Calisky (1188) - ALSACE, FRANCE - OCT 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur noire, légère mousse beige. Nez malté grillé, café, notes caramel et houblon Gout malté grillé, café, notes douces caramel fruits noirs, bonne amertume houblonnée, corps legerement cremeux et bien rond en bouche. Longue amertume et note grillée en fin de bouche.
Steverus0 (203) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
More like a porter with extra hops (which is not to say bad).
Pours a coal black with light, toffee colored head. Roasted chocolate and caramel on the nose with just a hint of floral hops.
Heavy on the palate with your typical roasted caramels and just a hint of chocolate and toffee. Hops come through lightly but remain on the palate just a bit longer than the roasted notes.
I’d give this a higher rating if it were just a porter, but as a black IPA it wants just a bit more balance with the roasted and hoppy notes.
Jmar33 (181) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. I like it when black IPA’s are more like hoppy porter’s, so this is right up my alley. Strong hops, strong roast, strong beer!
Pailhead (5192) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, cookie dough, lighter pine, and some faint burnt notes. It pours a dark brown with significant orange highlights. It has a two finger khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker soapy ring. There is some thin soapy rings left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with starts with moderate chocolate (milk chocolate and dark chocolate) with a touch of caramel, light roasted malt, and a hint of cookie dough. The finish has moderate pine, burnt notes, and light grapefruit. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft moutheel. Overall, it definitely falls into the hoppy Porter category for me. Also, the burnt flavors are a little too much for my taste.
JBPortland (964) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours dark brown with light edges and two finger thick white head. Nose is earthy roasty soil, fruity light pine, touches of dusty cocoa, light malt fruit. Taste is somewhat thin, roasty malt fruit and wet soil and leaves mix with some soft piney cocoa and grass. Finish is bitter roasty malt fruit and light cocoa.
aletcm (141) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cor preta, com espuma café com leite de boa formação e persistência. Aroma de chocolate amargo, seguido de café. Sabor de chocolate amargo e café, com médio amargor, persistente só final. Boa Black IPA.
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John25 (731) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cola brown. Cocoa and coffee grinds aroma. The taste adds bitter piney hops and earthy malts. Big mouthfeel all around. One of the better black ipas.
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HippyHop (298) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unless I’ve been misinformed by two separate sources, DdC has actually stopped producing this beer. Luckily for me I live in a town of ignoramuses, so I picked up possibly one of the last sixers in existence. It was bottled in February, 2014, so I feel like it’s definitely lost some of its more pronounced hop notes, but man this stuff is still good.
Pours the darkest of browns with a beige cap that quickly fades to a thin film. Nose is chocolate, treacle, a lot of smokiness, a bit of pine hiding in the background. Taste is quite sweet through to the finish: sweet, smokey, chocolate malt, treacle, a hint of of liquorice and spice, lots of toasted notes. The finish is the real surprise though: an unexpected, but very pleasant, lingering bitterness, with heavy pine and bitter coffee notes. Alcohol is virtually undetectable. This was a really interesting beer and I’m sad to see it go.
(Note: I’m told it’s basically been replaced by the Disco Soleil, which is yet another great DdC offering, though completely different from the Penombre, so it seems a strange change.)
umich03jm (2221) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a small foamy head that fades to a thin ring and leaves some nice lacing. Really nice aroma of charred wood, burnt toast, pine, and cocoa. Tastes like ash, pine, cocoa, and light coffee. Moderate bitterness. Medium body. I love a good black ipa and this is a good one. Could maybe use a little more hops but I’m not sure how old this bottle is.
dlovell2 (949) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma with cocoa, coffee and pine aromas. Flavor starts off caramel malt with roasted smokiness followed by coffee and chocolate notes finishing with piney hop bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel.