onceblind (4330) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour under a thin white rocky cap. Thereís an aroma thatís roasty and black but somehow reminds me of paper, with a roasty sweetness and a touch of floral/citric bitterness. Good not-acidic flavor of roast and deep bakers chocolate with some pine and orange zest, maybe some earthy fresh floral hops and a bit of sweet almost-coffee-like roast. If I didnít know better I would have thought this was a slightly-hoppier-than-normal-Porter/Stout. Not super bitter at all.
RSRIZZO (1855) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2012
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Tap at Crazy Mountain Brewing. Color is black with good carbonation that gives a big thick brown head that settles down slowly to be thin and tight. Aroma is where things went all wrong, its old dish water with a hint of hops. Flavor comes out of a medium body with the same musty old dish water thing as the aroma with some bitterness and a hint of pine showing. I ask for a fresh pour in a new glass and it was just the same. This is the worst Black IPA I have had and can only hope that something was wrong with this batch. If I ever get a chance to try it again Iíll rerate it, till then this was just bad.
Ratman197 (9986) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, earthiness, light grapefruit and a hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, earthiness, light grapefruit and a hint of pine with a smooth dry lingering roasty bitter finish.