scooterbub (958) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25.4 ounce bottle. Pours a nice red-black to a cloudy orange-brown (depending on sediment) with a decent one inch tan head that is clingy and slowly fades. Taste is of malt, hops, caramel, fruit, grapefruit, pine, resin and some alcohol. Similar aroma. The finish is a bit bitter, dry and warming. Leaves me wanting more. Has a nice full body that is a bit chewy and creamy. Surprisingly easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I wouldn’t mind having this again.
Dfonorow (1992) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin tan head with large carbonation bubbles and sporadic lacing. Aroma is of pine needles and roasted malts with just a slight amount of citrus. Flavor is sweeter than the aroma - roasted coffee, toasted pine needles, and light chocolate. Medium mouth-feel, good carbonation.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled on 3/12/11: Pours a clear deep copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with some fresh grapefruity hoppy notes. Starts with good fullness and lightly sweet toasty dark malts with a clean fresh resiny hop flavor before a drier crisp bittersweet finish. A nice black IPA.
bnoel09 (570) - 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 (893) - 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 (119) - 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 (2228) - 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 (3609) - 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.