wedgie9 (1835) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 8/12/12 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil. Pours very deep, nearly black, oily dark brown with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to average lace, leaving some thick residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is milk chocolate malt, coffee, pine resin hops, along with the signature spicy aroma of rye. The flavor is exactly the same, plenty of milk chocolate, coffee, spicy rye, and resin hops. The body is full with just under average carbonation and a long spicy rye, chocolate, coffee, and nicely bitter resin hops finish. This isn’t the hoppiest or maltiest Black IPA I have ever had, but it is the most balanced.
benpickens (400) - Camarillo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an oily black with a big tan head that holds well and leaves ample lacing; juicy citrus aromas on the noise; a hoppy hit than a coffee dark ale infusion finishing with a classic IPA finish. Complex.
SG111 (43) - - JUL 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, Pours a black color with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is malts, with citrus mixed in. Taste is malts, coffee on the front with an absolutely perfectly balanced hop finish. Absolutely fantastic black ipa.
Jur (253) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Flying Saucer, Addison.
Thick dark pour, little head. Full flavoured, smooth and thick because of the rye I guess, mild vanilla, heavy hop finish. Glorious.
ARH (310) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap poured into an IPA glass. The aroma is a burnt grain and fresh rye combination with some hints of sweet berries. It’s a dark, near-opaque, oily caramel brown with a thick tan head. The head reduces down to a thick ring and leaves an above average, puffy lacing. It’s highly burnt bitter (60 IBU seems likes an underestimate) with a light sweetness. The average amount of active carbonation helps the thicker texture to go down. It’s a full body with a light finish of dark fruit, some spice, caramel, and rye, but the aftertaste is heavily smokey and burnt - almost charred - with a dull spiciness.
John25 (361) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Basically a perfectly balanced black rye ipa. Chocolate, citrus, dark fruit, light rye spice that comes in and out, medium carb, dark semi-rich malts on the feel, dry finish. Very complex and balanced for so much going on.
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Bif (1386) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black color with a creamy tan head and good lacing. Aroma of citrus, fruit, roasted malt and grain. Taste of roasted malt, fruit, bit of citrus and fresh grain. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Pretty full body, smooth and creamy with a robust malty backbone. Excellent beer sets the standard for the style.
AndyW68 (1031) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black brown pour with light tan head. Aroma is roast malt, and mild rye. Taste follows nose. Very mellow, but still full of flavor. Nice warm finish.
humlelala (950) - DENMARK - JUL 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(on tap @ Mikkeller & Friends) Pours black with creamy, medium, tan head. Good retention and beautiful lace. Aroma is indeed gnarly with malty, rye character and perhaps some subtle herbal hop notes. Oily texture, soft carbonation, medium body with a green, bitter and warming finish. Flavour seems to funny spicy and peaty notes along with the dark, toasted malt. Overall hard to classify and somewhat different from how I like my black IPA’s.
SDalkoholic (2135) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Keg N Bottle National City: Created a thick fluffy shaving cream lather foam head while a deep dark color of brown liquid rested below. Aroma is strange and funky blend of assorted scents that begin with lightly toasted dark malt but then morph into a bold smell of freshly milled barley malts. Some faint background aromas consist of mild hops that give off just enough character to carry this as an IPA but again with the malts that suggest hints of chocolate or tea. The drink is subtle with minor notes of spicy hop flavorings but it could be due to the addition of rye that is bringing out the pleasant and welcomed spice profile. Rich and robust dark malts are what build up the true character complexity of this recipe which makes for an interesting drink. Good stuff considering the price of a bomber was only $7.99
Howlader (696) - - JUL 5, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served in a 4oz taster glass at Rustico in Ballston (Arlington, Virginia).