marcus (6685) - 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!
5000 (6298) - 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.
douglas88 (6246) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to Mike. Pours a totally black color with a medium cream colored head. A sweet fresh hop aroma initially, lots of pine, then a bit of cocoa and toasted malts. A very well done flavor; bitterness, oranges, roast, chocolates, balanced. Very darn good.
after4ever (6231) - 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.
swoopjones (6106) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, medium bodied black pour. roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, heavy dose of PNW hops. veery tasty Black IPA, hops are king here. very nice
Glouglouburp (6096) - 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.
AmEricanbrew (5901) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby black color with tan foam. Floral, pine sap, ganga bud, grass, fruity chocolate aromas. Smooth medium body. Dark chocolate, pale malt flavors with floral, pine sap, grass--very good
Braudog (5873) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big, muddy red-tinged pour, the head thin but standing tan head. The beer delivers a warming blend of wintery flavors ... a bit spicy, a bit of molasses, a bit of woody hops. Interesting that this is a spring seasonal, it’s fitting my cold day of football quite nicely. (#5406, 1/5/2013)
riversideAK (5625) - 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.
TheBeerGod (5315) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black bodied with a medium foamy tan head. Aroma is strong pine notes, roasted malt, floral hops and citrus. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate covered oranges, pine resins and floral hops. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation and a lingering hop bitterness. Ends with more pine notes, citrus oils, roasted malt, burnt caramel and floral hops.