merc7186 (1734) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light at all, Foamy Brown Head, Decent Lacing
S: Mild Roasted Dark Malts, Pecans
T: Dark Roasted Malts, Nutty, Hearty, Black Bread
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Hearty, Mildly Bitter
Overall, a really good Black Ale with a full hearty, nutty taste. A nice change from most dark beers (porters, stouts, black IPAs)
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[4691-20120817] Growler. Hoppy lightly burnt hops aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Burnt wood and toasted cocoa grain malt flavour. Full body. Super roasted but with quite dry undertones. (7/3/6/3/13) 3.2+
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A semi-roasted malt backbone harmoniously coexisting with a whole lot of fruity hops. A superior Black IPA.
How: Bottle 22oz, shared at Camping Brewdown 2012.
The look: Black body topped by a medium beige head.
In long: Despite its obvious black color I thought the beer smelled of tropical fruits hops (pineapples mainly) and dank hops. I would never have guessed the color by the smell. Taste is medium roasted, some of the usual suspects (ground coffee, bittersweet black chocolate) and a whole lot of fruity hops (citrusy, tropical). High intensity bitterness. I thought the fruity hop bill worked very well with the stout-like malt bill. Very good beer. I loved this Black Horse, I wish all black horses were that nice, last week a talking black horse told me I was too drunk to drive my car … come to think of it, there might have been a cop sitting on top of it… yep, very drunk.
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Campground Brewdown. Poured a super dark brown almsot black body with super deep orange edges and a larger foamy beige head that leaves lots of lace. Aroma of citrus, earth, burnt toast, chocolate and earth. Medium to full mouthfeel with strong carbonation and a lingering bitterness. Flavor of roasted malts, citrus, burnt toast, roasty, earth and orange slices. This is an awesome Black IPA.
zach8270 (3209) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Heavy hop and floral aroma with a lot of pepper and citrus notes. Dry chocolate malt and grassy hop flavor dominates the flavor and leaves a really nice and bitter earthy hop aftertaste. Very nice.
jercraigs (7324) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012-08-17. Black body with a nice tan head. 4+ Modest aroma, funky-skunky-cannabis like character, light roast. 7+ Similar flavour, leafy green lightly funky hops, mild roast, decently bitter. Average plus bodied palate. Decent, enjoyable. Growler, Campground Brewdown 2012
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler, Campground Brewdown. Medium beige head, cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, spicy/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, grapefruit, some spicy. Medium body, some resin.
GT2 (7863) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared at Campdown Brewdown. Pours a clear, deep maroon. Tan foam. Nose is buttery, herbal, squashy. Taste is bitter, nutty, herbal. Very nice- fresh and aggressive.
jcwattsrugger (11001) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle-pours black with a rich tan head with trailing lace. Aroma is pine, roasty dark malt. Taste is roasty/chocolate dark malt bite, pine hops with some bite. Towards medium body.
jtclockwork (7103) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger. Pours black with light brown head. Nose/taste of hops, cocoa, woody pine, resin and dark roasted malts. Medium body. Finishes dryish pine.