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 I’ve ever tried. I’m a hop head, so I couldn’t 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 I’ve purchased it.
crossovert (8484) - 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 can’t figure out.
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - 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 (11863) - 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.
Travlr (14454) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Clear brown, off white head, nice lacing. Aroma of coffee grounds, cocoa, straw. Taste is dilute and bitter coffee.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice hoppy nose with some light roast and a touch of chocolate. The taste is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lots of milk chocolate, some roast, light toffee and lots of citrus hops. Decent.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark with some light permitted through. Head is white and lively. Nose most notable for some heavy malt and a hint of hops. Medium on the tongue with elements of chocolate and bran moving into a nicely balanced resiny hop.
tmoreau (2724) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just tapped at Lunar Brewing Co. and dispensed to a chalice upon request, for a little variety. The color was darkest brown, with an abundant amount of tan/light brown, frothy head foam, followed by rings of ribbony lacing. The nose was light roastiness and cocoa, with citrus and resiny notes following. Ditto on the flavor, adding a well rounded, hop bitterness and nicely hidden alcohol to the medium body. The finish was pleasantly dry, with some lingering bitterness. A fine example of this newer style entry.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A Black IPA with way too much cooked vegetables. Meh.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed fresh about 2 months after bottling. Bottle sent to me by oakbluff, thanks Scott
The look: Near black body (cola color) topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose has plenty of citrus fruits but also some cooked vegetables. Taste is has solid full bodied dark malt backbone a nice fruity hopping and some oily nuts but to me everything was overwhelmed by the cooked vegetables flavor. Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc. The vegetables even overwhelmed the bitterness. The fruity bitterness of medium intensity was ruined by cooked carrots and other vegetable flavors. So, so this is another 750ml from Grand Teton that disappoints me. One too many. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, wow, you’re good. Fool me four times, holy shit, how do you have a PHD degree in fooling?