douglas88 (5900) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to Bigmmartin. Pours a pure black color with a small white head (initially a large head). A sweet nose of fruity hops, some roast and caramel. A rich spicy and bitter flavor balanced by chocolate malts and light roast, very smooth and much like the Dubhe from Uinta. Light oranges. Very nice. Lingering bitterness.
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Impatient guy that I am, I opened this when it was still not completely chilled. We’ll call it cellar temperature. Pour is dark brown and releases a huge tan head on the first pour, but the rest of it chilled further and the second glass was less rambunctious. Aromas are a punch to the nose of resin and grapefruit that later thin out a bit and become more lemony. Flavor was a surprise. I wasn’t expecting that heavy of a chocolate presence, but it is in full force and balances nicely against the spruce forest hoppiness. ABV is high enough to give a slight warmth down the throat and finish is nice and resiny. Great stuff again, Fred!
tribefan3521 (5) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my first experience with Hoppin Frog even though I have lived near Akron for almost two years. Shame on me! This beer poured a thick black and contained some particles in it that showed it was unfiltered. This is not the most beautiful beer you will ever lay your eyes on. The aroma and taste will make up for the appearance! This beer has great balance and is just what it says, Imperial Black Ale. This is not a Black IPA. It is merely a hoppy black ale.
Tmoney99 (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by jmborggren. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, chocolate, hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a dry slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.
ddemmingjr (696) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours blackish brown, decent tan head that persists. Nose is distinct, cocoa puffs, cereal, smoke, roasted malts, coffee and subtle pine hops. Flavors are herbal malt, bitter chocolate bitterness, spice and dry long finish. Some alcohol on the finish. This developed nicely as it warmed. Balanced and quite good
b3shine (5305) - Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; black with decent lacing. Smells solid too; bitter and malty. Tastes decent, but I’m picking up some soy. Mouthfeel is average. Decent, but not worth spending too much effort to get.
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at the Elevator tasting at Ale Wine & Spirits on 4/13/12. Clear brown pour with a medium tan head. Roasty nose with lots of spicy and piney hops. Malty flavor with slight caramel before an oniony hop finish.
DrSilverworm (6284) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, shared with robotopera. Great light brown head. Good lace. Opaque black color. Nice light and crisp carbonation. Big body, dry texture. Nice herbal big hop aroma. The chocolate malt is definitely there, and it’s almost as big as the hop. It’s actually... A good balance, which makes this a very interesting ale. Awesome bitterness, some spice and sweetness. Very tasty. One of the best beers I’ve had in a while.
livewyre (1) - - APR 17, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great idea that made it from concept to kettle to bottle to glass.
A dual identity beer that does not suffer from split personality.
The Frog has captured my desire to have a dark beer with the right color, carbonation and flavors that meld not fight to satisfy my palate.
Drank craft beer fromNew hampshire to New Mexico that do not rival this distinct taste that works my palate without offending my senses. I can drink more than one of these at a session. I have a cultivated taste without being a beer nazi. Well done Hoppin Frog!
Dogbrick (7870) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew pours dark brownish-black with a medium tan head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, pine and roasted malt. Medium body with a roasty character and notes of resiny hops, pine and sweet malt. The finish is hoppy with a toasty malt aftertaste. Solid Black IPA all around.