VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark is probably an understatement. Pouring this beer and itís closer to pitch black. In fact, I hold it up to the light and I donít think I can see anything. Maybe some deep dark mahogany but thatís it. Head is a nice tan made up of loosely knit bubbles that stick around for a quite a while. My glass has the start of some beautiful lacing. Roasted malt hits the nose first, though there is some hop character sitting at the edges waiting to burst through. First sip is revelatory; dark malt gives way to citrus hop character. This is one of the first examples of a CDA (or black IPA, or IBA, or whatever you want to call it), and you can see why others went out of their way to emulate it. Itís this perfect cacophony of malt, followed by hops, with more malt chasing into the finish. Trying to name the flavors can be difficult. Burnt caramel, light char, orange, grapefruit, tangerine. It all works in this beer. Finishes dry and doesnít cloy at all. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, though thereís a nice amount of carbonation to help things move along. As the beer opens there is some alcohol character present in the finish, though it never moves beyond that. Iíd be really curious to see how this pairs with food. My hunch is that this would go great with a grilled steak salad. A fantastic take on a burgeoning style.
CopterScott (160) - Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
black with about a finger of tan head. Aroma is light pine hops and roast. Flavor is light hops, roast, cocoa, and coffee.
abcfan (747) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nicely done. Pours deep brown with no head. Pine hop aroma in front. Silky smooth in mouth, biter hop finish.
commonmac (414) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Busters. Deschutes tap takeover. Snifter glass. Dark black color. Decent head with more than decent lacing. Aroma is mostly citrus with subtle hops. Taste leans on freshness with hop influenced characteristics. Some roasted notes as exemplified by subtle bitterness. Bright and refreshing. Actually a very decent option as black IPAs go. I would order again.
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"a surprisingly easy drinking black ipa. strong, but not an imperial. well balanced nose-roasted malt, chocolate, nw hops. pretty black. medium bodied & flavorful. lots of piney hops and roasted black malt. a touch of coffee as well. well done. 6/10-bottle...ditto."
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black, slight brown hues, finger creamy tan head, nice lacing. Aroma dank pine, grapefruit, earthy, doughy and roast malt. Taste mostly balanced, citrus and pine hops, slight tropical, roast malt, not malty, but not bitter, well made. Mouthfeel medium body low-medium carbonation, slight roast and hop astringency, finish on dry side, but sweeter than an ipa. Overall very nice beer, hops and roast nicely balanced, I will seek this out more often, this should be the benchmark for this new style.
julesjis (151) - Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22oz. Initial nose is toasty, hoppy and coffee like. Taste is surprisingly watery for the aroma and color. It does have a nice bitter taste with a hoppy bite. Overall a decent CDA, but not a lot of depth to it.
liquidhedonism (185) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from Albertsonís in Hillsboro, OR. Initial nose is roasty and creamy. After tasting, I get strong, dry coffee roastiness and hoppy bitterness, which overpower the malt thatís hiding in the background. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit sweet at first, but has a very long bitter and astringent finish. I wish this one had a stronger malt backbone to balance out the astringency of the roasted grains and hops. All in all, not too bad.
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[ Keg ][ 16oz ][ Hay Merchant Houston TX ][ $5-6 ][ Conical Pint ][ 9.1.14 ]
>> Deeper black pour with gray foam and great lacing. Nose is black olive and piney hops. Taste is piney, resinous, black beldi olive, forest floor, aggressive bitterness, unsweetened dark chocolate, orange peel dark chocolate, soil, dirt. Still, good. A bit too much black olive in the aroma. Aggressive spicy hop body with medium alcohol. Assertive, high IBUs, very nice. Great pair with spicy food.
GenDV138 (1834) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Best by 8/21/2014. Black with a finger of tan head. Nice webby lacing. Aromas of chocolate, roast, pine, floral notes. Tastes of floral notes, chocolate, roast, pine, caramel. Medium body with a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Still good despite it being around 2 weeks past the best by date.
jsquire (3565) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark beer with a thin beige head. Sharp pine and orange peel nose. A bit of pine and more citrus hop flavors over a caramel sweetness and a bitter burnt grain astringency. Full flavored CPA.