corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I've not developed a taste for stouts and this tasted like a hoppy stout. I think Firestone Walker did a good job within this style, but I didn't enjoy it.
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown with ruby red hints on the edges. Khaki rocky foam head, decent lacing. Nose is mostly from the hops, their is a spicy note from the rye. As in many such chimeric concoctions, one tends to dominate. Usually with black ipas it is the heavy porter or stout side of things with hops added . Here the hops take center stage and the roasty malt presence is in a supporting role.
salvaticas (534) - - JUL 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, very hoppy on the nose. Nice flavor but a little flat of a finish. It's ok
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Beerenberger (1581) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong citrus, pine aromas. Pours a solid black-brown with a thin head, which quickly becomes a ring. Modest lacing noted. The taste is bitter. Grapefruit, slight toasted malts, with a grainy aftertaste. There is also a subtle peppery presence. Medium body and carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel. Overall, very drinkable, but I would like to have tasted a little more malts upfront. Would drink again.
jlruthven (594) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown highlights, off-white head. Decent lacing. Big porter notes up front: roasted malts, a tad nutty, bakerís chocolate and toasted caramel. Piney, woody hops kick in later. Spicy hops play nicely with the rye notes, cuts the dark malts pretty well. Good stuff.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: I always thought ry smoothed out IPAs and DIPAs, but I think this is my first proof of it smoothing out a Black IPA. This had tons of different flavors but none of them dominate. It was like a Rock and Roll super group with members (in flavors) that all have such big egos that not one individual outshine the others. But to me that isnít necessarily the greatest thing for a black IPA. Very easy to drink, but I almost missed come of the harshness thatís normally present in a black IPA.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured pretty much black with and average tan head. The aroma had moderate coffee, dark chocolate, grain, roasted and burnt malts; moderate pine, grapefruit, orange and earthy hops; hints of smoke and a little dark fruit. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. There was roasted malt, burnt malt, bitter dark chocolate, slightly smokey, pine hops, grapefruit, orange hops, spicy rye, a little grain, hints of coffee, and something sort of smokey and earthy. The medium to full body was a little oily and then dry with soft yet tingly carbonation that seemed to get more fizzy as time went by and a slightly astringent finish.
hawthorne00 (3051) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 10C. Black with a large beige head that fades to a coat and laces well. Aroma of grapefruit, breadcrusts, cocoa, lychees. Very smooth textured, moderate carbonation is just right. Alcohol not obvious at all. Some slight singed notes and bread but they complement the citrus and tropical flavours nicely. Enough bitterness. Dryish at the end. Dangerously swiggable and quite delightful.
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hop aroma. Hits the mouth like a very good IPA, but with a thicker mouth-feel and a bit of roast as the hops fade. Very nice.
Berard (500) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown, nearly black. Tan head that dissipates to a thin layer. You can smell the hops but it isn't overwhelming. There is a nice balance of roasted malt and ipa hop taste. It does both well. Imagine a hoppy Guiness. Yum!
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acearl (444) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown-black hue with thick creamy lasting tan head, smells of pine needles and citrus, some roast but nothing too much, strong medium texture, tastes a bit roasted,smooth, some caramel in the back end, very balanced, best black IPAs i have had and one of my favorite beers as well