BOLTZ7555 (2985) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany pour with hints of chestnut and onyx, a nice khaki head. Dark malt, pine, candied citrus, caramel, toffee, and honey. Solid and drinkable but wish the hops were a bit more pronounced and stood out against the malt profile. Good but not Wookey Jack.
Snojerk321 (2960) - 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.
pineypower (2791) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Capones. Pours out dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is of faded citrus hops, malty roast notes, and some. Chocolate. Taste is of smooth chocolate, toasty malts, roast, light chewy sweetness, and mild hops. Would like to try a bit fresher.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/6/2012. From bottle. poured black with a tan head. Malty aromas with hops, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit. Bitter and hoppy flavors, malt is showing well. Pretty good one.
drpimento (2532) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good beer! Poured at a good temperature with a nice, fluffy, foamy, tan head that slowly settled down and some lace. Color is a clear garnet. Aroma is hop, malt, roast, fruit. Flavor’s like nose; fairly dry, bitter and carbonic tang up front, with the bit of malt/fruity sweet in back. Body and carbonation good, although there’s a little astringency in the finish. Also the finish is quite long, boozy, and resinous.
jcartamdg (2525) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours jet black with a mocha head. Aroma of bitter piney hops and roasted and chocolate malts. Taste follows, tastes like a hoppy stout. Drinks like an ipa. Interesting but not a beer is seek put again
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glennmastrange (2464) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop aromas of toasted and pine resin, light leather for the yeast, with wood, charcoal and tobacco in the background. Heas is small to average, frothy, tan with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear, very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, a little slick with a lively carbonation. A great aroma, but this Black IPA lacks any sweetness. Otherwise it’s true to style.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I really have a high bar for the CDA and this one reaches but doesn’t quite make it. This one falls to far on the malty side for me. Bitterness needs to be amped a bit.
troopie (2291) - 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
SDalkoholic (2261) - 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.