bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle, BB June 11, courtesy of Ryan) Pours a dark brown body with a moderate cream head. Aroma of roasted malt, pine, citrus, nuts, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, pine, orange, some cocoa, and grass with a dry finish.
italianjohn (2207) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark pour blackish brown orange hue ... light beige head light lacing .... sweet and roasted aroma light citrusy hop and touch of chocolate malt .... taste is sweet malts, light citrusy hop and roasted malts and a light bitter hop that flows in the finish ... overall decently balanced abv hidden well falls short of their loose cannon ipa flavor but a sessionable brew
Onslow (1076) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Inky black brew with thin tan head. Aroma of burnt malts combined with floral / citrus hops - sounds good but the two don’t mesh as well as I expected. Seems a little sour in combination. Flavor is interesting mix of roasted / burn grains with chocolate and coffee overtones blended with the extreme hoppiness of a modern IPA. It’s not bad but I find the flavors competing at times. In the finish especially, when the burnt aspect ofthe malts and citrus hops assert themselves there is competition and a bit of discord, even though each flavor in its own right is excellent. This is a hard one to rate - this is my first black IPA and maybe I’m just reacting to the style. A somewhat light palate (for such a substantial brew) is a plus.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours pretty much black with nice ruby highlights and a small, active, foamy, tan head. The nose is pleasantly citrusy with some light roasted undertones. The flavor strikes a nice balance between malt and roasted hops. Some citrus and pine notes (APA like) and light roasty notes, and a bit of toasted malt sweetness. Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation leading to a rather dry and slightly roasty finish. This is one well put together black ale!
markwise (4175) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to the Tampa Crew for sharing this one. Pours a dark brown with a white head. Nose is some dark malt, some coffee, some roast, and a hint of earthy hops. Flavor is similar- hint of roast, some coffee, and some hops. Light in body and not bad starter.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Nice tangy fresh, citrus-heavy American hop nose. Pungent and enjoyable, backed with a little bit of roast. Flavors mingle and come out with aromatic hops and a roast base that edges dark porter or stout. In my opinion, this is an example of the style that blurs the line between Black IPA and a hoppy Stout. It’s nice, the flavors are great, meld well, and it’s obviously a well brewed beer, I just think the stylistic distinction is a little pointless with this much charred, roasty, and stout-like character.
cheap (3747) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2011
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Big black pour wit a choco moose head that runs away. Aroma of your favorite girlfreind when she’s just starting to get a little BO. Big rude initial flavor blast. Over the top and down the side we go. Head over heels. Sharp giant flavor attack. Wew, quite a large flavor blast. Way to much for my girlie taste buds. Oily palate like pine or spruce tar. Burping brownish citrus hops. Big long lingering too much to handle finish. Alky content is apparent. Big roasty hop flavored old burnt damp wood aftertaste.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4466) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a matte black color with a medium sized foamy tan head that lingered and produced good lacing. The aroma was strong floral and piney hops - almost gritty and dry. The flavor was dry and very bitter with rather strong floral hops and touches roasty malts and nut. The finish was long with fruity hops coming out and floral hops lingering. Medium body and surprisingly smooth. Solid.
thornecb (4104) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours mahogany-tinged black into a shaker. Mocha head with medium retention recedes leaving scant spiders to skim surface. Dark roasted chocolate malt aromas. Thin with front to back charred chocolate. Lasting toasted grapefruit pith finish.
chandler0201 (638) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with small tan head and some lacing. Flavor was malty but also had citrus bitterness. Weird hybrid of porter and IPA. I’ll give them credit for the novel attempt, but not all that good.