rubbishystuff (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle. Pretty good beer. Hoppy but not overly-aggressively so. Nice roasted flavor. Serving: Tap
hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black pour, citrus and hops aroma. Taste isn’t as hoppy as the aroma, hints of roast malt, also fairly sweet. Heavy bodied, low carbonation, and a slightly bitter finish. This is sweeter and less hoppy than a typical ipa, but I like it and drink it all the time.
douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle bought in Boise. Pours a dark mahogany color, appears black until held up to light, with a large light cream colored head. A very nice pine and citrus hop nose. The flavor is very good; dominated very much by the hops, pine, some nice orange peel bitterness, fruity, zesty and spicy, light chocolates and toasted malt. Very nice. So easy to drink. I love this style.
baraciisch (2031) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The second black IPA I’ve had... Still not terribly impressed with this style. Seems like people just want to invent stuff to be different, not because it is good. This one seems better than the Deschutes one however. Black in color with an orange tan head... Aroma is the most interesting part, burnt malts, caramel, citrus hops... Body is fairly light, citrus notes... Gives way to a coffee bitterness on the palate... Definitely complex, could probably get used to it...
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep black with a medium head. Aroma of grapefruit rind, pine and burnt malt. The flavor is more complex with chocolate, and roasted malts. It finishes with bittering hops and burnt malt.
Cavie (3844) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Attractive reddish orange color with a circle of tan head. Sweet malty notes mixed with a nice balance of hops. Flavor is syrupy sweet and bitter roasted hops. Roasted caramel malts also come into play. Finishes a small amount of bitterness. Fairly well put together.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, pine, and citrus. Flavor of chocolate, coconut, caramel, roasted malt, and pine with a dry, moderately bitter finish.
Luckyhank (32) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good, but not quite great, IPA. Love the dark color, but other than that there is nothing that exciting or unique about it.
shrubber85 (7970) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Toffee malt, orange, and peel aroma. Dark brown-black with minimal head. Lightly sweet toffee malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Okay but fairly subdued.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap @ 1702, Tucson; November 2010
The beer arrives from the tap with a thin, pale head that is surprisingly light for a beer that is so black; it does show a clear brown hue in the light though. The nose has a resinous pine aroma that is backed by piquant citrus zest. The aroma is even somewhat dank from the hops and sometimes seems to have a cheese-like quality to it. The citrus reminds me more of Meyer lemons and lemon zest than the typical IPA aromatics, but this seems typical of these beers that have roast grain in them.
As the beer first hits my mouth it tastes quite bitter and resinous. The citrus character comes out quite a bit more as the beer warms up. A soft sweetness accentuates the fruity hops, but this is still secondary to the herbaceous resinous hops flavors and bitterness. An accentuating roast note in the finish is not overly noticeable but boosts the perceived bitterness. There is a touch of body to this brew, but it certainly hits the quaffability that a good IPA should. This ends up as quite a nice beer; the roast is subdued, which works with the hops character, though this last could even be a bit more prominent.