fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Central City Liquor Store, Surrey, BC
Dark brown, almost black color; medium sized head. There is a very nice fruity aroma (but mild), that surpasses the aroma of roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel and lean body; strong flavor of roasted malts, some coffee; powerful resiny hopping from the middle perception till the long final; drier feeling in the end, because of the raising roasted malts.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from marina market. pours a hazy, dark brown, almost black with a thick, creamy, light beige head with sticky rings of lace on the glass. aroma is great with heavy pine esters, herbal hops, and dank grass backed by by dark malts, cocoa powder, toffe malts, and subtle orange citrus with a touch of dark roast as it warms. flavor is delicious as well with bold, herbal hops, pine esters, and grapefruit citrus topped with cinnamon backed by light roast, cocoa, and a touch of toffee. palate is medium bodied with rich carbonation and a hoppy but slightly roasted finish. overall, a damn nice black ipa.
skoisirius (1350) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a darker brown with a touch of black, off tan head. Nose is darker malt oriented with hints of cocoa and roast. Flavor brings out a velvety chocolate espresso notes blended with light touches of mild roast running across the palate. Lightly grainy, piney, and cirtusy, and finishes pleasantly hopped melding into all the other flavors. A good CDA, but I agree with Aubrey, there really isn’t anything "double" about it, except it’s price! (Which, doesn’t need to be $11...)
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very tasty CDA. Has lots of smooth dark grains, giving it notes of dark chocolate and espresso. Hops are filled with sweet pine, a nip of snappy citrus and a balanced bitterness. Bitter herbs linger in the aftertaste. Overall, it’s a great CDA/Black IPA, but I wouldn’t call it a Double CDA. It may be slightly high in alcohol for a "regular" CDA, but everything else about it is spot on and the way it should be, in my opinion.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A nice dark IPA (not quite a Black IPA) with green/herbal hops profile. Superior example of the style
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed very fresh a little over one month after the first rating.
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a medium beige head
In long: The hoppy (but not so hoppy) nose is very green and herbal with some citrus fruits. Taste starts with a nice semi-sweet and slightly nutty toasted malt backbone that reminded me of fresh brownies. A bit lactic with milk chocolate notes. Bitterness intensity is only medium but it is very herbal and very green with notes grapefruits. There seems to be a lot of alpha acid in there but somehow the beer is rather smooth. Nice malt-hops harmony. I could drink a lot of this beer despite the Surgeon General warnings on the bottle but I pay as much attention to it as I do to the recommended serving size printed on my extra-jumbo bag of potato chips.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from K&B. Pours a deep coffee brown/ black with a big creamy beige head, nice lacing. Big nose of grapefruit, pine, cocoa, roasted malts and resiny hops. Medium / full bodied.
SDalkoholic (2003) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Poured a dark brown liquid and was topped by a thick frothy layer of foamed head. I was shocked when my nose took a whiff and found a ton of hops since I didn’t fully read the bottle and just saw “dark ale.” Aroma is completely dominated by cascade hops that boast a scent of ripe orange or grapefruit citrus flesh and peel while a faint background of fig or raisin shines through. It now has become obvious that the label was saying it was a black IPA, but it kind of made me enjoy it more not knowing beforehand that it was that style since lot of brewing companies can’t pull it off. Well, Fish Brewing Company/Leavenworth Beers did an excellent job and this black IPA will be forever embedded in my memory as one of the better ones. The flavor is perfectly balanced between dark roasted malt and a lively presence of earthy green hops that finishes with a rich succulent sweetness. Truly an amazing recipe and I’m glad I bought a bottle, nice job guys, although, I would have preferred a bit more carbonation in the palate.
marcus (5636) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours pitch black with a modest tan head and an aromatic cocktail of toast, citrus, pine and treacle. Now this is a deliciously well-crafted brew. The dark roasted malt blends nicely with the lighter malts and the superb hopping, resulting in a flavor that transitions smoothly from sweet to dry to bitter. Well done!
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Blackish beerw ith a light tan head. Big grapefruit and pine aroma. Malt and toffee flavor with light darker malts and grapefruit. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Toffee and grapefruit lingers with light darker malts.
Cirrhosis (1145) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks pretty much black as I review this in a dimly lit room watching a movie, complete with a thin tan crown. Big but not massive ruby red grapefruit, some floral, overall sweet, dark roasted almost burnt malts, and light coffee are all in the aroma. Taste is also yum, with high degree of yum yum. I had no idea what this beer was when I bought it and this is an awesome surprise. Dark roast malt that border on bitter but not, nice sweet grapefruit hops, milk chocolate, mild soapy finish. Pine starting to show up for second glass but it is subtle. Weak coffee, and now all of a sudden the taste is dominated by fuzzy peach candy, this came out of nowhere but was there the entire time if you know what I mean. Yum yum yum yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!