auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle. Minty, leafy rich hop aroma, touched with a bit of darker malts. Pours dark black-brown, with a nice soapy head in coffee and cream. Flavors combine a papaya-like, lemony, zesty hop flavor with mild dark brown ale-like malts, a touch of roast, chocolate, and caramel. The bittering hop flavor and bitterness gets a little tangy and metallic for me, clashing a touch with roast, which itself, gets a little ashy, making the finish on this beer a little coarse.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A roasted and fruity black IPA with an annoying soap character. Meh.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few days after purchase
The look: Black body topped by a medium beige head with low retention
In long: The hoppy nose has a strange perfumy signature as well a band-aid notes. Taste has plenty of dark fruits with light notes of chocolate. The roasted level is in the medium range for the style. Medium bitterness. There is something rather soapy about the whole thing. I’m usually a sucker for this style but this one didn’t do it me. A Clown Shoes that tasted funny.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours black with a large, creamy, khaki head. Fantastic retention. The nose offers ash, black malt, espresso and cocoa nibs with a suggestion of hempen bong water. Medium to full-bodied with zippy carbonation. Well-balanced. Very roasty and malty with boatloads of accompanying burnt, carbonaceous bitterness. Finishes acrid, singed and moderately bitter. Kudos to growler for providing the bottle!
kramer (4550) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear brown body with a good sized light brown fizzy head that had decent retention. Moderately hoppy nose with a fairly hefty dose of band aids. Some darker malts, but not chocolaty at all. Some slight roast. The flavor is a bit off with some light band aids and some light roast. Light to moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. Meh, they missed the mark with this one.
MaBeer1972 (1242) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled version. Pours out jet black with a big coffee head. Foam almost looks like a root beer float. Aroma is pungent floral and spice. Flavor is extremely roasty with a big sticky bitter biting finish. Like drinking cheap black coffee straight up. Not my thing at all.
halfonit (1117) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is pretty much black in color. Aroma is of hops and licorice. Flavor is of hops and coffee. Nice hoppy finish.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Not quite black, more dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is big pine hops, hints of coffee and chocolate malts. Taste is uninspiring and some things are off. Significant hop bite with strong roasted coffee finish, though not without leaving a strange metallic artificial taste on tongue. Too thin. Overall a below average black ipa.
DeadGuyPerez (106) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston. Pours a dark reddish brown. Best of both worlds for those who like dark beers and IPA’s. Dark malts, some sweetness, plenty of floral hops. Very different, very drinkable.
jkwood04 (3219) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at American Craft Beer Fest 2010. Pours very dark brown. Aroma citrusy with coffee notes. Flavor of toffee, hops, and coffee. Thick texture. A pretty unique beer.
Kevinkarpiak (18) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, like a stout, and not hoppy. But tasty, nice on the palate, and introduced me to a whole new style of beer-- the black ipa