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.
Steverus0 (244) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus, pine, resin... In the nose and on the tongue. Caramels and roasted malts are there but secondary behind a black ale with toffee head
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Benfi (692) - DENMARK - NOV 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark mahogany with moderate retentive head. Aromas of pine, dark caramel, and sweet roasted malts. Flavors follow same with addition resin and dark fruit. very very nice
skmikeg (1472) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, dark coco, coffee, roasted malts, nutty malts, sweet malts, and some brown sugar. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, moderately bitter, long finish. Overall, a pretty nice, pretty hoppy, yet still somewhat balanced black IPA.
Boxereddy (262) - BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Zwart bier met een tuime beige schuimkraag.
Geroosterde mout in de neus met bloemige hoptoets.
Smaak is zeer hoppig, harsachtige sticky notes piney hop getemperd met een aangename koffie, chocolade, gebrande suiker en geroosterde mout.
Aangenaam mondgevoel met bittere afdronk en nieuwe smaakontwikkeling.
bulldogops (1402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #1250 10.09.2014 - Bottle from CBI. Pours a sinful black, with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is a violent clash between toasted malt, and piney, floral hops. Taste is extremely hoppy, resinous sticky piney hop notes tempered with a pleasant coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar sweetness of the toasted malt. Superb.
Moolesen (358) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 35,5cl. Black with a beige head. Strong hoppy aroma with some black roasted malt. Great taste. Fantastic how this beer balances the dark roasted malt with plenty of hops. Long finish. One of the best black IPAís Iíve tasted, if not the best.
mike_77 (4324) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with thick head. Aroma and flavour are initially dominated by fresh piney hop. Later the dark, roasted bitterness of the malts come through. Full flavoured. Dangerously easy to drink.
Abio (1817) - Waasland, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad beer at all, specially cause the abv isnít that high. A bit to simple, and not totally outbalanced.
kraddel (4961) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black , good grey head. Smell is bitter , fresh. Taste is bitter , dark chocolate intense. Balanced. Very nice.
Barrelbelly (723) - BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with large head. White foamy head. Too much added sugar. Hoppu and grainy finish.