pintbypint (1978) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml brown bottle. Very dark brown pour, small tan head which leaves almost no lacing. Nice hoppy nose, pine, citrus, chocolcate malts. Flavour is of chcoolate malts up front, spicy grapefruity and piney hop flavours. Nice long, lingering bitterness with a grapefruit aftertaste and some slight roasty notes. Medium body, gentle carbonation, general good mouthfeel, enjoyable.
troopie (1989) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with dense beige head. Fruity aroma with some evergreen. Full bodied lots of hop character. A toast note in the finish
after4ever (5292) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Pours black with a dense and creamy tan head. Plenty of drippy lace. Big tropical fruity nose, tons of forward citric acid showing, very present, very pleasant, very sweet. Creamy medium body. Lively carb. Very much on the sweet side, showing caramel and black bread along with tropical fruit notes. Mild sweet finish. Very agreeable and unchallenging CDA, super approachable and agreeable.
OldMrCrow (1518) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown pour, limited head. There’s a very strong mandarin orange thing going on here, somehow pushing the sweet-and-sour too far atop darker malts that contribute more color than roasty flavor.
riversideAK (5413) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is interesting for a CDA. Very tropical and fruity with not much roast or patent malt notes. Nice and fruity, grapefruit, tropical fruit, some dank, and some floral notes as well. Pours dark brown, tan head. The flavor is fruity up front with light sweetness, grapefruit, floral notes, light dryness as roast peaks through a bit here and there. I really liked it and thought it was a solid offering and somewhat unique as well.
3fourths (6954) - Straßgiech, Bavaria, GERMANY - APR 11, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bright and dank hop nose with sourish milk notes. wet and flabby body dissolves quickly and leaves the palate with a sticky and buzzing film. light soy sauce and char notes with moderate sweetness. enjoyable nose but watery body with dark caramel and cocoa malt, lightly astringent.
5000 (4974) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep deep cola, nearly black, moderate to thin frothy head, tannish, fairly nice lacing. Hoppy nose, not much in the way of roasted malts. Very subtle roastiness, if at all. A bit more noticeable on the tongue, the roasted malts that is. Otherwise this one is mainly just an IPA. If I drank this blind, I probably wouldn’t think of this as a Black IPA as it doesn’t have a very strong roasted malt character, no campfire or charred wood, nor ash. Well, I will say as it warms it develops those charred wood and ashy characters a bit more, but its still very IPA dominant. Fairly smooth, body and mouthfeel are moderate. Drinks real easy, seems very clean. One thing I like about this is the lack of cow pasture. Thats the one feature from most of these Black IPAs that I cannot stand. This one finishes like a slightly toasty IPA. Simple, straight forward, and very enjoyable. Wouldn’t believe it to be a Cascadian Dark Ale unless I saw it. I liked this one more than I thought I would.