Dommod2011 (704) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared with lots of people at Cott. Thin, no hops to speak of, but enough lubrication to get the evening started. Bish and I totally messed up the pouring, doesn’t bode well for BBB.
superspak (4239) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 9/11 on the label(2011?). Super highly carbonated upon opening. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger foamy and fluffy tan head that lasts forever, eventually reduces to a large cap. Foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, floral, pine, light citrus, and roasted earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance of roasted malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, light smoke, floral, grass, orange zest, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted and floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, char, floral, orange zest, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of roasted flavors with a good amount of hop presence; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slick, crisp, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good once the carbonation dies down. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good black IPA despite being old. Good balance of roasted malt and hop flavors; and smooth to drink after the excessive carbonation died down. A nicely enjoyable offering.
hayduke (4437) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This 22 oz bottle was courtesy of Strykzone via a trade. Thanks Dave. Bottling date of 2/20/12. Pours jet black with a really robust tan head and great lacing rings. Nose is resinous hops and chocolate malts. Medium body. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is roasted malts with pine and citrus hops. Dry finish with light bitterness. Very tasty and good for the style.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A - Black body with 2 fingers of sudsy khaki head that forms a nice collar and holds a thin ceiling throughout. A few one inch patterns of lacing left behind.
S - Dark cocoa, roasted/charred malts, bold green pine needles, slight oxidation.
T - Sticky pine resin laced with dark cocoa, heavy roasted malt fills the top of the mouth. Faint sour fruit notes. Bitter pine holds strong dominating everything in its path. Hints of cardboard and metal. Dry cocoa powder comes back around on the finish leaving a dry roasted finish.
M - Medium to moderate carbonation, light to medium body.
The nose brings a nice roasty charred aroma with pine filling the background. The flavor has an extreme dry and piney roast character that leaves me wanting more. The flavors don’t seem to go anywhere and have a sour mineral flavor that gets in the way. With all that said it gives you nice hop fix and super dry finish, if that’s what you’re looking for.
Serving type: bottle
marcus (8607) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours black with a huge tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a flat smoky molasses flavor with a fairly nasty bitter finish. This is a three year old bottle that may have gone bad.
oRos (1499) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours black with big off white head. Taste is malty and has a big Smokey taste. Not sure if it went bad or not
mikem409 (1961) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pour is light black with white head. aroma is sweet malt and grassy hop. taste is thiner body then there other black ipa. some fruit and bitter hop rather sweet
sir__v (1689) - Lille, FRANCE - MAY 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2015 Color: dark black beer with high brown head and small carbonation. Smell: caramel, hops, malt, licorice. Taste: malt, hops, caramel. Aftertaste: caramel, malt, hops.
Shaney (2424) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - APR 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Schwarz mit voluminöser Schaumbildung. Neben verhaltener Würze kommt ein sehr aromatisches Hopfenaroma hervor. Soweit so gut. Der Antrunk ist für ne Sekunde säuerlich-würzig, dann wird es rasant bitter und zwar Richtung Kohletablette, igitt! Enttäuschend auf ganzer Linie.
gyllenbock (6899) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, bottled 2/2012.
Almost black with a large tan head. Weak aroma with some hops, licorice and light roasted malt. Taste of mostly malt, also some licorice and light notes of hops. Drinkable but an old bottle with a light mouthfeel.