BeerandBlues2 (11054) - San Diego, California, 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 (92) - 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 (12498) - 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 (17662) - 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 (3143) - 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 (6103) - 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?
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits, San Francisco. Poured a deep dark brown/black colour with a mid sized tan head. Aroma revealed citrus, piney hop mingled with some roast/burnt toast notes. Fullish mouthfeel. Hoppage was once again prominent in the taste, coupled with some tasty chocolate, malts and nice fruitiness. ABV nicely smothered. Hop bitterness continued on into the finish. I really enjoyed this. Good effort.
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: can definately smell the malt, some caramel, hop is secondary; Appearance: medium bodied tan head on pour that lingers for a bit, looks a lot like porter, not much like an IPA, very dark brown but not hazy, lets just a hint of light through around the edges; Taste: EXTREMELY bitter, wow, I was not expecting that, lives up to its 145 IBU rating, lots of roasty malt, not much pine; Palate: after the bitter punch, the palate is mostly that of a dark beer, where the malt lingers but not much of the IPA quality, pretty enjoyable, good carbonation; Overall: this beer was just a plain wierd experience, looked nothing like and IPA, and in its palate, there was a lot of malt, I’d say, except for its extremely bitter IPA quality, it was more of a malty, rather than a hoppy, experience, I’d still recommend it as something unique