone a little too herbal, on top of the high resin profile and then the large roastiness of the malt, there’s a package that does not quite appeal. Major roasty and bitter aftertaste after starting out rather interesting.
gringo332 (583) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly black body, dark fluffy tan head. Nice herbal and citric hop with roast in the aroma. Roast citrus and grass on the flavor. Medium body.
HighlanderOne (1116) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from big bottle. Nice Aroma of floral hops, dry cocoa and roasted malt. Stout black with rugged persistent tan head. Lots of pine / grapefruit / floral hops along with caramel, cocoa, pepper and toasted malt. Nice balance & drinkability - it’s not too heavy handed on the hops so you can appreciate the other flavors. Lacing. An excellent beer in a style that has quickly become a favorite of mine.
alobar (3288) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a reddish highlightsand a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt,chocolate, and hops. Flavor is much the same with roasted malt, chocolate, and a slight hop ending. Great moutfeel.
acearl (448) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, drank too cold but it was warm out, dark brown to black pour, creamy tan head, decent lacing, smells of resin, a bit of grapefruit on the hop end then and more roasted + then some chocolate malts, on the heavier side, nice change, should be in Philly during winter not on vacay in FL in Feb., good to share right time and place
DocLock (8989) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours chestnut with 2-finger creamy well-retained khaki head. Nose is resiny piney hops matched by roasty black patent and chocolate malts. Really complex, intense, Alpha Klausy aroma. Tastes rich, with a simultaneous patent malt and piney hop hit, both complementing each other quite well. Stays roasty and somewhat dry, resiny, with cacao, grapefruit, and roasty malt throughout. Now that I think of it, this style really was pioneered by Nick Floyd and Alpha Klaus years ago. As for this one, it is excellent; one of the better examples of this style.
DWestrick (557) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 22oz. Not sure it’s considered a black ipa. It is almost exclusively stout maybe even porter. A good beer but hardly a black ipa
gnoff (9283) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Rattle ’N’ Hum, NYC, on January 30, 2012
Clear dark red to black color, light brown head. Fruity, coffee, hoppy taste. Dry coffee aftertaste. Medium smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Coffee, green peppers, malty scent.
Coffee is what stays behind in this one.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid, pitch black "IPA". Wonderful hop aroma, light citrus, lots of pine. Nice rich malty tones. light chocolate, roasty flavors. pretty solid brew.
soupy (35) - - JAN 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells good, looks good. The right side of hoppy, strong taste with a good finish. A great session beer, beautiful in a glass.