chinchill (3128) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle just purchased but with a bottled on date of 12-2014.
A: Pours black with a tan head. The head is thick, creamy , moderately durable, and leaves excellent lacing.
Aroma: has dark roasted grains with near equal hops (diminished by age?). Even with the relatively weak somewhat subdued hops (for style) there’s a nice interplay between the two contrasting aromas.
The flavor is reversed, with more hop intensity than malts. Faint dark toast, smoke and coffee. A hint of chocolate. Plenty of roasted malt flavor plus moderately intense piney-woody-herbal hops. It finishes mildly bitter with some coffee.
O: a pleasing and tasty Black IPA with good balance for style and well hidden alcohol. Both aroma and feel approach a higher rating. .
Drake (10703) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop. Near black, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, herbal and earthy hops. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, earthy hops, dark fruits. Medium bodied, moderate lingering bitterness.
bookman10 (747) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown, verging on black, with smallish, creamy white head. Aroma of burnt toast, chocolate, coffee, hops roasted grain. Flavor is a bit on the burnt side, with coffee, chocolate, and some leather notes, along with a touch of dark fruit and some hop bite. Alcohol content is well-hidden.
Darkmagus82 (2031) - - APR 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served deep-brown, almost black color with a one finger had of cream colored foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a chocolate and caramel smell mixed with some other aromas of a pine and grapefruit smell. There are some lighter notes of tropical fruits and a little bit of grass thrown in the mix as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a chocolate malt flavor mixed with some caramel and a decent showing of roast. Along with these taste are some nice pine and grassy hop tastes, which start out light, but get stronger and stronger as the taste moves on. Other hop tastes of a citrus nature join in as the taste moves on all while some more pine and a woody like flavor develop later. With the caramel and chocolate fading a tad at the end, one is left with a balanced and moderately hopped roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a tad thinner then I was anticipating all while the carbonation level was fairly standard. The lighter body did make for a nice medium as it keep it rather easy drinking and had enough robustness to uphold the hop flavors all while not making the roasted and sweet flavors from becoming the dominant flavor factor. Fairly well done.
Overall – A quite tasty black IPA. It is nice and balanced and has a good clean drinking taste which makes for one to try if you get the chance.
uhclem (398) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very good black IPA - the best I’ve tasted. Pours a rich, deep brown with an ecru head and persistent lacing. Nose is pine, coffee and citrus. Taste is just the right blend of hops and malt with a citrus kicker at the back end. Mouthfeel is lush and the finish bitter with scallops of sweetness.
arminjewell (8674) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at Happy GNome, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, some nice pine and orange peel hop notes into a bit of caramel, slight coffee. Taste was a mix of coffee, chocolate, roast into some smoke, nice pine, slight herbal notes iwth a hint of citrus, finishing bitter.
drpimento (2498) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
For me the best part of this beer is its looks. The choice of hops and the balance of hops to malt is too much in favor of these hops that doesn’t work. Just don’t like the taste. Looks great tho!
lightbias (313) - USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love a good Black IPA and when I saw this offering from Grand Teton, I knew I was going to have to try it. When I crack the bottle it takes a few minutes as the beer is too cold, but it takes no time at all after the pour to find the aroma of citrus and spruce in the air above the glass. The liquid is a deep, rich, burnt brown, almost shaking its fist at black and taunting it to come one step closer. The surface is covered in a porous, khaki-hued foam, not terribly lightweight, but definitely sticky!
The brew is a roasty malt framework, smoky and rich, providing a springboard for the hops flavors coming through. A medium body carries the bitterness, the malt profile coaxing it to comfortable levels, like a lion tamer with a whip and chair. Fantastic balance, excellent levels of bitterness flavor combinations, the carbonation keeping some nice action in my mouth as I take swallow after swallow. The finish is short, doesn’t leave a lot of aftertaste in my mouth, but invites me to have another drink with a bit of an unassuming dryness. This stuff is good and I will definitely keep this in mind as a go to brew!
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slap a more prestigious brewer label on this and it would be more the rage. Appearance slightly off-black, non-aggressive musty aroma, aggressive bitterness, somewhat abrasively aggressive finish.
DuffMan (8062) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, lively brown head. Lots of hard roast and fruity hops combine to give aromas of coffee, stone fruit, pig manure, licorice. Black malt flavours quickly give way to fruity hops with strong piney undertones and long bitterness. The hops and black malt really wrestle for dominance here, but the hops win in the end. Very nice.