Beaver (1392) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, "best after 5/29/10"? Pours a dark brown with a smallish light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is roasted malts and cola, with some piney hops and a little tar.
The flavor is roasted/burnt chocolate malts, a little cola and anise, with a big roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.
Overall, an interesting "black IPA" with good bitterness. I didn’t really care for the burnt/tar notes or the cola.
Nuffield (3740) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I just don’t get into this whole attempt to make a style out of this, and particularly to label it after the Cascadian region, when it was first brewed in Vermont and there’s nothing particularly northwestern about a black IPA. The apropos thing about drinking this was that I was camping and it was dark, so every step seemed a hop in the dark. Bottle.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. An extremely dark mahogany colored body supports a tall, lasting head of khaki colored froth. Thick, patchy, pronounced swaths of lacing coat the glass very well. The nose is indeed quite hoppy, showing bold pine and citrus notes amidst a fairly dry malt base of black patent roast and singed bread. The dryness of the malt really allows the biting hops to shine. Flavors follow suit, quite bitter and resinous, showing pine and spruce most prominently, but also some pithy grapefruit rind. Powdered cocoa, dark toast, and dry, crackery yeast are just as important to the overall profile. Well after the swallow, biting resins continue to coat the tongue and the roof of the mouth. The palate sports a moderate body that is very dry, almost bone dry in fact, with a sharp, citrusy-resinous, bitter edge and medium carbonation. Overall, it’s a pretty solid brew. Definitely a good representation of the style.
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a dark brown/nearly black color with a fluffy tan colored head.
S: A nice citrus hop aroma up front with some roast and a hint of bitterness behind it. The hops are somewhat short lived and the various malts (especially the roast) come through the rest of the way.
T: The hop flavor is not quite as intense and pronounced as I would have expected. This comes across as more of a hoppy porter than anything, but the flavor seems a bit watery at time so you do not get the full effect of the hops nor the roast/malty qualities.
M: As mentioned above, this one seems to be slightly watery with a low to moderate carbonation.
D: One of the few (only?) disappointing efforts from Deschutes. I really liked Stone 11/SSR, so I thought this one would be right up my alley, but it falls short.
exparte (59) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: grapefruit hops, sweet, distinct yeast earthiness. Appearance: Black, thick mocha head, dissipates quickly, little lacing. Taste: sweet upfront, quite bitter towards the end. Palate: medium body, soft carbonation, lingering citrus bitterness. Overall: similar but inferior to Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous. Nice hop profile but could be bigger. Simple malt profile that disappoints but still quite enjoyable.
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is strong pine and resiny hops. If I didn’t look at the beer, I would think this is a standard orange American IPA. The flavor is pine, resin and just the slightest bit of dark malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
RSRIZZO (1873) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 44°. Color is black with good carbonation and a tall rocky head. Aroma is lightly roasted with a sweet fresh hop scent pushing through. Medium body goes down smooth with a foamy feel. Flavor comes on bold with deep roasted coffee that has a hint of chocolate, then the hops give a bright fresh floral taste and a touch of honey before a nice bitterness comes out. In the after taste the honey seems to stand out a little more, as it fades the bitterness is left to linger on. This is a great brew, complex with bold flavors. Black IPA’s are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at O’Briens. Arrives black and opaque, thin tan head with thin, stringy lace. Aroma is subtle, but features roasty malts with floral and lightly evergreen hops. Bitter flavor from both the roasty malts and the brash hops that lend both a pine and herbal character. Med body, fine, tingly carbonation.
Atom (1591) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle pours dark brown/black with big tan frothy head. Aroma of earthy pine and citrus. Smooth and balance taste of pine and citrus medium body with after taste of slight coffee. Very decent.
DocLock (8246) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Capone’s. This one pours dark blackish with 1f off tan head and some turbidity. Nose is....wow....great drk patent malt, dark choc, huge resiny drippy wet piney hops. Tastes malty, very resiny piney hoppy, with tons of hops throughout, and the dark malt here stayed a bit in the background and remained an accompaniment rather than the main course. Maybe I’ve stumbled upon the dark malt hop remedy....keep the malt bill big but do not overshadow the hops. Very nice flavor here and a smooth palate. Like a little brother of black butte with tons of hops.