ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FROM NOTES: August 7, ’12
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.
A: Roasted malts and chocolate notes dominate the aroma initially, but a strong piney, citrus hop profile reveals itself quickly. Smells fantastic.
A: Pours a very dark near-black, with some brownish/ruby highlights and a tan foam head that settles to a thin cap and splotchy lacework.
T: Delicate but successful balance between the hops and malts. Nice and hoppy with a fair amount of sweetness. There is also a strong amount of chocolate and roast with a equally as strong amount of hops.
P: Medium in body and moderate carbonation.
O: I tried to find fault with this beer, but it is excellent. The chocolate, roasty malt notes set it apart from other American Black Ales. If you like Black Ale, you MUST try this, IMO.
phaleslu (5889) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Homer321 - thanks again! Figures he sends an Ohio bottle that I haven’t seen on shelves since I moved back to Ohio. Anyway, this one pours an almost jet black color with a finger of creamy khaki head that laces the glass heavily. Aroma of dark chocolate, earthy and herbal hops, roasted malts, faint peppery spice, toast, and burnt sugar. The hops take a while to open up, but once they do, they have a much different character than most other black IPAs. Flavor of chocolate, roasted and toasted malts, tobacco, earth, and cocoa powder. Light-medium bodied, with a malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very soft on the palate, and drinks under its 8.8% ABV. This one took a while to reveal its charms. I had to keep upping my score.
Fritz123 (809) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a store in Columbus, OH. 650ml. Shared with dad in snifters. Pours a very dark, mostly opaque with a one finger eggshell head. Head lasted awhile and solid lacing. The aroma was the traditional black IPA hops meets roasted malts. The hops were pine, resin and wet grass while the malts were roasty and chocolaty. The taste was a great balance between both hops and roasted malts with the finish being slightly bitter and pine. Medium body and carbonation. Seriously good black IPA.
M82 (220) - Kansas, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black body reveals soft mahogany highlights when illuminated, smooth tight 1.5" khaki head settles to a thin cap creating leopard lace all around
Savory hop notes lead the way with grapefruit, tropical nuances, and lime merging into a dark toasty chocolate base conjuring coffee dipped chocolate chip cookies on a medium-light body finishing roasty with a bold coating residual echoing the flavors and aromas
22oz bomber served at 45º and warming into TeKu
jerd16 (132) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is black with ringed tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is pine, oak, some spice, dark chocolate and a whisper of coffee (aarghhh!!!). Medium body, beautiful velvety mouth-feel . Piney-Hop flavor takes a back seat to the charred malt. Coffee and dark chocolate. Fairly dry and soft roasted coffee-bitterness on the back-end. Akin to a light coffee-stout. Too much coffee, not enough hop-presence. Really not my thing.
edwardbass (424) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark. Aroma is malt, some hops and some dried fruit. Taste is a bit of malt sweetness at first and then a nice pop of piney hops. One of the best black IPAs I’ve had the opportunity to taste.
MarcoDL (1563) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing beer. Very hoppy, yet also fruity, with a solid body of roasted malt. Very tasty and diverse. Great.
swoopjones (5357) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle,very good Black IPA. medium to fuller body, great combination of roasted maltiness, piney hops. shows oomph at 8.8. Chcolate, roasty , piney,,great combo. good stuff
Dr_Fellini (275) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Not sure how fresh. Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malts, mild coffee/chocolatey bittterness, a hint of piney hops. Flavor is a roasted malt bitterness with a touch of chocolatey sweetness. Medium in body with a lingering burnt bitterness. Tasty black ale, but probably would have been better fresher with more hop predominance.
b33r (638) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/amber color with small tan head and little lacing. Aroma and flavor have nice piney bitterness, light citrus, and a light toasted malt. Okay overall.
rxeight (1050) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour from bomber. Very hoppy and lots of rye. Decent black IPA. Sort of on the thin side.