ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark brown with a half an inch of head. Aroma has some strong dark coffee as well as black bitter chocolate. The taste is heavy on citrus hops, mostly grapefruit and lemon peel. Otherwise, the dark coffee comes through pretty well on the aftertaste. Not too much complexity, though a decent beer nonetheless. Body is rather light/medium.
beerandIT (298) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I like this Black IPA but it is a bit more mellow than I am used to. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Lacing on the glass is heavy. Malts upfront with slight hops coming through here and there. Great malty backbone. Hops are too absent here for me. Nice beer though and is great if you are new to Black IPA.
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour with a tight tan head. The nose is softly chewy with a lot of pine and light citrus over a fairly tarry black malt aroma. A little bit of earthiness on the palate. The body is nice and lean with a soft earthy peppery character. Light bitterness and just a hint of roast. Light ashiness and soft bitterness. A really damn tasty black IPA. Very piney assertive bitterness.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown cola color with a foamy off white head. Nose is cola, reding hop notes, cocoa. Palate is heavy but has a fluffiness to it, nice bitterness in the finish. Flavors of cola, reding hop notes, cocoa and grape skins.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Pours a deep black body with a yellow off white head with good light retention and a sticky sides. Aromatically malty with pine notes, and some light earth a touch of soap. Not the normal grassy aromatics i’m use to. A bit ash y a light roast y bitter chocolate tone, finishes very dry almost chalk like. Very roast y with a quickly bitter and drying finsh. Weak for style but a decent beer overall.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle with "bottled first week of February 2011" written on the label. Pours a black colored body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is great. Full of citrusy, fresh pines and florals. Lots of grapefruits with a bit of a peppery resin to the hops. A really nice chocolate and light roast behind the fresh hops. Flavor is quite bold. Lots of bitter, piney and leafy hops up front with a good amount of resins. Some light florals, but this is mainly about the brash bitterness. A decent chocolate and caramel comes in, but not as rich as the aroma. Roast comes out towards the end and adds to the bitterness along with lots of grapefruit. Finishes very dry with a higher bitterness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall, a very bold Black IPA. Lots of bitter hops and pretty intense roasts. I like the balance on the aroma better, but I certainly didn’t mind the intense flavor.
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting at Bigelo’s. Very dark with a small tan head that becomes a ring. Dark roasted notes in the aroma. Huge, overdone roasted blast hits the mouth first. It is almost anise but not quite. Immediately after the malt some big bitter hops hit. Overdone on both ends.
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with thick tan head. Aroma of strong pine, chocolate, grapefruit. Nice amount of roast, light sugary sweetness. Flavor is definitely hop forward, with leafy green hops, piney hops, light earthy hops. Some chocolate, some roast and coffee. Nice hoppiness, and the roast compliments rather than being out of control. Medium to full bodied, thick on the palate. Average carbonation, finishes with bitter hops. Really solid Black IPA.
Lubiere (9428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark IPA with a thin moka head. In aroma, classic c-hops with chocolate notes, pinhey and smooth. In mouth, a smooth pinhey hops with smooth chocolate, classy and lovely. On tap at Boston Beer Summit, Jan. 15 2011.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours black with frothy swirls of head.
Aroma: Faint citrus and sage.
Taste: Very bitter hops and malt. A bit of grapefruit on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Thin with prickly carbonation.
Overall: I found this to be like a really bitter porter.