Heathen (1463) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: I always thought ry smoothed out IPAs and DIPAs, but I think this is my first proof of it smoothing out a Black IPA. This had tons of different flavors but none of them dominate. It was like a Rock and Roll super group with members (in flavors) that all have such big egos that not one individual outshine the others. But to me that isn’t necessarily the greatest thing for a black IPA. Very easy to drink, but I almost missed come of the harshness that’s normally present in a black IPA.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured pretty much black with and average tan head. The aroma had moderate coffee, dark chocolate, grain, roasted and burnt malts; moderate pine, grapefruit, orange and earthy hops; hints of smoke and a little dark fruit. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. There was roasted malt, burnt malt, bitter dark chocolate, slightly smokey, pine hops, grapefruit, orange hops, spicy rye, a little grain, hints of coffee, and something sort of smokey and earthy. The medium to full body was a little oily and then dry with soft yet tingly carbonation that seemed to get more fizzy as time went by and a slightly astringent finish.
TattooJack (90) - Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Zante in Palos Hills, served in a snifter. Nice and dark, with a couple fingers of tan head. Smells sweet, has a thick, rich taste, could not tell it was 8.3%. I went to this bar to watch a football game, and this beer stole the show. Would drink this on a regular basis, and will look for it whenever I’m out beer shopping.
aldemirfilho (19) - - SEP 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black color, with a dark colored head that dissipates slowly. Smells of roasted malt, sweet caramel, rich hop oils, and grass.
Tastes sweet upon first sip with a nice chocolatey middle and a dry roasted malt finish with a pleasant bitterness from the hop content.
Very slick on the tongue with a slight prickliness that leaves the mouth yearning for another sip. Leaves the mouth feeling dry upon swallowing but definitely compliments the palate.
dfearnley (963) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to goblet
Pine, spruce, sap.
Silky black, thin creamy light tan head, lots of lacing.
Taste is chocolate, flowers, spruce.
kbudd19 (593) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour, with thick dense foam. Aroma, tropical fruit, roasted malts, and light grape must. Taste is roasted malts, light hops, with a mild bitter sweet finish. Really nice.
Darkmagus82 (1204) - - SEP 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-10-13-
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is a blend of hoppy smells and more roasted smells as would be expected for a black IPA. The roasted smells are largely of a coffee and toasted malt aroma with the hop being predominantly of a pine and earthy smell. While these are the bulk aromas other aromas of grapefruit and chocolate find their way to the nose as well giving a rather robust and dark smelling brew.
Taste – The taste begins much heavier of lightly roasted malt and a rye flavor more than of anything else. Upfront there is only a lighter presence of a grapefruit citrus hop, but as the flavors advance this changes, with flavors of pine hop increasing in strength throughout the taste. A light chocolate flavor seems to come and go in the taste, being taken over in the end by an earthy hop flavor as well as some roasted coffee flavors. The roasted coffee gets quite potent toward the end, overshadowing the rest of the flavors, to leave a rather coffee bitter and moderately hoppy roasted flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew was on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the average side as well. A slightly thicker body may have been slightly better for the roasted flavors of the brew, but even so, the feel was quite all right.
Overall – A pretty decent black IPA, but nothing too outstanding in my mind. It ended with a bit too much coffee bitterness, which took away from much of the nice hop undertones that were present. It was worth the try, but not one I would go back to with any real occasion.
Handypaul (209) - - SEP 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small beige head that leaves great lacing. Aroma of resin, pine, rye and chocolate. Medium bitter, light sour, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation with big bubbles and a very long bitter finish.
ametras (400) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Black with a frothy beige head. Flavors are toasted bread, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, grapefruit, pine resin and alcohol with menthol notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky texture.
jhp40219 (304) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber I picked up on a recent trip to St. Louis. Pours a dark brown with a large creamy tan head that holds a great retention and leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is fresh citrusy hops, spicy rye, fresh cut grass, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is hops right up front with mango, grapefruit, and a bit of tropical fruit mixed with earthy hops tasting grassy and pine. Spicy rye comes through right behind it with unsweetened chocolate and a bit of toasy malts. Long bitter finish of rye, hop resin, and bread. Medium bodied, slick but slightly creamy texture, lively carbonation. This is definitely one of the best, if not the best, black IPA I’ve ever had! Just outstanding!
gpekar (466) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark opaque brown with a tall creamy dark tan head. The head was made up of many large bubbles. There was a good spicy aroma from the rye along with a nice hoppy scent. There was also some chocolate and a hint of anise. The beer had a nice silky texture. There was a mild chocolate flavor followed by a rye spice and then the hoppy bitterness. There was a good amount of sweetness to mellow out the flavor and a little bit of licorice came through as the beer warmed throughout the drinking of the glass. The 8.3% alcohol was hidden very well in this flavorful beer.
Niall73 (1774) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle while visiting Seattle. Aroma has hash, grass, light veg and a little meatiness. Medium body, medium carbonation. There is a fairly robust soy, teriyaki taste initially, with light dark choc, toast and light treacle, but also a lovely fresh hoppiness with grapefruit, lemon, pine, some pineapple, woody resin. Very tasty, well balanced BIPA.