Nickls (1863) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Near black color, tan head. Citrus hop aromas with grapefruit and a slight bit of lemon, and a deeper maltiness and light roast in the aroma. Hops are tamer than in the aroma, but still solid with a touch of roast and twinge of sweetness. Medium and creamy body. Not bad.
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour, looks similar in color to a porter. Nice strong hop pine aroma with a malt backbone. Smooth body, nicely carbonated. The flavor is a great mix of sweet roasted malt with just the right amount of bite from the hops. An great beer from this intriguing style.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darft. Pours a dark bruin near black body with a tan head and light sticky lacing. Roast y hoppy body with pine, grass, herbs, and roasted coffee tones. A hint nutty but more so chewy from the resinous hop body and a grassy spiced finish. Decent ipa.
nathan30533 (613) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer. The way a black IPA should be. Very hoppy but a smith malt finish.
obguthr (3913) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lemon zest, charred oak, and tree bark nose. Clear mahogany, medium tan head. Well balanced blend of rustic woody and citrus notes. Nice mocha finish. Flavorful without being overbearing. Nothing remarkable other than it is a well made enjoyable IDA.
alexsdad06 (5553) - Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Root Cellar. Pours a clear brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is roasted malt with earthy and citrus hops. The flavor has some dark roasted malts; green, citrus and earthy hops and something I am having trouble placing. It’s a bit thin and the finish kind of fades away. Worth having once.
bu11zeye (11971) - 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 (2350) - 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 (1184) - 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 (3300) - 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!