BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ The Sushi Bar, McCall, ID: Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. The nose is nicely roasted with a fair slap of hop in the aroma, more earthy and smoky than citrusy. Moderate bitterness and pine in the flavor with an underlying coffee-rich fruit forward stout; roasty and toasty. The finish is a little sweet, but it’s balanced. Good.
Taverner (1098) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle dated July 2010. Pours a cola brown with off white/tan head that leaves small hints of lacing. Nice charcoal bitter flavor, coffee like. Finishes dry - decent. Nothing to fancy though.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Sheffields. Pours deep brown nearly black with a two fingers creamy light tan head. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt, piney hops, a touch of burnt toast. Flavor is a bit more piney, still very heavily roasted chocolate and bready malts. Decent smooth finish, a toucb bitter. Medium body and a softer carbonation. Alright black IPA
hapjydeuce (941) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at OBriens Pub. Pours black with dark brown edges. Little head and medium carbonation. Aroma of fresh green hops. Resinous hop flavor with good bitterness. Roasted malt provides good background with a sweet finish on the end. Overall, this is nothing like Black Lie or Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, but impressive nevertheless. Has a fruitier tone with more ester flavors, more so than other black IPAs Ive tried.
HonkeyBra (3390) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown/black with off white head that clings well to the side of the glass. Aroma of strong, bitter hops, pine, citrus. Some chocolate and smoke. Flavor has a very strong bitterness, surrounded by smoke, coffee, chocolate, and other dark malt notes. Medium bodied, finishes somewhat bitter with chocolate. Not that impressive, but a fair take on the style.
marcus (6538) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Monks Kettle. Pours black with a rich tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a thick smoked malt flavor with some coffee and a dry bitter finish.
hopscotch (9171) - 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 (1526) - Combined Locks, 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 (1346) - 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 (737) - 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...