pantanap (3366) - 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) - Plainfield, 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.
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.
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, 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.
Silphium (3190) - 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.
tmoreau (3150) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass with modest gush this time, but not as active as other GB offerings have treated me. Displayed a ruby highlighted, black/brown color, with abundant, moussy, brownish tan head foam that left thick, patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma was roasty, with some sweetness, mocha notes, mainly citrus, but some odd combination of resin, chemical, and caramel scent, along with well water & rust after further revisiting the nose. The taste was dry, roasty, with a bit of burnt grain & smoke, and medium, earthy, citrusy hop bitterness that lingered. Medium bodied, with lively enough carbonation. The taste was okay, the nose disappointed, but I wasn’t angered, just bummed.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2015 Tap: Black, traced with a wood-stained shade of dark brown around the edge, capped with a coffee-cream colored head that mellows out slowly, leaving behind some spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy chocolate malt, dry cocoa powder, crushed coffee beans, burnt caramel, roast, & a back-end of mostly hoppage; leaves, mild pine, citrus peel. The taste really amplifies the citric presence of the hops... peppery white grapefruit & tangerine flesh, actually almost tart for a split second before the herbal & more ashy notes come in with the heavy bitterness. Malty finish & aftertaste with roasted coffee beans, cocoa dust, burnt malt, & charred wood, all meshed with the decrescendo of citric & pine-forward hops. Not bad, but something wasn’t meshing perfectly between the malt & hops, for some reason. Definitely a nice brew, but nothing to go crazy over.
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thick dark coffee in color with a lady beige head. The aroma is light roasted not quite burnt coffee. Flavor is nice roasted coffee notes and pretty subtle hops after that.
umich03jm (2994) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Box Bar. Pours a pitch black color with a thick off white head that lingers. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, pine, and citrus. Taste is very smooth and delicious. Roasty with a solid bitterness, nice amount of pine and citrus hops, and a thick body. Long roasted malt and hoppy finish. Really good black ipa.
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Reynolds314 (2989) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent Black IPA. The hops combine for a soapy like character that Im not a huge fan of but the roasty backbone is there and the hop presence is strong.