DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 12oz bottle (best by: April 2012). Black color, minimal light brown head, nice lace. Very nice bitter dark chocolate taste. Most Black IPAs I try are heavy on the IPA side, but this has more of a nice roasty stouty balance. Nice crisp carbonation, thicker texture but good dryness still, long aftertaste. Very good. 7 / 4 / 7 / 5 / 15
Re-rate, 1/15/13: 12oz bottle, best by 6/13, shared with friends. Dark brown color, hint of red in there, clear body, minimal khaki head leaving little lace. Friends liked it, but insisted on the nose descriptors of ammonia and dog piss (?). I think the nose has a typical black IPA smell of herbal earthy hops, some chocolate malts, little roasty malt. A nice nose, actually. Good bitter taste, light sweet. Smooth, light carbonation. Drier texture. Bigger body. Tasty, satisfying black IPA. 7 / 4 / 7 / 4 / 15
steelhead3686 (258) - Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a pitch black with a light caramel head that dissipates quickly. Somewhat hoppy aroma with some chocolate and roast notes. The taste is medium bitter. The palate is a light to medium body with a thin texture, light carbonation and a faint bitter finish. Nothing special about this brew other than it is black as the night. I have had some other black IPAs and they weren’t quite as dark.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour medium tan head with speckle lacing. Smell is roast and resious hops, but perhaps a bit weak. Taste is a mild bitterness (piney), coffee, chocolate, maltiness. Almost more dark than light. Good.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL. Pours clear brown to deep amber looking deep cola in the snifter with a larger, tan head. Good retention and smaller lace. Nose is cola, rum soaked cherries, sweet citrus, sweet raisins. Taste is quite sweet, chocolate covered raisins. Not a lot of resinous character and really not all the hoppy. Tastes more like a decent, normal porter. Palate is thinner, tangy, a bit dry with small chalk and ash. A bit suddy in the finish. I don’t think this quite counts as Black IPA.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Black Cannon
Date: March 31, 2011
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: black, creamy beige head, layers of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet roasted and citrus aroma, sheets of lace
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, lots of citrus, caramel sweetness, bitter dark chocolate
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells spicy with some resiny undertones. Tastes of dark chocolate, resiny, some spicy elements with a velvety mouthfeel.
jlruthven (600) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours porter-black, pretty decent off-white head. Slight lacing. Nose is like a combination of juicy hops and mildly-burnt hops; piney, nice citrus presence. Tastes like a particularly hoppy porter: burnt malt notes, slight coffee presence, hints of sharp hop bitterness. Pretty drinkable, if unspectacular.
adnielsen (10382) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of my brother Justin. Thanks! Black appearance with a creamy, light brown head. Moderately piney, resiny, mild roasty malty aroma. Nice chocolate, roasty malty backbone with a organic, very light citrusy, piney flavor. Solid beer but nothing special.
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle thanks to ryan) clear rich ruby/brown with a ring of fine tan bubbles. Nose of coffee, cream, oats and orange. Taste of orange, smooth chocolate, oats, creamy body and easy to drink.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a creamy brown slowly fading topper and flare lacing. Aroma is dark and malty with a nice hoppy backbone. Citrus, some pine along with mildly roasted malt and caramel. Taste is dark and hoppy but not up to snuff. Caramel, citrus, light chocolate and mild alcohol burn.