Palme (3237) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 0.65l bottle @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. Clear deep dark brown in the glass with her a red hue and a small islandy and sidesticking beige top. Really minty aromas, traces of chocolate, licorice and the hops cut nicely through it all, but that mint almost reminds me a bit of toothpaste! Lovely smooth in the mouth, as smooth as they come really, and it has a soft comfortable carbonation level. Some sweetness like the one found in brown sugar, licorice, itís light herbal in a way and well hopped! Ends light warming with a dry tongue and a roasted aftertaste. Smooth! 04.05.2013
waolsen (1353) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. dark pour with thick frothy tan head. lacing. citrus, piney aroma. slightly cream bout. nicely hopped, citrus and great balance. light toasty malt. fresh. best black ipa Iíve had.
CJ_Pain (73) - Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A solid black IPA. Prefer a little more malt backbone in mine otherwise what's the purpose of them, just my opinion. Prefer my rye to have that sharpness to it that distinguishes it as a rye. This brew had neither the rye I prefer, frankly if it wasn't for "rye" in the name I wouldn't know it was supposed to be in there, nor the malt backbone usually present in the black ipa's. This is still a good beer without labels however not what it is billed as.
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SlimHabib (120) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour. Dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Smooth but slightly creamy palate. Strong espresso taste that has a lingering aftertaste. A well made beer but not my preferred style.
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TXBadger (1244) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with off-white head. Floral notes, some citrus, and some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate.
NeoHippie2 (924) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown almost black pour with a light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts with citrus and floral hops. Flavor is dry upfront with lots of citrus/floral hop notes balanced by a nice roasty malt backbone. Very well balanced. This makes me rethink Black IPAs altogether. Solid brew.
BrewGoblin (260) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like watching a lion fighting a bear, the only winner is you. Like both beasts, this B.R.I.P.A. is bold, roaring with flavour and not for the faint of heart to tackle. I would even add the moniker "Imperial" to the title of this heavyweight but then itíd be absolute madness to rhyme itís name off. A full/medium hulk whose colour has seen itís share of midnights, topped off with a big frothy tan head and a chewy yet carbonated muscle tone. Taste and smells of peppery rye spice, leather, burnt wood, caramel, dark toasted bread, molasses and cocoa. The rye really kicks this up a notch, not that it needed it. Light background floral and citrus hops keep this potent pugilist from being to malt-aggressive. Lovely jubbly.
DialSquare (2526) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber smuggled back from Vegas by Lynn (thanks!): Blackish pour. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, nutty, roasty. Tastes are herbal, minty, crisp, dark malt, light bitter, toasty, wood, spice, even. 7.6
JerseyHophead (20) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown/black with moderate head retention. Not a very hop forward nose. Initial flavors of caramel malt. Itís got a medium bodied mouth feel with slight carbonation. Finish is a bit more on the rye side with a hoppy presence as well.
This is one of the better balanced black IPAs Iíve had. Not too much hop, not too much malt. Rather the two really complement each other. Itís also fairly drinkable for an IPA. Iím not big on black IPAs but Iíd certainly recommend this one.
dliberto (138) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter. Pours a dark black with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is espresso, chocolate, mocha, bourbon, and hops. Taste is a nice dark chocolate mixed into a coffee house coffee, nice hop presence that is not bitter but gives it a sweet taste. Heavy bodied, medium carbonation. Almost perfect, I love this beer, wow.