Beaver (1372) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL pours clear dark mahogany with infra red hues and nice looking near creamy light mocha head. The modest aroma emits some dark fruity esters, smooth blunted pine like hoppiness, a bit of dark roasted malts and a sense of spicy black licorice. Not sure how this ďCellar ReserveĒ is going to actually cellar. I guess the bottle I have here has several months of age on it. As a consequence Iím tasting a pleasing mix of sweet dark fruity esters, a touch of chocolate, earthiness and a pretty firm non bitter pine hop flavor note. To midway though the hop bitterness does come forward with pine hop resin mixing with a slight malt roastiness.
jgb9348 (4923) - 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 (7224) - 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 (3485) - 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 (2382) - 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 (8349) - 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 (10390) - 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.