hopscotch (9489) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft... RBWG 2013... Midnight black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Fantastic retention. The aroma boasts malty components of chocolate and toasted nuts. Full-bodied with soft carbonation. Both the flavor and finish are acrid, burnt and bitter. There’s a clinging charcoal aftertaste.
PorterPounder (5695) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - on tap at the Florida Beer Invitational - Proof Brewing. Dark black pour, thick khaki colored head. Aroma has some licorice, a touch of toe jam. Flavor is full of roasted goodness, with some licorice, black French Roast Coffee. Flavor is a tad overwhelming with it’s brute coffee onslaught. Thick enough mouthfeel, much better than expected. Kudos to Intuition, .
UDBeernut (1842) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Another taste from my sampler pours very dark, medium smokey nose. Taste continues smoke, chocolate, espresso. Medium body, smoke lingers.
Aurelius (4356) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This came off with too much acidity, in general. Lost my notes, but it started to stick and I didn’t quite finish it. On tap, baby Proof, upstairs.
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate malt, roasted peppers, citrus. Flavor of roasted malt and chocolate up front with citrus and earthy hops in the finish. Very tasty black IPA- although it is an imperial, it is not too strong or sweet. Very drinkable.
raradel (342) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at Royal Palm. BIPA is one of my favorites. This is a little thin for what I would expect from the look. Good flavor and nice smell. Average.
Foxbush (1320) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery The ale poured a deep black in a sniffer. There was modest lacing from a creamy tan head. This was a wonderful experience. The complex black IPA had aroma of choclate and coffee. The medium body ale had average carbonation. There was a bitter finish with moderate alcohol warmth. Some aftertaste of coffee and licroice on the tongue. This is a black IPA worth trying.
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap @RBWG-JAX-tan-black. A-resin, dk malt/oat. T-resin hop bite, harsh ashy, licorice/roast-dk malt.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Kickback’s, JAX. Pretty nice pour, a thick but not overly sludgy brew with reddish tints and a silky head. Nose is quite resinous with just the right addition of roasted malts to avoid the drawbacks of many examples of this style. Grapefruit rind and pine meld nicely with the understated roasts in the taste, almost like that bit of peel that sometimes makes a good espresso. But there’s considerably more hops than that suggests, a modest imbalance in exactly the right direction, making this a pretty fine black IPA.
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery during RBWG 2013. Pours clearish brown with a creamy tan head. Rich pine, lots of dark berries, certainly some alcohol presence. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Fairly bitter to finish, moderate alcohol warmth, burnt pine, subtle roast. Good.