gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a red brown. Nose is big roasted malt and floral hops, big resiney pine, hints of alcohol and fruit esters peeking out behind the roasted barely. Flavor is charred grains, big floral and some citrus flavors, hints of fruit.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle black wax with silver flakes.
black with a nice tight light brown head. great lacing.
roasted/burnt malt chocolate aroma with hints of grapefruit coffee toffee...kind of a lot going on.
sweet bitter coffee chocolate pudding flavor. light citrus grapefruit notes
bitter roasted burnt malt finish notes of chocolate pudding.
medium heavy body light carbonation.
i really love this beer. there is a lot going on. heavy dark roasted flavors and aromas intermingled with light citrus and green notes. well done what i want from a black ipa.
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of fishingnet, Ben you ROCK! (and Adam too!). Pours dark amber to mahogany with thin white head. The aroma is robust with burnt malts, black licorice cotton candy (if such a thing exists), floral hops, some spicy hops, lots more floral hops and evergreen fir tree tree-ness. Wow! The taste is very floral with hop flavor and some spicy hops backed up by solid resiny hop bitterness to go along with a faint sweet malts backbone. Lots and lots of spicy, fir tree and a huge meadow of floral hops.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of Nbutler11 at the Phoenix Black Friday tasting. Thanks Nick! Pours dark reddish brown with a half finger tan head. The nose is grapefruit, orange peel, roasted malt and pine. The taste is cocoa, citrus hops and resin in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Very good Black IPA.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 another flossmoor from nbutler11 shared on 11/27/2009. this time it has black wax.
woody colored cola brown with an off white head and some light spots of lace.
in the nose... dirty, earthy spice hops are in the background while fresh leafy ones sting the sniffer. there are some grapefruit citrus notes, light pine and ashy smoke as well. neat.
what is tasted of sweetness is wiped out by leafy hoppy dryness. flavors of cola, pine, cocoa, light ash, peppery spice and grapefruit/citrus are noted before a dry bittered finish. pithy numbing...mmm.
the body is medium if not a little on the thin side but it is crisp and terribly easy to put away. 8/4/8/3/15/3.8
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another Flossmoor hookup from Adam, thanks again.
Pours dark, dark brown in the glass with only the faintest hints of light coming through the edges with a big thick off-white head that recedes fairly slowly and leaves good lacing.
The aroma is dominated by hops, some citrus in the form of oranges and pineapple, and a little bit of floral pine and grass as well. There are some sweet dark malts underneath.
The taste is more floral than the aroma with an initial pine resin bitterness that gives way to the highly toasted black malts in the background with some bakers chocolate coming out as well. The finish brings back the hop and espresso-like bitterness which lingers for a while after each sip.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied but almost seems a little thin with good carbonation and dry and bitter in the finish.
This is a solid brew that is a little lacking in body for my liking but is pretty drinkable and offers lots of different flavors all together. Interesting and tasty.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Soapy citrus. Interesting roast maltiness, though still IPA dominant. Caramel. Nice mix here.
A - Dark black with tan head. Weird to see an IPA do that. 5 for intrigue, and Flossmoor bias.
F - Mostly upfront juicy, bitter piney citrus. Great hops are the main focus. Roast malt, almost part of the spotlight. But they do not compliment so well as in a naturally dark style. Still a great taste on both sides, without being to pushy or unbalanced.
P - Nice bitter, all around. Average linger. Good mouth and body. Drinkable.
O - Another Shimkos IPA I was quite impressed with. I especially enjoyed getting the full piney, citrus grapefruit dose of an IPA with a desirable dark malt background. Nice concept, blend, and balance and mix of generally contrasting or dominant characteristics in a beer. I’d do this regularly.
BeerBunker (943) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Flossmoor. Pours black with a tan head. Doesn’t pour much like an IPA. Aroma is of bitter, juicy hops, malt, roast, citrus, and pine. Damned if it doesn’t smell delicious. Taste starts off with a nice chocolately roast taste. A fair amount of caramel as well. Following the roastiness is a large character of piney, juicy hops. The hop bitterness surprisingly blends well with the roastiness. There is a lot of citrus in this one as well. Has a lingering malty pine taste. Light, crisp mouthfeel. It worked very well, and is drinkalbe as all hell...From my notes...
BVery (8064) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Flossmoor. Black pour with red edges when held up to light. Mild sweet grapefruit nose, burnt coffee on taste. Decent IPA, and interesting.
TheEpeeist (3561) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Very dark brown, barely clear along the edges. Quick fading head. Nose is grapefruit, orange, a touch of dark fruit and earthy coffee bean. Resiny medium body with a spicy buzz. Starts with caramel and quinine, increasingly bitter with grapefruit. Finishes with burnt sugar and ash. Kind of gritty.