BMMillsy (955) - Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a friend in Michigan. Pours a dark brown to black with a creamy small half finger khaki head. Aroma of pine, roast, more pine, but of citrus, sweet chocolate malts. Flavor is sweet tropical citrus up front, some lightly roasted grain in between, a little spice, and a very nice sweet citrus left on the palate. Velvety mouthfeel with medium prickly carbonation. Very similar to Wookey Jack but not quite the bite and complexity. A very nice brew for the style.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed on tap at Wild Monk. Served in a shaker pint.
A: Pours a dark brown color, almost black with a nice movement to it like an IPA. Dirty, off white head forms on the pour with solid retention throughout. Sticky lace down the glass.
S: Oatmeal flake sweetness and dryness with a solid roasted malt presence. Citrus orange notes with a nice hint of cocoa.
T: Intertwining layers of roast, chocolate and citrus. Mixing orange with cocoa powder and light oatmeal.
M: Light, dry and roasty. Medium carbonation.
O: Nicely balanced throughout and not layered like most black IPA’s. No odd chalky flavors usually get. Really enjoyed this one.
PotjeBier (1287) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from De Bierkoning @ home. Very dark color, but not quite opaque. Uneven, dense beige head. Aroma’s: pine & resin, heavy roast, ground coffee, but also hints of sweet malts. Lots of pine retronasal, a little acidic. Flavor is moderate bitter, with some resinous acidity and roast. Medium bodied. Finishes ashy and quite bitter.
DrSilverworm (3985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, big thanks to umich03jm! Bottled in mid-august, judging from the half-smudged date stamp. Mostly clear very dark brown red color. Near black. Good half inch tan head, with good retention. Leaves very nice, thicker lace. Good roast malt, light dark chocolate. A lot of earthy, sort of citrusy hops. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Spiciness noticeable more as I go. Nice roast, light coffee, bitter dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Moderate bitter taste, some weet in the finish. A very light spicy bite. Solid black IPA. Probably even better fresh.
bytemesis (2135) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - thanks cocoapuph! Pours dark black with a small tan head that diminishes fairly quickly leaving nice residual and nice lacing. Aroma is quite roasty with notes of pine and citrus as well. Flavor is lightly sweet, roasty, coffee, medium bitterness with a mix of piney hops and roasted malts. FInish has lingering bitterness. Medium body. Decent enough, but nothing special.
denheu (3) - - OCT 24, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m a huge founders fan I think they’re grade A Michigan Brewing Company I’m also a IPA fan but I must confess this wasn’t my favorite IPA can’t say I hated it just didn’t fall in love with it
SpongeRuiner (410) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Pete’s Place. This one surprised me a little bit. I wasn’t expecting it to be that good but overall I really enjoyed it.
574deadzone (757) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An awesome, timely gift. Pours dark brown to black with a finger or so of fluffy, rocky khaki head that leaves some clingy lace. Nose involves dark and milk chocolate, light roasted malt, and a clean hop profile featuring pine, tropical fruit, and orange. Quite sweet, fairly bitter, a touch tart. Full bodied, fairly active, oily, creamy, with a long toasty bitter finish. Very good, glad I got to try it. Looking forward to any "future" Black IPAs Founders might be interested in making ;)
Dogfish_Yeti (16) - Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I got this bottle from a friend for my birthday. I love the look of this IPA. The darkness really comes through in the mouthfeel. I got a lot of chocolate and roast in front of the hops. The bitterness was nicely balanced by the roasted flavors. I may have drank it too cold because the hops weren’t as pungent as some people like IPAs to be, but that’s the quality of blacks IPAs. Awesome beer!
djd07 (2533) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to woodchopper. Pours a very dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma is a bready malt and nuts. Thin mouthfeel with bitter malt and resin hop. Good.