valpoaj (663) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap Pour - Black..minimal head - looks fierce. Admittedly, I didn’t read the description as well as I should have before imbibing this one...but it came through. More imperial stout than IPA on the nose, there is an underlying bitterness to the sweet, sugary malt...some coffee and vanilla notes as well. Flavor is pretty awesome - coffee notes with vanilla-heavy stout, good level of bitterness provides a great backbone to the heavy malt. Palate is medium-heavy bodied, but quite easy drinking, and the ABV is well hidden. Another encounter with this brewery and another solid win...great stuff, even if it doesn’t necessarily conform to the Black IPA moniker applied here.
Jeffsayyes (45) - - FEB 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More intense than expected, im going to wait a bit til i drive home. Bitter ipa shows through. Am now interested in anything evil twin. At keg no 229.
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alassio (82) - USA - FEB 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The creamy richness of this brew is hard to match - - then comes roasty sweetness countered and enhanced by pings and pangs of pretty, but still assertive hops. To quote Matthew Arnold, it’s "a darkling plain swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, where ignorant armies clash by night" but the armies are a pitched battle between frothy rich sweet warm stout and lovely strong hops - - and the brewer is definitely not ignorant. The mouthfeel alone is stratospheric. Note: I did drink this at room temperature and I can recommend the same.
BREWMUSKCLES (2398) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
good smokey flavor acrid with more than moderate body and imperial flavor moderated by some ipa. it is the quisen, quisentential aw fuck it it’s the best goddamn black and tan i ver... ever even imagined.
jsnicholas (398) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz $5) 10% ABV. Nearly black with one finger tan head. Looks like a stout. Aroma was mostly roasted malts. Flavor was also roasty. The IPA part made it seem a little thinned and a bit bitter in the finish.
Zakoon (274) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with a frothy off-white head. Aroma is coffee, citrus, chocolate malt and roasted malt. Flavour is roasted and slighty bitter. Body is medium, texture is on the thin side, average carbonation. Finish is ashy, roasted and resinous.
King_Alex_II (671) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This self mixed (50:50) version lost a bit of carbonation, so it seems a bit lifeless. The color is black, brown and white foam from both beers. The smell is not very special, but surprisingly, the imperial IPA actually is not dominated by its stouty counterpart. This beer is impressively balanced. The aftertaste is slightly edited with the bitterness and sweetness, which doesn’t fit perfectly, but the rest of the beer is awesome.
SinH4 (1131) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black & Tan from 1/3 of a bottle of Yin and Yang each. Beautiful black color with nice stable beige head, some white parts in the head as well. Pine hops, chocolate, caramel, liquorice, even nutty now, it always switches between the two components. Taste is rich and complex, of cocolate malts, toffee, vanilla, everything of the two individual beers mixed together, and boy, do they fit! A warming bitter finish. Fantastic. I wouldn?t have expected that I like the mix so much better than the individual ones.
DialSquare (3520) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Party Source in Cincinnati/Kentucky: dark roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, herbal, licorice, tea vibe, sharp. really well done, though don’t know that I’d have to revisit. 7.4
kevinsenn (1508) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Jane’s Beer Store, Mountain View, CA. Super roasty aroma, with floral and fruity notes. Taste of licorice, roasty, floral, citrus, molasses, and a long bitter finish. Thick body.