peteinSD (1402) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Jeff - thanks! Black pour with a medium depth tan head that fades down quickly to a slick of foam. Aroma is sharp resinous pine (maybe some citrus) over a dense, roasted malt backbone that includes some bitter chocolate, a dusting of coffee, and light char. Taste is a balanced presentation of pine/hop bitterness with a smooth, complex and heavily roasted malt profile that includes tobacco, coffee, bitter chocolate, and a bit of spice. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth overall with just enough carbonation in the right places to accentuate the bitterness and spice. Damn - this is impressive! I’ll give it a slight edge over the Wookey Jack simply because the malt profile on this beer is more in line with my personal tastes.
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very black pour with a light head. Very roast aroma that boarders on astringent. Fairly complex flavor with roast, citrus, carbon astringecy, coffee and a solid grain presence. Medium body with a drying mouth feel. Good.
Nephilium (1408) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious aroma of roasted chocolate paired with pine notes, there is a hint of alcohol there as well. Pours an opaque black, with a full light tan head. This is an amazing beer, slick mouthfeel, low carbonation, and a well balanced battle between roasted notes and hop presence. This is another solid beer from Hoppin’ Frog, and I’ll be picking up more of this before it disappears off the shelf.
douglas88 (6311) - 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 (2507) - 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 (11066) - 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 (720) - 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 (5821) - 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 (4995) - 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.