justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, near black pour with a medium-to-thin brownish head. This is an interesting example of the black IPA craze. There is a nice, roasty malt character that works well with the hops (and they are plentiful).
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown to black with a medium to large sized beige head. A touch of roast on the nose, big spicy grapefruit and citrus, caramel and malt. Medium bodied, grainy roast and soft sticky hops. A touch grainy throughout, leading into a nice roast bitterness that segues to a long grapefruit note. Nice enough, easy drinking.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
An appealing off-white head remains above the clear dark brown cola pour. Flowery, resinous and herbal aroma is mostly hop-focused, the malt character remaining timid. Thin and dry mouth presence, the only malt trait felt is a rough ashtray burnt roastiness and there is little other support. This gives an acid kick that the American hops push further and makes for a clashing citrus/burnt grain combo that feels out of balance. The hops are not destructive though, remaining as much on the aromatic than bitter side. Still, I rarely say that, but more roundness would have been welcome in this one. The dry/acidic/bitter flavour profile is not attractive enough (hints of chlorine, medicine) or natural enough to translate into high drinkability.
rocbyter (1944) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Initial strong malt with a light amount of hops in the aroma. Black color with a medium brown head. Light malt in the beginning with a light beginning. Not very bitter.
SudsMcDuff (6764) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bwak meow, bwak meow .. everywhere i turn, black ipa’s!! .. . 6-7 bucks, 22oz bottle - thanks M.A .. . pours a deep brown .. light foam .. light lacing .. . burnt toast, dog food, and a muddled burnt bitterness .. . medium to light mouthfeel .. . needs some direction but easy enough to drink
.. . . you know what, i could go for a reuben...
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Light toasted malty flavor with a lingering finish.
llcooldave (1161) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a creamy head. Fresh citrus and pine aroma that’s very noticeable before I even poured it in the glass. Tangy citrus flavor notes followed by roasted malt. Overall, a very solid representation of the style in my opinion. Basically, I dig it...
Farmgirl73 (10) - - FEB 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious roastiness, well balanced, not much aroma, another fine offering from the 100 Barrel series
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bomber. the color is more brown than black with a thin head. Aroma start macaroon and pineapple but shifted to more spoiled op funk as it warmed. The taste is light bitter and dark toast and earthiness. smooth palate. I could session this
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Tylers Apex. 10oz pour. Ok/ good aroma, sweet. Roasty, little yeasty streak. Minor, coconut malibu streak. Clean Blackish brown.ok head and lace. Bittersweet flavor. Light body, creamy mouthfeel, bitterdry finish. Ok, hits the marks, but doesn’t wow. Maybe a tad thin in its catagory.