Brigadier (3095) - 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 (3241) - 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.
Pailhead (5062) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of big pine notes, dark chocolate, black licorice, and a hint of grapefruit. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with a quick dose chocolate and caramel. The finish has some pine and vanilla. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.
ICEatALAMO (990) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Super hoppy nose. Pours a very dark brown, but not quite black. The taste is nice and smooth, exactly what I expect from a black iipa.
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GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted chocolate aromas. Chocolate and hop flavors. Medium bodied. Good lacing. Overall a very good black IPA.
scrubfish (46) - Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, Black as advertised, coffee and leather(?) notes on first sniff, big coffee and chocolate notes on first sip, half finger head with a vigorous pour, pancake appearance from above with some big bubbles, medium body, not much on the finish. 8.8 ABV is well hidden. I would prefer a BIPA to a IBA.
Gription79 (2310) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber thanks to Amy. Poured dark black with minimal head. Tastes like a hopped up brown porter. Sweet caramel malts, slight roast, huge American hop profile. A nice BIPA.
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with a tan head. Aroma is hops with toasted malt and coffee. Taste has nice hop bitterness, espresso, toast, and chocolate. Medium to full bodied. Very nice.
Headbanger (3386) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle 5/20/12 (Binny’s Downer’s Grove)-46° in Shaker-Pours black with a two finger tan head. Aroma of hops, roasted malt, and a little coffee. Taste of the same with more hops and coffee coming through. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and quite delicious.