zach8270 (3366) - 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.
Slipstream (1976) - USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I celebrated my return from India with a kind of beer that you would probably never find in India. In fact, I did not see even one IPA in any of the places I went to. India pale ales are an American specialty, and this black IPA from Horseheads is a nice one. Black Horse is a strong, smoky, subtly sweet brew with flavors of espresso, dark bread, charcoal smoke, Dunkin Donuts coffee, prune, and orange peel. Handmade and complex. Black IPA is not my favorite style, but this is a good example of it.
merc7186 (1957) - 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 (5414) - 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 (5938) - 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 (3892) - 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.
jercraigs (7456) - 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 (11317) - 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 (8163) - San Diego County, 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 (11071) - 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.