dfearnley (1807) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Toasted malt, Worcestershire sauce, pine, and bread.
Very dark brownish red with a very creamy, long lasting, 4 mm head and nice lacing. Taste is pine, lemon, toasted malt, grains, and a touch of coffee
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
rating from backlog. forgot to note anything on this one. nevertheless, it was very nice.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The head is robust, the body black. It smells maltaromatic, hoppy intensive, a bit roasty. The taste is maltaromatic, roasty, hoppy, bitter, coffee-bitter, hoparomatic, bit creamy, very nice and delicious! special for just 5.5% 4.1
M_Sack (620) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ the taphouse sydney. Wonderful beer. Great example of one of my favourite styles. Very dark brown with small, off white head and good lacing. Lovely aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine and toasty malt. Citrus and pine flavours dominate, however there is a perfectly integration of roasted malts and a touch of cocoa. Great resiny ipa mouthfeel.
sm89walt (1946) - 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 (21437) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 (933) - 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 (586) - 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 (14401) - 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 (1334) - 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!