sm89walt (1816) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught - O’Carrolls Treehouse, Auckland. I must confess that I was somewhat perplexed when I came here to add my notes and found it listed as a black IPA. For me, this beer is all about the dark malts, the coffee and roasted malts in particular. There are subtle citrus hop notes but they are decidedly in the minority on this occasion. Medium body, soft carbonation, a rounded mouthful and an enduring coffee malt finish coupled, again delicately, with a citrus undertone. A fine and fading beige head leaving a soapy lace atop an opaque brown - near black - body. Really good stuff irrespective of style.
Travlr (15867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Extremely dark maroon color, large fluffy beige head with good retention. Aroma of peppery pine boughs on a background of long black. Taste is bright pine with roasted coffee grounds and bitter cocoa. Exactly what a black IPA ought to be. Delicious.
pictoman (777) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 500mL bottle. Clear very dark brown with nice beige head. Predominant hoppy aroma, hint of caramel. Tastes starts off hoppy and quickly recedes into a chocolatey roasted mouthfeel. Dry finish, medium body.
DylansDad (449) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Schizophrenic aroma, one minute the orangey simcoe dominates (yum) next sniff it’s all musty carpet. As it warms, though, the musty carpet is uplifted leaving only the orange and slight caramel. At first, I thought this beer was a bit uninspiring, but once it had been open for a while, it really came into its own. Lesson: drink the whole bottle by yourself.
mcberko (9339) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL bottle, pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of lightly toasted malt, a little char, and some piney hops in the background - not as hoppy on the nose as many black IPAs out there. Flavour is similar, bringing out lots of roasted / toasted malt upfront, transitioning to dry piney hops on the finish. Not the hoppiest or full-bodied of black IPAs, but pleasant enough flavours and kind of a thin palate. Good stuff, but leaves a little to be desired.
beer-yum (816) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2015 An excellent black IPA. This is a great beer to consume at the start, middle, or end of a session. Basically, a jack of all trades - and a master of all!
Oakes (13537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
American black ipa. Med brown, med head, toasty, grapefruity, minty, chocolatey -fun stuff. Taste is toasty and woody, w light mint and herbal hop.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a near-black mahogany with a thin light-tan head with decent retnetion and some lace. Earthy, chocolate & molasses aroma. Thin but flavourful body, earthy mushroom & light chocolate, guava, moderate hops - decent carbonation. Very pleasant, sessionable beer, however not all that hoppy.
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown colour with small off white head amounting to a few spots and a light ring around the glass after a few minutes with moderate lace. Aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and roasted malts. Flavours are citrus, pine, roasted barley, medium bitterness and overall a bit thin, could use a bit more of a malt backbone. Good beer, not sure if there’s a style for it yet.
Reimer96 (1511) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark brown color with a big frothy light brown head. Aroma is a big citrus burst with fruity tropical fruit esthers like passion fruit and guava. Taste is citrus hops with much of the same tropical fruit flavors and some roasted malts in the background. Not really a black ipa, needs more of the porter aspects to give it more body otherwise this just seems like a sessionable dark hoppy beer.