obguthr (4371) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pine, grapefruit peel, and orange peel aroma. Mahogany, medium beige head, good lacing. Charcoal initially. Swift transition to orange peel. Finishes with pine. Smooth bitterness without being resinous or biting. A good everyday IDA.
ExpendableHero (770) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown beer, with a nice off-white head. Aromas of mild earthy hops. Taste is a bit one dimensional: dry, herbal hops through and through. Not much malt backing up the hops, maybe some hints of watered down black coffee here and there. Dry, hoppy finish. Not bad.
alexanderj (3381) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured a dark brown/black color with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of earth, fruit, roasted, with caramel. Very roasted and earthy; not feeling this one that much.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick opaque black. Khaki colored head. solid hop aromas and flavors, light pine, and citrus, yet faint. rich roasted malts. solid and smooth, very crisp.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a dark brown colr with a huge ass three finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. That head would just not settle. Aroma is pine hops and light chocolate. Flavor is pine and herbal hops, light roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate. The bitterness really lingers in this bad boy. Medium body. This is one of the more bitter black IPA’s I’ve had. Nice.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium creamy brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and something faint that seems dirty and off. The taste is bitter hops, some roastiness in the finish and faint nuttiness. Medium bodied. A bit muddled and well off balance.
BeerandBlues2 (10515) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a large, frothy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, coffee, and chocolate malt, floral and woody hops, and notes of prunes and figs. Flavor is dark and lightly bitter malt with woody and earthy hops, dark fruity esters, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
mcox90 (1639) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Tully’s, Wells Maine. Pours almost jet black with no light penetration. A little mahogany around the edges. A gentle pour nets a 1 finger, dense mocha head. Spotty lace. Aroma is pine resin mixed equally with astringent burnt malt. Taste is initially all burnt malt and char, quite bitter. Then the pine/grapefruit flavors make themselves known and all is well. Medium to light on the palate with a bitter, astringent finish. I’d buy it again.
TheBeerGod (5456) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2011 Bottle. I guess after all of the turmoil, Clown Shoes caved in and did not use the "controversial" label. (***Update*** Per user Tuscadero aka Stacey, who is the graphic designer for Clown Shoes - the 12 oz bottle does not have the "controversial" label due to space issues. The 4 pack carrier for the 12 oz bottles and the 22 oz bottles still have the label). Pours black with a tall, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, resinous and herbal hops, licorice and citrus. Taste is big roasted malt, pine resins, herbal hops, licorice and light citrus. Body is medium with a dense, prickly carbonation. Finishes with more roasted malt, herbal hops, pine, tar, licorice and light citrus.
mansquito (3913) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blanchard’s, Allston 650ml ($5.50): Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts and plenty of citrus. Taste is very grapefruit hops, more so slanted in that direction than any other Black IPA, I’ve ever had. Kind of strange and perhaps is an intentionally unbalanced beer. In any case, I though it was drinkable enough.