beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 4/28/2012. This black IPA pours an eclipse black color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized beige foamy head, with nice retention. The aroma is roasty malt, a little chocolate and a little coffee, some citrus and some spiciness. A medium bodied black IPA. The malts are roasty, carmely, fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and citrusy. Nice rye spiciness. Nice carbonation. Roasty, citrusy and spicy. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
douglas88 (6053) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to Craig. Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head. A rich nose of roasted malts, chocolate and light fruity hops. The flavor is similar: rich sweet and bittersweet chocolate, light bitterness, fruit, spicy rye. Very good. Mellow, like Dubhe but a bit less.
Arayaga2 (1784) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a bit of off white head. Aroma is roast and citrus and so is the taste with some more developed coffee notes. $6/22oz
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Marsiblursi (3009) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2012 (Bottle) Pours black with a pale brown head. The aroma holds spicy rye, floral/fruity/grassy hops, mild roast, asphalt and a touch of liquorice. Hints of mint. Round and elegant nose. The flavour is light sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic with fruity/floral/grapefruity hops, mild roast, liquorice, asphalt, dry caramel, earth, spicy rye and earthy tobacco. The mouthfeel is soft, round and smooth with a light carbonation. Lingering, aggressive resinous hop finish. Medium bodied.
BOLTZ7555 (2822) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is, without doubt, the best Black IPA ever brewed! Huge bright citrus and evergreen in the nose, not at all muddled by the dark malt that gives the brew its chestnut/mahogany body. Towering meringue-like cap sits atop the beer, creamy latte-brown in color. Resinous, piney, orange peel and lemon-zest forward. If I was blindfolded, wouldn’t have guessed the style. This was all IIPA and the hue was insignificant. Grapefruit essence sticks to your tongue and the roof of your mouth like peanut butter...leaving a welcome reminder. Amazing!
daknole (9128) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nearly black pour with a very creamy tan head. Aroma is loaded with spicy rye and hops. Such a creamy brew! Hops, rye and some light roasted malt. Damn!
TheJestersBeer (2083) - SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black, with a brown tinge, brown head.
Hoppy, aromatic, spicy aroma, spruce, mint, heather, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.
Off-dry, medium to full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Hoppy, roasted taste, spruce, resin, ashes, malt, chocolate, thyme, smoke. Excellent!
MikeJslc (755) - USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, tan head. Aroma: Loads of piney resiny hops, light caramel malt with hints of chocolate. Flavor: initial lightly sweet malt with baker's chocolate, firm resiny bitterness, balance and finish fairly bitter. Some spicy rye notes.
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Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black with a big tan head that maintains great lacing. Big roasty nose with grassy, citrus hops. Subtle cream on the mouth, chocolate, orange peels and just so damn drinkable. What a great beer.
b3shine (5493) - Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Signed bomber to oversized snifter (big thanks to daknole). Looks good; dark in color with sticky lacing. Smells good too; nice and hoppy. Tastes great! Excellent balance of malt and hops. Nice on the palate too. Damn good beer!