baraciisch (2462) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The second black IPA I’ve had... Still not terribly impressed with this style. Seems like people just want to invent stuff to be different, not because it is good. This one seems better than the Deschutes one however. Black in color with an orange tan head... Aroma is the most interesting part, burnt malts, caramel, citrus hops... Body is fairly light, citrus notes... Gives way to a coffee bitterness on the palate... Definitely complex, could probably get used to it...
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep black with a medium head. Aroma of grapefruit rind, pine and burnt malt. The flavor is more complex with chocolate, and roasted malts. It finishes with bittering hops and burnt malt.
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Attractive reddish orange color with a circle of tan head. Sweet malty notes mixed with a nice balance of hops. Flavor is syrupy sweet and bitter roasted hops. Roasted caramel malts also come into play. Finishes a small amount of bitterness. Fairly well put together.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, pine, and citrus. Flavor of chocolate, coconut, caramel, roasted malt, and pine with a dry, moderately bitter finish.
Luckyhank (32) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good, but not quite great, IPA. Love the dark color, but other than that there is nothing that exciting or unique about it.
shrubber85 (9452) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Toffee malt, orange, and peel aroma. Dark brown-black with minimal head. Lightly sweet toffee malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Okay but fairly subdued.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap @ 1702, Tucson; November 2010
The beer arrives from the tap with a thin, pale head that is surprisingly light for a beer that is so black; it does show a clear brown hue in the light though. The nose has a resinous pine aroma that is backed by piquant citrus zest. The aroma is even somewhat dank from the hops and sometimes seems to have a cheese-like quality to it. The citrus reminds me more of Meyer lemons and lemon zest than the typical IPA aromatics, but this seems typical of these beers that have roast grain in them.
As the beer first hits my mouth it tastes quite bitter and resinous. The citrus character comes out quite a bit more as the beer warms up. A soft sweetness accentuates the fruity hops, but this is still secondary to the herbaceous resinous hops flavors and bitterness. An accentuating roast note in the finish is not overly noticeable but boosts the perceived bitterness. There is a touch of body to this brew, but it certainly hits the quaffability that a good IPA should. This ends up as quite a nice beer; the roast is subdued, which works with the hops character, though this last could even be a bit more prominent.
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from Kenwood Liquors. Pours dark brown with very small tan head. Aromas of pine, chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor of pine, medium hop bitterness, sweet malts, chocolate, and some roast. Kind of messy. Thick syrupy mouthfeel.
undsioux7 (867) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown/black. Really nice clean nose of pine and citrus hops with a touch of chocolate and black liqorice. Taste is a bit maltier with only a touch of bitterness. Loved the aroma and how green it was.
Beerdrinker79 (1805) - Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 750 ml. bottle- Pours black to brown that you can almost see through at the thinnest part of the glass, it has a thin tan head, and that was with a rigorous pour, the aroma is piney hops and chocolate malts, very good. The flavor is malt forward at first then finishes with citrusy hops then after the swallow becomes bitter, it also has a spicyness that is very appealing. Carbonation could be a bit higher but the body is spot on, easily sessionable and somewhat complex. Not the best IBA ( India black ale, as I think they should be called), but not bad.