NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Kuma’s. Pours a slightly murky dark brown verging on black, tan head. Nose is a blast of roast, floral hops, citrus and pine. The roast is too much for the style here. Lots of hops come across, though. On tasting, light savory roast is set aside for the strongly citrusy hop profile. Very firm bitterness enhanced by the drying roast. Clean fermentation but the roastiness is a bit distracting, keeping it from hitting the upper echelon. Solid.
jsquire (3400) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a dark beer with a big foamy beige head. Some cereal grains, some of them burnt, and citrus hops in the nose. Strong grapefruit juice and pine hop flavors with some roasted grains and burnt toast flavors. There is a wet caramel sweetness. The is a full flavored, sweet hoppy beer.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full pour and first pint had at greenbush, rated last... Pours a deeper mostly opaque dark reddish black hue. A reluctant wispy ring if light beige head rests on top... Aroma of green citrusy pine hope, lighter roast and grain on the backend. Solid and without that yeast character. Thank goodness for that... Flavors follow suit consistently with a similar hop profile with more of a firmly planted roasted malt and grain presence. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. A slightly bitter roast finish presents itself late.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hopleaf. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big, resiny and dank citruses with lots of dark chocolate and slightly ashy roasts. A few minty florals in there as well. Flavor is similar. Plenty of catty citruses and minty florals with a bunch of dark chocolates and somewhat ashy roasts. Finishes dry, roasty, resiny, and moderately bitter with lots of citruses and a nice chocolate. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really enjoyable Black IPA. Lots of citruses and pleasantly bitter with a good amount of ashy roasts, but well balanced by a nice chocolate backing. Good one.
Headbanger (3246) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle 6/8/13 (Binny’s Downers Grove Mix a Six)-40° in Shaker-Pours black with a small loose tan head. Aroma of hops, chocolate, and coffee. Taste of the same with more chocolate and coffee. This medium to full bodied brew has a lot darker tastes and is still easily drinkable. Great brew.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
What seems to be an over carbonated bottle, settles quickly to a thin tan sheen. The pitch black color looks very much like a stout and smells spicy like root beer. The beer is very hops forward, with the maltiness lacking on the back end. I hate to say it but this could use a little more balance.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Opaque deep brown body, thin ring of cream-colored carbonation. Nose of dry roasted malts and charred hops. Dry, creamy body, thin and acidic with huge notes of roasted coffee and hints of brown sugar and red wine. Finishes with a medley of tannic leafy hops. Quite complex.
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Overcarbonated, had to decant. Big super spicy aroma. Condensed, rich fresh spicy hops and darker malts. This has a really fun unique Black IPA flavor profile. Good restraint on the dark malt flavors and a really nice blast of piney and spicy hops. Spicy, have I said that enough. Grassy and bitter in the finish, as it should be. Dial in the carbonation and you’ve got a very fine Cascadian Dark Ale here.
Iphonephan (3058) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a cola brown with a beige head. Strong pine aroma. Flavors of spruce with bitterness mellowed by some sweet malt.
ReggieDunlap (3028) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with a thin tan head. aroma has charred notes, caramel, a touch of anise, and a bit of a magic marker note. flavor is roasty with good burnt bitterness...notes of anise and citrusy hops...thankfully no magic marker taste. mouthfeel is medium and silky with a dry burnt/bitter roasty/dark fruit/anise finish.