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 itís 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 Iíve 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 (1956) - Kingstowne, 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 (3374) - 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 (2962) - 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 (2179) - 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.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Served in a Stillwater wine glass.
Pours black with a single-finger light tan head and some good spotty lacing. The nose brings some piney and resinous hops, but also smells a bit like amoxicillin and antibiotics. There is a bit of an earthy component there as well. The taste is slightly-resinous and medicinal. It finishes a bit dry with some faint roast. Overall, Iím not a big fan of this as it reminds me of hoppy antibiotics.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-30-2010
Beaver (1443) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, dated 11/16/2010. Pours a dark brown with a big fluffy / creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is a nice combination of sweet roasted chocolate malts and piney, slightly citric, hops. This is what a black IPA should smell like.
The flavor is sweet chocolate malts and fruit with some roast (light coffee) and piney fruity hops in the finish that add a medium bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a little watery.
Overall, this is probably the best Black IPA Iíve had to date. I havenít been a big fan of them so far, but this is well balanced with a nice combination of sweet chocolate, roast, citric fruits and piney hops.