Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 65 cl. Pours a cloudy opaque dark brown with a dense and creamy beige head leaving quite some lacework. Sweetish roast with an edge of citrusy hops. Rich body, sweet roast, a little chocolate and a discreetly bitter finish. Delicious - more malty than hoppy I’d say. 130712
TheBeerGod (5263) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - courtesy of GandGKevin! Black pour with a short, dense tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, pine, citrus notes, wet hops and dark chocolate. Taste is big pine and wet hops, citrus, roasted malt, dark chocolate, herbal notes and hints of chocolate mint. Body is medium-full with a moderate, creamy carbonation and an oily feel. Lingering hop bitterness throughout. Ends with more roasted malt, dark chocolate, mint notes, herbal hops, floral hops, pine and citrus fruit. Damn tasty!
alexsdad06 (5479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Jeremy. Pours a vary dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma has roasted malts, black coffee, a splash of chocolate, but is more about the earthy and resiny hops. The flavor has a nice blend of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee with the earthy, spicy and resiny hops. This definitely fits the definition of a double black ipa. Pretty drinkable, hiding the abv well.
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bomber from Herchick poured into a tulip. Thanks Bob! Pours black with a thin ring of dark tan head. Almost looks like a porter. Aroma is malt oriented - Mainly chocolate and coffee but with a good dose of spicy hops. Taste is light bitter. Starts off with citrus and pine hop bitterness but ends with a wallop of dark roasty chocolate. Full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Soft carbonation and a long finish. Overall, awesome. I think I could drink this everyday!
Menkros (36) - - JUL 3, 2012
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Black ale little head no oily residue. Bitter and hoppy. Burnt coffee slight chocolate taste. Didn’t like it.
AndyReynolds (891) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2014 Bottle. Aroma is very chocolatey and pretty damn hoppy. I get some coffee, and some piney / grassy notes. Palate is very smooth, finishing a little dry. Flavor really brings out the chocolate, but it finishes with a hoppy bite.
JStax (3011) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Appearance is a brown/black that’s fairly translucent with a greyish shear of foam. Nice retention. Aroma is somewhat briny and earthy in its hop profile. Its more piney bitter than any other. Tastes a little roasty on top of that briny piney earthy bitterness. Hefty body. Another good beer from Hoppin Frog.
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle
This particular black IPA was not my cup of tea but is still a fine beer. It wasn’t difficult to finish off the bottle despite it being filling and a little heavy by the end. Don’t let this one sit around - drink it fresh and enjoy a superb experiment.
Aroma / Appearance - The inky black fluid pour clings to the sides of the glass. A billowing musty brown head looks like a pile of dead leaves that have crumbled into dust. Anise, chocolate, spruce, and resin spark the inner hophead.
Flavor / Palate - The resin manifests itself immediately in the form of a piney bite. Dark high quality chocolate and anise rise up before a soft feel of ethanol infuses the palate in warmth. The last experience is of a bitter finish that sticks on the back of the throat. I can’t wait to try the new Goose Juice and see if Hoppin’ Frog can carry their momentum to another gem.
BelgianBeerGal (3198) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh bottle from Jungle Jim’s. Holy crap this was good. Poured like a full-on porter including a big, foamy khaki head. Big resiny, hop aroma and some darker malt too. Huge flavor that starts with the bitter hops then you get a hint of the chocolate. Almost 9 ABV and you can’t tell. Very well done.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a murky, muddy dark brown with some milk chocolate highlights when held up to the light. It almost appears gritty. A careful pour results into a modest two finger creamy tan head with moderate lacing. Not the world’s prettiest beer but that’s not the point.
This is one of those beers that captures your attention right away based on the wafting aromas present during the initial pour. It’s one of the most complex noses I’ve come across. Waves of subtle pine interplay with a more complex aroma of a bright, acidic coffee similar to a fine Kenyan AA. This is followed by a roasty caramel and just a hint of tobacco. Simply amazing!
After experiencing the aroma, I take my first sip with great anticipation….a damn it doesn’t let me down! The first thing I detect is a smooth milk chocolate. The milk chocolate sweetness exits upon the first bitter bite of those beautiful hops. The hops just sit there mid palate begging to stay a few seconds longer. Then comes the big finish of roasty coffee and subtle smokiness, which completely dominate the palate until the next sip.
Mouthfeel is dead on for this style. A soft level of carbonation plays perfectly into a creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Overall, I can’t say enough good things about this beer. I’ve had 2-3 other black IPAs and was left with the thought that maybe it’s just not my style. Then the Heathen came into my life. The aroma and taste are so complex I could see having a slightly different experience with each bottle. Another world-class offering from Hoppin’ Frog.