gyllenbock (5022) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the hotel room in New York, bought at Whole Foods Bowery in August 2012.
Black with a large tan head. Nice hoppy aroma with roasted malt. Also a light smokiness. The taste was nicely balanced with a lot of hops. Not extremely bitter and heavy. Smooth and really drinkable. Propably the best Black IPA that I have tasted to date.
bmerz (715) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Breukelen bier merchants. Tapped today. Near opaque black brown with ridiculous lace. Big citrus pine spice and fresh rye bread. Flair is grapefruit, resin, cedar, spice and bitterness aft the end. Very soapy but prickly mouth feel. Love this.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Black is right, large pillowy tannish head, very nice lacing. Very nice lacing in fact. Moderate pithy nose, zesty, with some burnt orange peel. Smooth on the tongue, hoppy, semi-sweet, not overly bitter. Very nice balance, and very silky. Very very smooth. Not too heavy, but nice as it is. This is superb! Not as black as others, but thats fine with me. Roastiness is mild, but seems in check. This one is clean, not overly bitter, with a nice crisp sweetness you don’t often find in this style. Probably my favorite of the style so far.
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: black with large tan head. Aroma is hoppy pine and grapefruit with a touch of roast grain; ends a little catty. Flavor is resiny pine mixed with some grainy bitter chocolate and a little tartness and toffee in the end. Palate is mostly dry, light bitter and a rather thin body for all the flavor. Ok beer but I was hoping for a more cohesive flavor and malt balance.
J_man (734) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crystal clear but quite dark with a garnet hue under bright light and a tan head. Grassy, catty hop aromas along with dark roasted malt make an impressive start. The dark roasted taste of wood and dark chocolate crash land on the tongue at the same time the extensive bitterness does. Although these are usually not tastes that go together in a beer, they are awesome here. The rye also stands out nicely here as a spicy, husky background to everything else here. The bitterness becomes more piney and sticks to the tongue all through the finish and then some, along with bittersweet chocolate. This is one big, tasty beer!
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful dark pour with creamy head. Maltier than other Black IPA’s. The citrus hops make it quite refreshing.. Dark beer lovers have a warm weather option.
drjay44 (2730) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, light beige head, with moderate lacing, over a brownish black (SRM 35) body.....nose is pine, resin, cocoa.....taste is chocolate, cocoa, barest hint of coffee, pine, citrus, rye spice, finishing with a moderate lingering, pine/grapefruit bitterness.....mouth feel thick, alcohol hidden carbonation adds to creaminess. This is well balanced and has all of the nuances of the Black IPA style. It is quite a delicious beer. The alcohol level is high enough to create a new beer category, the Double/Imperial Black IPA. BJCP 8/3/15/5/7
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nearly sour flavor to this beer. Extremely interesting. Rye flavoring is evident and the ’spiciness’ is as well. The bitterness is present but not strong. ABV is well-hidden.
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a dark amber almost black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty hoppy piney rye aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter piney flavor with hints of licorice. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter piney finish.
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good head, off white, great lacing. Mostly diminishing, great hoppy aroma.
Sweet start with bitter finish.
Medium body dark active carbonation