5000 (6300) - 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.
drjay44 (2966) - 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
J_man (790) - 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.
CamdenD (1113) - 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.
rhialistic (156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, pours a deep brown with lacy tan head. Rich deep chocolate and dark roast coffee aroma balanced nicely by citrusy/resiny hops. Malty chocolately taste with a nice hop bite. Medium mouthfeel with a roasty smoky aftertaste.
Nickls (1978) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Foamy light tan head that lasts well, on a nearly black body. Very hoppy, pine, grapefruit rind, and some lacquer. Aroma lacks sweetness, and there is a nice dryness and slight spice from the rye that’s nice. Flavor follows suit, earthy, pine, and bright grapefruit. Medium to lighter body with vibrant carbonation.
tgncc (3014) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy hops on the nose, dank, earthy, floral hops, some roastiness. The appearance is deep murky brown, long-lasting tan head. The flavor is floral and earthy hops, dark chocolate, roast, spicy. The finish is floral hop bitterness, and a bready, spicy flavor. Medium/thik in body. Different. Interesting. Nicely done.
sloth (2640) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large tan head with good retention and a fair bit of lace. Black colored brew with some murky brown edging. nose of pine, light citrus and chocolatey roasty notes. Body is med/full, rather chewy with a soft carbonation and coating on the palate.Plenty of piney flavors and a bit too much cattyness for the roast and chocolate as it actually over powers. Cat piss and a little B.O. going a long ways in this brew. Fruity finish, roast and pine. Gotta stop buying these damn disappointing FW beers. I seem to get let down with them, alot. Meh, mediocre as expected. Bomber from statelineliquors.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the July 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with an enormous creamy dark tan head that lingered forever and left exceptional lacing. The aroma was roasty and bitter with gritty floral hops and vague fruity hops. The flavor was tangy, roasty and dry with sharp and harsh floral and fruity hops and anise underneath. The finish was long, dry roasty and floral with lingering anise. Medium body. Ok.