nuplastikk (4090) - 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.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Small Bar S.D. Pours a deep coffee brown with a creamy beige head that left some great lacing. Nose was mild with hops, a lot of toasted malts. Very creamy on the palate with a light hop bitterness on the finish.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown color with a light brown head. A grainy malt and nut aroma.with noticeable but not a forward hop profile. The hops are rather understated on the palate in this IPA as the "black" part takes control. It has a semi-sweet finish with plenty of chocolate.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle listed as (on the tag) Jul 30 2010. Pours with a deep brown body and a large khaki head. Aromas chocolate, spice, pine needles, light citrus, cinnamon, bread, evergreens. Nice and hoppy (pine and herbal). Very grassy and green (hop) smelling. Flavors are bready, caramel, light mole, milk chocolate. Also, on the hop side, pine needles, grass, earth and herbs. Creamy and decently lively carbonation. Medium and distant bitterness (for an IPA). Well made!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2010 On cask at hamiltons. Arrives in glass a rich ebony color w a thin cask head. Aroma mostly piney hops with some roasty coffee notes. Flavor features the bitter roastiness more than in the aroma, day old coffee, cola nuts and burnt toast with hints of seared caramel, mingle with the resiny and red grapefruit flavors of the hops. Despite being over 8 %, the alcohol is well hidden. Medium body and flatish cask mouthfeel.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours close to black with a sudsy tan head. The aroma has roasty non-bitter malt, floral/piny hops, grapefruit, extra dark caramel and a smoothness to it all - really nice. Medium / thick smooth body with flowing semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of non-bitter roasty malt, lots of smooth hoppiness with floral / tropical / piny traits. There is a smooth and lush flavor to everything, even the hops. The finish adds a bit of chocolate and light coffee, then the hops come in and linger. Nicely done beer.
Mora2000 (5307) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a cream-colored head. The aroma is very nice. In addition to the pine and citrus hops, I get some roasted malt.
The flavor is roasted malt with low to medium bitterness from the pine-flavored hops. I also get some nice chocolate notes in the aroma.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Black IPAs that I have had and one of the best beers I have tried from Grand Teton.
pinkzambia (1389) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Brewforia: Blackish brown color with a frothy tan head and semi-sticky lacing. Aromas of fresh cut grass and alcohol. The taste is interesting: musty leather, non-sweet root beer, a little tangy. The feel is creamy with a woody aftertaste. The finish is a bit cardboardy with a blunt finish. Kind of a let down for an IPA, but at least they tried to participate in the recent wave of Black IPA’s.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @1702 - Pours a dark brown color with a thin light tan head. Very light lacing. Aroma and flavor is fruity esters, floral and citrus hops. Very little malt at this point. Light alcohol presence. Medium body. A very nice beer.
IndianaRed (2157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brewforia Meridian, ID. Pours a clear dark brown with a dense rich light tan head. Sweet roasted aroma with soft sweet pine hop notes. The dark roasted flavors are rich,
robust but much less astringent and biting as I expected. Very full and flavorful. Slight IBU bitter bite at the end.