penstemon (103) - - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of pine and citrus, roasted malt, and caramel. Taste of roasted malt (coffee, chocolate, caramel), grapefruit, orange, earthy, bitterness. Great CDA. Roasty malts over juicy hoppy IPA, but not in a discordant way.
Gerbeer (1405) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of pine and tobacco. Flavors of pine and grapefruit with a bit of eucalyptus, roasted malts, and dark fruit.
pumpkin (28) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle is older it says BEST AFTER : 06/26/10 1029 G, Pours dark dark.. brown in color nice tan brown head that fades into nice brown tan lacing, smells of fruits malty roasty and some piney hops. Taste is piney and a little fruit like, also get chocolate and dark malt taste, slight bitter hop finish, very lite carbonation. Not perfect may be too old?
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. . Big thanks to Matt (mfavoino) for sending this my way. Best by date of 9-21-2012.
A: Pours a dark black color with a huge layer of tan foam forming on the pour. The head has amazing retention and leaves some nice sticky webbings of lace.
S: Bursts of citrus, bitter pine and roasted malts all mingle together. Slight hints of chocolate mix with a nice malty sweetness as well.
T: More bitter roasted malts with the hops peaking up mid palate. Citrus zest, some orange peel and slight green pine. The finish is clean, but then some sweet chocolate notes and slight roasted malts creep back up on the very back end.
M: Medium bodied with a nice medium-high carbonation. The finish is nice and roasty.
O: Great beer. We’re heading down towards the "best by date" so I’m not sure if the hops would have been more vibrant a few months ago. I might have liked it a tad more then. Either way I wouldn’t hesitate to have this again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-07-2012
jeffs515 (123) - Ogden, Utah, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is an amazing Carmely sweet citrus hops. Pours a dark brown with thick creamy tan head that stays thought the entire drink leaving a really thick lacing. Taste is very creamy malty at first but it is definitely an ipa with all of the floral hops citrus and a little pine with a coffee after taste. Overall this is a really great thick beer.
77ships (3260) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thx. to Travlr for this one. 66 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBSG. Pours dark brown with a mocha head. Fruity nose with light berries blended with semi-dominating roasted malts, stronger coffee, hops are coming through lighter. Taste is thicker roasted malts, some lighter mocha and coffee sweetness, caramel, hops are not terribly strong, coming through lighter in the end, bit floral hops. m/m body, not bad.
northropfrye (1888) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in colour with brown head. Coffee flavour, bitter, nice black IPA. On tap at JL Beers Grand Forks.
GarrettB (898) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
May 30th, 2010 - My first Black IPA was a pivotal experience in my beer drinking “career.” It demonstrated that hybrid flavors can mix and mingle and flow like a new, organic creature. It was hybridization at its best - evolution and advance. But this is not a hard and fast rule for new styles, as I soon found out with Deschutes Hop in the Dark. I might blame circumstances like the time of day, or the lingering effect of the last meal on my palate. but the Hop in the Dark tasted like a bipolar, confused beast. It begins with a welcome aroma of raisins, chocolate milk, cobwebs, wet granite and dark, deep malts. This bouquets always remind me of the best of dark beers, and the Hop in the Dark’s nose only served to raise my already high expectations for Deschutes’ work. But the beer itself tastes like it hasn’t yet had a chance to fully settle. There are elements of a porter clashing with elements of an IPA. First the porter clambers on top of the IPA, boasting mellow malty flavors and relaxed brown sugar notes. Than the IPA ekes out it’s time on top, showing off its hoppy bitterness. This cycle continues through the aftertaste, unified only by a nice dose of alcohol. Even so, this beer feels divisive and confused, sending my taste buds into a dizzying back-and-forth neck exercise to catch the attention of both players.
lusikka (5175) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Thanks dalezilla!
Pours a pitch black colour with a firm off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, chocolate and spruce. Flavour of roasted malts, floral hops, grass, dark chocolate and some dried exotic fruits such as mango. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a strong lingering bitter finish with fruits and some chocolate. A great generously hopped black IPA.
wilnatp (507) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is dark brown but verigated to almost black. Head is off-white. Aroma of coffee, hops, chocolate, and malt. Taste is complex, bittter and sweet and balanced.