bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Going solo on this bomber. Bottled 9/9, so just under a month old. Warmed to 50 degrees and poured into #properglassware #likeaboss #hashtag.
Aroma is surprising. Lots of evergreen mixed with lavender, tangerine, and booze. Appearance is stylistically spot-on for a dark IPA. Dark brown/black body that isn’t opaque, but is close enough if you’re looking from a few feet. White-khaki head leaves beautiful lacing in my Firestone snifter. Taste is the moneymaker for this beer. First wave is all hop; citrus, pine, grapefruit, grass. Second wave is where the malts and spicy rye take over; chocolate, mild roast coffee, light toffee, and a spicy finish. After a few sips I realize this is actually a pretty juicy, citrusy hop profile, and am amazed that the brewers could integrate that so seemlessly with the malt character. Palate is heavier than expected for an IPA, but what I’d expect for a black IPA. I really like the juicy palate and taste I first experience, and how that is replaced by a drier, roastier finish.
I really like this beer. I wish they sold it in 4 packs.
strongpieman (1648) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Solid black beer with a tall foamy tan head. Strong rye aroma, rich, full body, bitter finish. All around excellent.
Gramoit (409) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great brew. Glad I bought a few of these, strong hoppy and once warmed a little, some of the rye spicynes and roasty flavours. This is my type of beer!
IndianaRed (3845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle, pours a deep dark brown black with some highlights on the edges. Sturdy light tan head, maintaining a blanket across the top. Very big fresh hop aroma, mainly straight IPAish, very little darkness or roast here, yet. Flavor is mildly roasted but just enough to push it past IPA. The lingering bitterness is a bit odd.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, at the american section of the 2013 berlinerbierfest where i devoted a fair chunk of the day. dark brown in the sunlight with a thin head; aroma of burning pine and liquid rye; some mars bar flavours with a good grapefruity whack of bitterness
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared by madBeerBaron. Chalky black-brown body. Lacy beige head. Big, rich, full bodied..but not overbearing. Minty gingerbread. chocolate, caramel molasses. All you could want in a Rye Black IPA. Sweet and sugary.
danielecamo (839) - ITALY - SEP 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colore nero impenetrabile. ..schiuma cipiosa e persistente. Aroma di erbaceo pungente, pino, resina e tostato in fine.. .in bocca tostato prolungato con finale erbaceo ed amaro lungo e persistente. Ottimo equilibrio, corpo medio.
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a thick brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and earthy, citrusy hops. Creamy mouthfeel,soft carbonation. The spicy rye comes through along with other roasted malt characteristics and a lingering citrus bitterness. Great finish.
rougeau13 (2630) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a frothy beige head and thick lacing. Aroma of roast, tropical fruit, citrus, and coffee. Taste is roasty and mildly bitter. Medium bodied and very dry. Damn good.
AshtonMcCobb (5372) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle thanks to allmyvinyl.
Appearance - opaque black with a big crema head.
Nose - herbaceous, grassy and citrus (grapefruit). No chocolate.
Taste - grapefruit pith, herbs chocolate in the background. Lime marmalade.
Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a very dry zingy finish.
Overall - I prefer my black IPAs to be a bit chocolatey as well as haveing the citrus. This is one for the hop-heads. Good though.