mansquito (4342) - 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
Blanchardís, 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, Iíve ever had. Kind of strange and perhaps is an intentionally unbalanced beer. In any case, I though it was drinkable enough.
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, dark black pour, citrusy hops and roasted malts in aroma. Not an overly pungent aroma. Flavor is PNW hops, chalky roasted maltiness, light coffee. As with the aroma, the flavor is somewhat light too. Not a huge fan of black ipaís but this is decent
MaBeer1972 (1512) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Jet black. Little to no head. Metallic aroma. Bitter black-coffee flavors. Dry aftertaste. not very impressive at all.
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a nice looking mahogany with semi loose mocha head. The aroma offers up dark roasted coffee , dark roasted malts and chocolate as well as spicy and earthy hops in the background. The taste jumps at you all at once with a rolling and twisting mix of dark roasted coffee, spicy hops, resiny bitter pine hops, some chocolate and dark roasted to burnt malts. As the taste goes to midway and then toward the finish the highly roasted to brunt malts take over the flavor leaving timid levels of spicy and resiny hops and coffee behind mumbling to themselves in the corner. Nice stuff.
johnnnniee (3048) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2011 New 4 pack Black IPA, 8 dollars, yes please.
Pours a solid black with a frothy creamy khaki head that sticks around forever a leaves lots of sticky lace. Smell is piney and citrusy with hints of garlic and a solid roasted grain backbone. Smells like a hoppy porter, but these two style lines are so blurry who the hell knows. Taste is roasted coffee with a mineral edge. Pine and citrus come out to cut through the roast and almost succeed. Mineral earthy roasty finish lingers after every sip. Moderate carbonation and body with a resinous acridic mouthfeel. Decent black IPA but really straddling the porter line with this one. Iím a bit disappointed that the artwork didnít make it onto the 12oz bottle label, oh well.
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Toastedd malty flavor with a lingering finish.
HonkeyBra (3832) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the racist beer, right? Pours a deep black with a big, thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, mild happiness. Flavor had a big bitterness component, mild chocolate and roast. Some touches of coffee. Lightish bodied, very smooth mouthfeel, bitterness showcases itself in the finish. Pretty interesting beer. At least, very solid offering from Clown Shoes.
beerbastard (808) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The nose has a good balance of hop and malt. The first taste shows a dark malt bitterness along with the hop flavor. The palate is a little thin.
Smooth dry finish. This will work as a session beer for me. Very astringent, because of the dark roasted malts and hops. Love the picture, and not offended by it.
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with good, foamy, cappuccino head / Modest nose of roast barley and citrus / Light body, high carbonation, watery, with otherwise good balance / Flavors of dark roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate, orange, and bubblegum / More punch to the body and this could be very good.
auerbrau (3191) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Having a hard time coming to a conclusion with this beer. I donít understand the use of orange peel and see it as muddying the flavor profile. The blackness is almost too ashy and the hops are a clean, minty bitterness, as opposed to a floral, fragrant punch I would expect from most West Coast hops. This feels like an amped-up Schwarzbier with some more hops, which pretty well describes a Black IPA.