jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black coloured body with a thin off-white head and a few bubbles rising up from the bottom. Aroma of fresh hops, very roasted malt and some good caramel and fresh fig notes. Medium-bodied; Pungent roasty chocolate flavour at first with some light coffee and a very strong dose of nice and pungent piney hops. Aftertaste shows a good mix of the flavours with the hoppy flavour really coming through near the end. Overall, a very nice beer and well worth sampling if you can find it! I sampled this pint on draught at Peteís Brass Rail in Danville, California on 19-March-2011.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL bottle, bottled on 11/16/10. Poured deep brown with a lovely, creamy, well-retained khaki head. The aroma picked up roasty black malts balanced against pine and earthy hoppage.. not bad, but I didnít really get the appeal. The flavor found fairly sour roasty black malts and a lot of pine bitterness throughout.. bakerís chocolate and other black malts at the core.. more sourness, roast, and bitterness on the finish. Medium-bodied and unnecessarily sharp on the palate.. I donít know if the sourness was intentional, but I didnít dig it.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle hate to say the hops are shot on the 2010 bottle. Pours a black body with a coffee tan head a whiff medicinal but for sure a light soap y and moth like character. Protein, light roasted malt tones, some pine, soap and a mild bitterness. Oily with a mild warming. Was too old to enjoy for any real length of the 750.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
August 2010 bottle that has help up stunningly well... Looks like a slighter darker coca cola, clear and watery. A light tan head, ok retention and lacing... Nose of light soap, pine, spicy, muted but I like it... The taste is spice pine with a touch of molasses. Easy to drink. Recommend.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color and aroma and taste are all completely different. Pours a dark cola brown, aroma wise is the piney smell that I have come to love then the taste is pure grapefruit. Not much bitterness at all. Really a citrus bomb.
sickboy79 (66) - USA - MAR 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the first Black IPA Iíve ever tried. Iím a hop head, so I couldnít resist. Really interesting flavors. Pours black like a stout, with a nice little head. Aroma is coffee and hops - floral like. Taste is a mix of a porter and IPA to my tastes. Very rich coffee like flavors with a wonderful hop bite on top! I dig it! Highly recommended for hop heads looking for something different. Second time Iíve purchased it.
crossovert (6119) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Fruity and dry, not much roastiness or bitterness. Black IPAs are a trend that I canít figure out.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with an average, fizzy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (fruity) with notes of alcohol, raisin, and tar. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, caramel, toasted, roasted), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol and plums. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.
ph0tik (91) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I liked this beer. It had a nice, smoky, pine like finish and went down super smooth. This was only the second black IPA I have tried and would recommend it.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Medium beige head atop cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, light roast. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, chococaramel, some roast. Medium-full body, some stickiness.