hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours black with a creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The bouquet offers pine, grapefruit, charcoal and heavy resin. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and prickly carbonation.
The flavor provides medium burnt, tannic bitterness – grapefruit rind and pith and charcoal – to go with only a touch of black malt sweetness. Bitter, resiny, charcoal and grapefruit finish.
arkurzynski (1369) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Sugar Maple. Deep brown/black with off-white head. Nice Northwest hoping in the nose. Mild roasted flavor, resinous hopping with a nice edge. Clean finish, well rounded. Medium body. Straight hop bitterness edge over Sublimely Self-Righteous, overall - not as smooth.
Atom (1192) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle pours dark brown with amber hue and bubbly khaki head. Aroma is very hoppy, grassy citrus, pine, slight spice and caramel. Flavor displays a light sweet caramel roast followed by pine and citrus zest ,and almost fresh peppermint finish. On the lighter more hoppy side of Black IPA’s enjoyable and refreshing, doesn’t have much of a dark roasted balance which I look for.
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pour is dark brown with some ruby highlights. Small off white head present and quickly fades. Large citrus hop presence in aroma with a hint of malt. Flavor is more malty with coffee, some grassy hops, and some orange. Pine flavors are present in the finish. Meh...
bhensonb (10184) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Capped 750. Pours black with a foamy off-white/beige head. Strong hop nose. I call resin. Near full body/foamy carbonation. Flavor is strong resin over some smooth dark malt. It’s pretty smooth and tasty.
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a medium body light black brown with a nice light tan creamy head. aroma is northwest pine hops with some lightly toasted chocolate malt with some coffee. taste is the same as aroma with a little more of the pine hops coming thru. this has a nice little creamy mouthfeel and then the hops strongly kick in sticking around in the aftertaste. this has some descent lacing and overall a nice beer, and probably the hoppiest india black I have had.
DYCSoccer17 (3205) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750mL bottle purchased at Nugget in Woodland, CA. Unfortunately, this was bottled on 07/30/2010. It always seems like these special beers take a few months to arrive, and that can play a big role in the freshness of the hops. Aroma is green with some citrus, orange hop notes. A little mustiness is also there with some stale hops. Scant chocolate malt sweetness. Mostly transparent dark brown body with a small tan head with good lacing present. Starts really juicy and citrussy with hop notes. There is a bit of a tart, slightly sour, astringency. This then becomes roasty and burnt with some chocolate notes present later on. Finishes dry. The astringency on this is a little too much along with too much roast for the style. Not a huge fan of this beer or style really.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a fizzy white head. Roasted grain chocolate and citrus hops aroma and taste.
JohnnyJ (4040) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at O’Briens. Very dark brown pour. Roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, herbal hops, and sharp piney bitterness. Nice black IPA.
nuplastikk (4088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Alchemy. Pitch black, maybe some stained-glass brown edges. Thin, oily, patchy white head. Black IPA mania rolls on, another winner here. Syrupy hoppy chocolate tones. Intense dark malt sort of covers up some of the hops intracacies, making it a touch watery, despite the stickiness. Still a quite nice beer.