daknole (8331) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark pour wtih a beige head. Aroma is resinous up front, with some roasted malt, cocoa powder and coffee. Grapefruit peel notes, roasted malt, burned toast, coffee.
Ibrew2or3 (6441) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of dcschiller. It pours mahogany with a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up malt balls, spicy wood, like notes, flower pedals and roasted malts. The taste has spicy notes from hops like pine and then sort of a cedar wood sensation followed by dark roasted malts and a bit of coffee and chocolate. It has pleasing levels of both roasted malts and hops. Pretty bold in flavor yet pretty thin in palate with the various notes being on the bright side. I would think a year in the cellar will smooth and meld these flavors into harmony.
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bottle, all to myself. Near-black pour that, if held up to my iPad screen, has deep golden amber highlights. Cool. I am on the last few sips of this thing in my giant British pint-sized Mill Street Brewery shaker glass, and there is still a thin brown head present, with several continent-shaped sheets of dried lace at the top of the glass. Ahhhh the scent! Iíve said in older reviews that I love a black IPA in which the black malts share equal billing with the hops,otherwise whats the point of it being black when all you can taste and smell are hop oils? This beer nails that balance: on the nose, rich chocolatey malts intermingle beautifully with citrus, pine, and blackberry notes. Wow. Iím smelling it again right now... On the palate, the marriage remains blissful, with cocoa, espresso, guava, grapefruit, and yes, a ghostly blackberry note all preceding a pithy assertively bitter finish. An absolutely fantastic black IPA in its freshest state.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: An exemplary Black IPA. That simple
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh, 1.5 month after the beer release. Bottle from Savvy1982, thanks a lot Kyle
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head leaving good lacings on the glass
In long: The inviting nose is dominated by the hops aroma (piney and tropical fruits) over a slice of chocolate cake. Taste is roasted but not overly so, plenty of blackened cake malts, a bit chocolaty, a sip of black coffee. Basically a very satisfying malt backbone for that type of beer. Then a solid hopping but not a hop-bomb, with such a solid malt backbone this beer is more a well balanced Black IPA than a hophead wet dream. The nice tasty hops provide piney and tropical fruits flavors. A nice clean and refreshing bitterness of medium intensity, tasty bitterness but nothing resinous here,. This is clearly one of the better Black IPA I have had, certainly in my top-10 of the style. A good beer like this puts me in such a good mood, it makes me want to hug someone that doesnít get on my nerves until he/she says ďplease let me go, I donít know youĒ because everybody I know get on my nerves, An actual Black Galaxy (or the more politically correct terminology ďgalaxy of colorĒ) is a galaxy oppressed by the white universe that steels stars from regular luminous galaxies.
reebtogi (3797) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours black in color with a finger of light tan head that settles down to some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malts and pine. Taste is roasted malt sweetness with some piney hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Would have scored higher, but the bitterness of this one just lingered too long and turned me off a bit.
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at nbutler11ís bachelor party! Dark mahogany pour with some grapefruit, candied citrus, orange peel, lemon rind, and malty, smoky, caramel and toffee. Much more sweetness and muddled ashiness than I would have liked.
pintbypint (2358) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml brown bottle. Very deep brown-black pour with a bit of hard ruby edges. Head is deep tan and flares up BIG. When it settles it leaves a lot of sticky and patchy lace. Nose has a nice resiny note, nice pine, citrusy and fresh. In the mouth the beer has a dark chocolate malt base,semi- roasty malts, late leafy hops. Mellow finish, Body seems pretty soft, carbonation seems mild and smooth. Super drinkability, good dark IPA. Worth drinking.
dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roast, tropical and citrusy hops. Taste is semi-sweet with plenty of roast. Thin bodied and dry. ok.
VertBaconStrips (2014) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well - if all Black IPAís smelled and tasted like this Iíd be a bigger fan. Poured out pretty much totally black with a small foamy tan head that settles quickly and leaves some mess. Initially the coffee aroma greeted me with distain but these damn citrus hops just crush it. How they got all blended up so well is beyond me. There be some chocolate too. Damn this Leffe glass - always sucks balls for reviewing - it was either this glass or a frying pan. Interestingly enough Iím not even sure if I am smelling coffee anymore. Itís a new aroma for me and itís taking a bit to figure out. Grapefruits, tropical things with a minor soap quality (but not soapy), mellow pine and fair sized roasted malts. K - This is almost lame to say but with a glass this big and some hard swirls I actually created a very cool multi-shaded swirl pattern in the head.. pretty cool and pretty nerdy at the same time. And Ferfie hit the minty chocolate thing on the head. Here and there I do get a very fresh blast of pine needles that fade quickly. By brew is constantly covered with a cover that never leaves the surface clean. The flavour is pretty good and pretty damn bitter but not a pure palate wrecker. My girls just canít seem to get enough of listening to Powerslave by Iron Maiden today - thatís freaking cool. Big grapefruit and pine pounding with a healthy dose of bitterness and roasted malts to attempt to keep everything under control. There isnít a lot of depth to the flavour but things do come in waves and linger well. Fairly well carbonated, nice mouthfeel, long and hard bitter finish with roasty bits peering out here and there under the tsunami of bitterness that now exists. Weird ass nose burps too. I dig but mostly for the bitterness.... and the lack of coffee.
northropfrye (1889) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2012 Black in colour with off white head. Quite aromatic - sweet honey hops, some pine, dark roasted malts, chocolate. Taste is hoppy and sweet, basically like a honeyish IPA with a touch of dark roasted malts. Excellent stuff.