bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark mahogony beer with a cream head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light cocoa flavor with light darker malts. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and light cocoa linger with light earth and light darker malts.
crossovert (6143) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great maltiness in this one but the hops just aren’t bold enough to support them properly in a black ipa.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ brewpub. Nice cloudy copper pour covered by a delicate light beige head. A strongly aromatic, very toasty, caramel laden ale with a fun roasty twist that adds a roasted grain side that would fit in a big brown ale. That’s not what we have though, here’s a hop-forward, punchy Portland ale. Strong and perfumey, fresh, citrusy, resinous hops bring plenty of bitterness to balance out the caramel. Very good stuff, whose freshness is deployed on the tongue and provides the most effective cleansing, effective carbonation that makes the whole ensemble very easy-going. Feels much better than the sum of its parts. In one phrase, this is what Lagunitas probably aims for under 40 different labels.
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled (draught) at the SpringBeerFest in Portland. Deep walnut brown, amber highlights. Aroma of resin, capsicum, burnt malts. Palate equally showcases earthy roast and leafy bitter hops. An excellently balanced black IPA with heaps of character that really SHOWS its blackness. I find many black IPAs hide the dark malts under a boatload of hops, but this one lets everything shine through beautifully. A standout.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, dark with brown foam, hoppy roasty aromas, flavors of licorice and grapefruit, somehow this worked
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Deep cola in color, large frothy light beige head, nice lacing.   Combination burnt malts,
lactose, pine, hops, charred wood, and campfire on the nose.   Not as malty as the nose suggested, moderate hops,
slight bitterness, a little charred wood/peat background.   Has a bit of cow pasture and minor astringency.
Finishes fairly clean tho.   Has a decent amount of sweetness, comes across as a bit of pine and lactose.
Body and mouthfeel are moderate, but does feel its on the thin side.   It almost needs to be more hoppy, more
malty, and sweeter.   This seems like a Black Pale Ale almost.   Otherwise, not bad, a little simple for this
new style.   Perhaps a good gateway example.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A ruby ale with restrained hopping. A few nice things, a few problems. Just ok.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few weeks after receiving the bottle from mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Clear dark ruby body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is dank hops, spicy leafy hops as well as some fresh basic chinese tea notes. This is not a home bomb. Taste is low roastiness, a cold cup of coffee, soft red liquorice candy, light caramel, iced-tea, hard-candies, cold green tea, milk chocolate an some cocoa powder, chalk. Hopping is rather restrained. Leafy, tea-ish, tobacco, and a tiny bit piney. Bitterness level is below average for the style. This is not a hop bomb and nor is it malt heavy. Finish is annoyingly chalky. Overall I thought it was an ok beer but certainly not something I will seek-out again. Another bomber I drank alone while at home. They say that for an alcoholic it is hard to admit that you drink alone because it is a sign you are an alcoholic. But I don’t have a problem with that. It’s admitting that I drink alone because nobody loves me that I have a problem with.
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Ben! Pours a clear dark brown with a deep earthy brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount grassy and pine hops with a bit of roast and dark grains. Flavor has a nice combination of roasted malts, dark grains and a bit of resinous pine hop. A bit of a creamy mouth feel.
marcus (5896) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a decent tan head and toasty aroma. There is a well-balanced flavor featuring roasted malt and tasty hops. It reminds me of an English stong ale.
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Issaquah Brewhouse. Pours jet black with a loose tan head. Big sweet pine and candied orange nose...sugars coming very much from the hops here but still presenting an overall effect of sweetness with very little pith or bitterness present. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Roasty toasty mid-palate with lots of sweet hop oil above that, washing out into a candied fruit finish. Has to be the sweetest black ipa I’ve tried. Pleasant, but far from the expected dryness, roastiness, and bitterness.