bnoel09 (515) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a shaker glass. Color is dark brown/black with a thin tab head. Aroma is all hops, mostly resinous hops. Flavor is a nice combination of roasted malt and hops. Still hoppy like an IPA but has a nice smooth mouthfeel and roasted quality. Palate is medium bodied with a slightly bitter finish. Overall this is my first black IPA but I am liking the style so far.
thetmaxx (838) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from the bottle into one of my shaker glass’. Pours dark brown almost black. thin tan head with lots of lacing. Aroma is all hops! Flavour is bitter up front, really nice hop flavours. Then finishes totally roasty. I love Black Ipa’s, and usually they are more roast, or more hops, but this one seems very well balanced! One of the best Grand Teton beers I’ve had!! Now that I’ve gone black, I can’t go back!!!
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sugar Maple. Black indeed with a creamy brown head turning into a Saturn like ring. Perhaps it’s power of suggestion, but I swear I smelled fish, trout to be exact of the first whiff. Smoked malts, peat, dark malt and pine round out the flavors. Taste of dark chocolate, pine, roasted malt, mild alcohol and some light smoked malt. Decent brew.
StormCoat (118) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a bottle at BevMo in San Diego, California. Tasted it from a snifter. This beer pours a very dark brown with a thick, creamy tan head that diminishes slowly. Aroma is sweet, with a bit of a hoppy, sprucy funk. Flavors are also sweet, with crisp, juicy citrus and light pine flavors balancing a nutty bitterness. This is the first black IPA I’ve tried, and I really enjoy the complexity of the richer, burnt flavors as they combine with those lighter fruit and herb tastes. Body feels just slightly over-medium, but still light enough to seem very drinkable. Very nice overall.
jc4031 (129) - Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle of 2010 cellar reserve, not a bad beer from grand teton. color was an opaque black with some nice head retention. didnt get much of the piney taste, could use a bit more hops.
Nickls (2076) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, argo0 tasting. Lighter mahogany color. Nice citrus hop presence, and interesting burnt toast aroma (in a good way). Hints of chocolate accompany the substantive citrus hop profile and toast. Aroma is much brighter than the flavor, but still a pretty tasty brew.
queenholly (3594) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From December 2010 tasting notes. Bottle. Black brown with a small beige head. Caramel, hops, and orange peel aroma. Flavor was orange peel, slightly copper metallic, with a bitter finish. Light bodied and tannic.
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bottle in Chicago. Pours light black-stout with foamy tan head. Nose is dry hops, not particularly fresh, and roasty malts. Body is a bit light but nicely refreshing and balanced. Fruity citrus that finishes with smooth bitterness of dry hops and toasty malting. Quite nice but not hitting the sweet spots of crisp or particularly full flavored.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 3/19/11. 750ml bottle with a cap. Bottled Nov 04 2010. Pours dark and rather opaque with a brownish black hue. Bubbled khaki head. Aromas of soapy citrus and grapefruit hops. All hops in the nose, but it also has a subtle malty sweetness. Medium to full bodied with a ton more base malts in the palate than in the olfactory. Good coffee acidity and a nice toasty fudge note. The malt bill is full rich and quite nice while the bitter hops really add a dimension and depth of complexity to both the body and flavor palate. Good roasted flavors followed by the hop punch. Nice take on a relatively new style.
rougeau13 (2275) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly black pour with a big frothy tan head that laces thickly. Aroma of mostly roasted malt and some pine. Big, rich flavor of roast, chocolate and pine. Medium-full bodied and really smooth. Excellent.