nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is like tar (turpentine) with burnt malt, pine hops, and touches of coffee and chocolate lost in the hops. The appearance is brown with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma and while strange it’s not bad. The palate is smooth but thin. Overall an interesting beer that grows on you as you drink it but the aroma is a bit off-putting.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear crimson cola color with a thin to medium sized beiged tan head. Big coffee and roast, toast. Medium bodied, but light, toast. Nice and subtle. Basic black IPA, decent, but nothing amazing. Long roast and char on the finish, light grapefruit bitterness.
bconger (140) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at j Clyde. Black pour with tan head and good lacing. Aromas of toasty malt. Thick and well carbonated, the flavor is well-balanced with nice toast, sunflower sees nuttiness, and lingering bitterness.
gsmitty80 (2083) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was not one of my favorite black IPAs this season and I did expect more from Heavy Seas. The beer was very thick and malty with a heavy mouthfeel and not too much flavor hops. I hope they are not losing their touch.
Hangover (1094) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Suprisingly black with a small tan head. Aroma is citrus hops with some chocolate. Flavor is citrus, pine with a good dose of coffee towards the finish. This is a very smooth beer with nice body and mouthfeel. Black IPA’s seem to be pretty popular now but this one stands out to me as pretty good. I like loose cannon so maybe that has something to do with it.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, toast, light chocolate, burnt sugar, light pine. Flavors are of citrus, grass, roasted malt and a bit of smoke... and maybe charcoal. Medium body, roast, bitter, a tinge sour(rye sour) with a dry, malty, light bitter finish. Overall, not bad... somewhat similar to the regular IPA with some added roasted character... perhaps even a bit less sweet and more dry. Pretty good though it hold some off notes... reminds me a bit of Founders Black Rye... though not as refined.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark but slightly transluscent with a thick yellow head. Aroma has some strong piney sourness, with some notes of coffee. Taste is rich on piney hops which certainly leave a bitter/sour taste in the mouth. It certainly has some notes of coffee bitter/sourness akin to a porter. An excellent black ipa.
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A typical black IPA. Aroma was average. Heavy on the hops with a weird ginger ale-ness to it. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was pretty strong and full. Strong mix of bitter hops and roasted malt with a nice dry hoppy aftertaste. Decent carbonation.
williamherbert (1401) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nutty dusting of mocha malts in the aroma. Wood embers combine with the hops to make a pine needle scent. Chocolate cookie crumbs and hazelnut.
Deep, dark brown-black color. Good head, sheet of dark brown lace.
The flavor is darkly roasted malts. The hops come in second. The citrus comes out a lot more. The flavors blend nicely, in a double-hit of bitterness.
Dry feel, dry finish. It’s a bitter and burnt beer; quite good and very dark.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 12 oz bottle (both 2011 and 2012 versions): Pours a barely transparent blackish mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a fresh piny hoppy nose with some light malty sweetness and a touch of nutty character. Starts with a pretty good fullness and light malty sweetness with a nice amount of fresh resiny piny hops before a crisp clean bittersweet finish. Well-balanced, true to style and dangerously drinkable. I wish this were available year-round.