jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Deep brown body. Frothy, light beige head, slowly diminishing. The aroma is roasty, almost burnt. Notes of mild coffee, floral hops, resin and pine. Hints of earthiness, leaves and charcoal. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture and livecly carbonation. The problem with this style is the combination of roasted malts and resiny hops leaves flavors of dried plant stems, dried grass and the bottom of an ashtray on the back of the tongue. This beer is less so than others, but itís still there. I still drank the whole pint.
mcnealc31 (242) - Elida, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like fruit and pine, like you would expect from an IPA, and itís definitely black. Iím noticing some familiar stout characteristics with a dry, smokey mouth feel. Some chocolate and nutiness. It is a bit lighter than most stouts, and while there are some hops in the finish, it isnít a huge, in your face IPA. Really well balanced, and there isnít even a hint of the 7.3% ABV.
This might disappoint hop heads expecting a super bitter IPA, but I think itís a great blend of two differing styles.
jw0406 (599) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours a rich black color with a nice tan head. Aroma of grapefruit and floral, with malt and chocolate in the background. Taste starts bitter, creamy, with malt at the end
elgiacomo (744) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, best by May 2011. Pours dark brown, almost black with a two finger foamy light brown head that leaves some clumpy lacing and holds a good cap. Aroma is floral and citrus hops with some roasted malt and chocolate. Also some coffee, caramel, toasted bread, nuts and the roast aspect really starts to come out as the beer warms. Good to very good strength. Flavor starts with the hops, citrus/grapefruit, floral, a bit of pine and finishes with nice smooth chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee and caramel. Mild sweetness, moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, medium carbonation. An excellent Black IPA, nice balance of hops and malts, very drinkable and enjoyable.
scottw86 (1039) - Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured black with a medium-sized foamy light-tan head. Aroma has lots of floral hops with some caramel malts. Taste at first has some toasty flavors, but it transitions into a hoppy creamy taste. The hops have some resin and they mix well with the coffee/vanilla flavors from the chocolate malts. Very well balanced. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and hoppy. Overall a very good black ipa.
jrob21 (2184) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much of this beer comes across as faint and a little thin but you can pick up some decent hoppy notes and some nutti maltiness as well. On tap at 6 feet under. Chewy grain flavors with a little bit of sweet nuttiness and toffee. Piney hop flavor and finish. A little orange citrus aroma. Everythign needs to be kicked up a notch though. A little more muscle.
unclemattie (3908) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ TacoMac, Crabapple. Black pour, fluffy white head. Aroma of herbal hops, roasted grains, and cooked honey. Nice sweetness from the malt, some chocolate malt as well. Finishes with a burnt grains flavor, a touch of coffee. Hop character is very earthy, nice florals, a touch medicinal. Lots of dry honey flavor s as well. Very unique to the style, a good amount of flavor complexity to keep my palate wanting another dose.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
black with large white head. nose of herbal hops. firm bitterness before some medium crystal sweetness and some chocolate malt with herbal hops flavor that is strong, but the strong residual sweetness minimizes the hops and leaves a cloying flavor.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best Before: May 2011.
Appearance: Pours a black body with a frothy, splotch-inducing, light khaki-colored head.
Smell: Charry, burnt grains akin to black patent malt on the initial sniff. Faint bitterish chocolate hint tucked well in back. Pithy-scented, oily citrus fruits and pine needles from the hops.
Taste: Roasted grains, with touches of dark chocolate and harsh coffee. Faintly sweet. Scorched, lightly acrid grains throughout. Pithy grapefruit, bitter orange wedges, and resinous pine with a medium degree of bitterness. Drying, bitter, and roasty on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Falls just shy of being medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.
Drinkability: A simple case of charry malts overshadowing the hops keeps this from being anything more than a run-of-the-mill BIPA.
Beirater (10) - USA - FEB 8, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a translucent mahogany with a tight head. A tiny bit of lacing. Stunning flowery nose, punctuated with coffee and split pea soup. Intense musty flavor, maybe a little cilantro and biscuit malt. Creamy mouthfeel and extremely long finish.