branlovesbeer (11) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cost from Total Wine in Upstate SC:
22oz Bottle: $5.99
Located on the label, just under the bar code. It reads, "Bottle On 10/11".
There is no need for an internet search or to send emails or phone calls to the brewery in order to have them translate the code in their own style of the Julian calendar (which Iíve noticed many breweries have their own variation of this).
I have to be honest. I had to pour the beer twice. The first time, I wasnít recording because I forgot to hit the record button. But the head took over like a bullet shooting out of a gun. Nearly 4 fingers of head.
But on the second try, there wasnít as much head formation. Only about 1 finger that dissipated quickly.
Black as night... except... I can see into the beer, just under the head and streaming bubbles are obvious.
Itís clearly filtered because I can see the bubbles clearly up to about an inch into the glass. But to be clear, I can only see into the beer only 1/2 a centimeter under the surface where the light shines through.
The head that formed was nice and creamy. While it dissipates, if I swirl the beer around, it forms a nice creamy layer. Itís a very appetizing look.
It is a beautiful beer.
Lots of roasty malts. It smells like a porter or stout. The smell of prunes and dates comes through, as well as some tobacco notes. It smells really good.
Iím getting a hop spice, but I honestly couldnít tell you if itís piney or citrusy. Itís just a blended hop spice.
Iíve noticed this is a common problem with dark IPAís. No matter how many hops you put in, they are just very subdued by the dark malts.
That is my experience from tasting other black IPAís as well as my homebrew experience. I brewed a black IPA last year. 5 gal batch with 1.5lbs Chocolate, a few ounces of various crystals and 9 ounces of hops ranging from Magnum to Cascade with 3oz of Cascade to dry hop. And it ended up tasting very similar to Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet. It was one of the best beers Iíve ever brewed but it wasnít what I was going for.
Iím having the same problems tasting the hops as I did smelling them. Itís nice a hop spice, but I honestly couldnít tell you if itís piney or citrusy. Itís just a blended hop spice. Granted it definitely more prevalent than in the aroma.
Now, the Roasted Malts and the hops are well blended. One does not over power the other. Itís a perfect combination.
Iím not getting the prune/date/raisin taste that I got in the aroma. Itís there but itís not hitting you in the face like it was in the aroma.
Overall, itís really tasty.
Worth the Money:
At $5.99 for a 22oz bottle, that is a little steep. I, personally would price this at a maximum of $4.99, although Iíd like for it to be a little less. Iíve had Black IPAís that have been comparable to this that have cost less.
Will I buy another one? Yes. I probably will, but Iím going to look to see if I can find a lower price.
This beer has everything going for it. If youíre a dark beer lover; this is your beer. If youíre a hoppy IPA lover; this is your beer. Neither one completely takes over the character of this beer. Thereís a little bit of both. Itís really enjoyable.
If youíre looking for a dark beer, you can sit down and have one of these. If youíre looking for a hoppy beer, you can also sit down and have one of these.
This is really good. This is one of my favorite Black IPAís that Iíve ever tasted.
I gave this an íAí. This is a good Black IPA. Itís got the dark roasted malts. Itís got the hop aroma and flavor that you want from an IPA. Everything is blended nicely. Itís a very very tasty beer.
LinusStick (2901) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A delicious black IPA. Aroma was good. Roasted malt and a light ashiness. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a thin tan film for a head. Taste was full of deep dark roasted malt with the hops tasting surprisingly green and fresh. Left a bitter malt and fresh hop taste on the back of the tongue after the swallow. Very complex with a nice carbonation.
Torrefacto (697) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Negro con espuma beis muy compacta y duradera. Aromas de tostados y resinas muy intenso. El cuerpo es medio, con un sabor inicial ligeramente maltoso, al que sigue un tostado y resinoso intenso que se traduce en un fuerte amargor duradero.
deyholla (7154) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at New Bohemia. Pours a deep brown with a tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Aroma combines earthy dark grains and grass with a bit of pine bitterness. Flavor has lots of earthy dark grains with and bit of grass and pine bitterness as well as some dry roasted malts in the finish.
Troupis (78) - - DEC 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Less hoppy than I like this feels like a half stout half ipa more than a black ipa. It doesn't have a lot of punch or bitterness but does taste good which keeps it high in my book. Very drinkable just not offensive enough for me :-)
Bottle in socal.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
crossovert (8178) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Black pour. A decent if not super hoppy black ipa that has a chocolate orange flavor adn doesnít need to be bitter to work.
fombe89 (138) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella @el cabanon ................................................ Aviles 23/12/2014
rjplumer (498) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted chocolate and nut aroma. Tan head that sticks around at one finger level. Pitch black body. Dark fruit roasted malt taste. Bitter but balanced with fruit sweetness.
patricks110 (1812) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a completely opaque black with a thick two fingers of dark beige head. The nose has nutty and chocolate notes with a light espresso roast on a robust roasted malt base. Light citrus hops in the middle with a bit of a metallic and floral hop flavour. The finish is robust and heavy with lingering bitterness and a dry astringent aftertaste.
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at GBBF 2012. Poured near black, with a thin off white head. Massive aroma of dark chocolate, resinous hops, liquorice, slight smoke and roast malt. Full mouth feel. Lots of bitter, grassy hops, with note of pine, burnt malt and berries. Finish was perfectly balanced bitter, burnt coffee and grain, with lots of lingering hops and just a touch of treacle. Lovely!
markas101 (1932) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Dark opaque brown. nice roasted malt with heavy pine tar aroma. Mellow flavour, bittersweet, then a resin finish.