RyanE (98) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like the label says, it is black. Little bit of dark chocolate brown highlights the dark liquid. Catch the hops on the nose but not a lot else. Nice mouth feel and great balance.
pmuzz (264) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This looks great, smells fantastic but still lacks a little something. Still very nice Black IPA, and in keeping with the style.
Maris (749) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 500ml bottle on 2/10/2012. Pours a dark amber with a small head. Has a moderate fruity, hoppy aroma with just a hint of chocolate. The flavour more full on with an interesting mix of roasty, resiny bitteress, set off against some sweet citrus fruit and touch of toffee. The carbonation is typical of an IPA. All in all, an enjoyable, high quality black IPA.
DuffMan (5192) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Grippitis and Parksy. Iíll begin by saying that never in my biggest hopes did I imagine finding such delightful kiwi microbreweries such as this one, here in little Medicine Hat! I had Croucher beers while living in New Zealand, and Iím so pleased that they have met such success to be able to offer their products around the world. This poured a dark chestnut brown with a tan head. Aroma surprised us all... by not being very appetizing. It was dominated by barnyard and pig manure notes, some wet compost. Pretty gross really. The flavours were much better, nice roast malt and soft tropical fruit hops. Moderately bitter finish. interesting brew.
gramity (1054) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark beer with ruby highlights, poured with a large frothy head that laced the glass well. Heavy citrusy hopbag aroma, bready malt notes on the nose also. Medium bodied beer, which drinks like an IPA and finishes roasty. Very well balanced beer.
pintbypint (1975) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 500ml brown bottle. Blackish pour, tan head with nice creaminess. Mild lacing. Light roasty nose, aromatic NZ type hops with a white wine and grassy sharpness. Taste has bright grass and citrus with grapefruit hops. Mild malts. Finishes with decent bitterness, grassy hops linger. Dry end. A bit off centre for black ipa, but overalll really good.
reebtogi (3262) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle pours almost black in color with a 2 finger white head that has good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is passionfruit and citrus with some caramel and roasted notes. Taste is passionfruit and grainy malt sweetness with some citrusy hop bitterness. Light to medium body with decent carbonation. A tasty brew that is highly recommended.
KeefOz (471) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured an opaque brownish black colour. Moderately thick beige coloured foamy head that disappeared fairly quickly. Aroma of hops. Taste dominated by roasted grain. Medium body. Finishes long, slightly sweet with slight bitterness. A tasty black ale!
Cantabrian (381) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 3, 2012
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 The label is clear about it: ďDonít buy this beer if you canít handle the hops.Ē So true, but I insisted on this Patriot, for the sake of drinking it to toast the 4th of July. My mistake. Well, in my opinion, hops has been historically added to beer as a preservative and flavouring agent, but in this case there is probably some beer added to hops extract. I had never had a so-called ďAmerican Black AleĒ and, besides the oxymoronic style ("Black IPA" - sic.), this has been a somewhat unpleasant experience. The beer has the overwhelming spicy esters of hops, but the flavours just fall apart into chloride, sodium and copper, with a lingering finish of aluminium and zinc. Iíd rather drink the farty sulphur-rich waters of Rotorua. But if you love hops, especially in a poor combination, hereís a nasty challenge... and probably a reawrding experience for you.
Rangi (381) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really like this style of beer so found this beer really enjoyable. Nice dark almost pure black pour, slight tan head. Nice floral hops with a nice amount of bitterness dominate the palate. Nothing over the top just a nice beer.