RoyalFlushing (321) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured adeep dark brown with a tiny quickly fading tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma begins with floral notes followed by grapefruit, citrus zest, and roasted malt. Taste is all IPA with caramel malt, piney resin hops, and a hint of citrus. Palatable bitterness, decent mouthfeel, and lingering flavors after each sip. Good beer, but not a great Black IPA.
ben4321 (3356) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 9/4/12, Batch #E! 42
Aroma: The nose starts rather fruity (mango, grapefruit), with some grass, spice, and roasted notes
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a light beige colored head and medium lace coating the glass
Flavor: The taste has a plus sweetness up-front, fairly fruity as well, later on it becomes grassy and bitter
Palate: It is medium-plus bodied, has a fairly creamy, smoothish feel, average carbonation, and a dry finish
This is an interesting beer. At first the nose was not saying hops to me at all, but as it warms a little bit more of a "typical" Black IPA aroma emerges here. While this isn’t a standard Black IPA by any means, I liked it. This was another very nice offering from Ithaca, an brewery who’s beers I regularly enjoy.
Boutip (4307) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of deep roasted malt with bitter hops. Taste is not as complex as I would have hoped with some roasted malt notes that are pretty dominant and a hops profile that is bitter but limited in complexity and not as dominant as I would have expected. Body was quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not as hops-centric as expected and not something I would purchase gain considering the price tag.
Theydon_Bois (5498) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Jose Pistolas, Philly - 24/05/12.
Dark brown with a frothy beige head.
Bitter hop nose - piney, earthy, grapefruits.
Taste matches nose allied to some roasted malt notes.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth finish. One of the better Cascadian darks I’ve had.
LilBeerDoctor (3231) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick chocolate colored head. Aroma of lots of roasted malt, char, sweet malt, vanilla. Aroma is more stout like with lots of roasted character. Flavor is very similar- roasted with chocolate malt and bitterness in the finish. This black IPA is more stout-like than IPA-like although it is hoppy. Rich mouthfeel and very tasty. Maybe a little salty, but otherwise no flaws.
Slipstream (1870) - USA - AUG 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very impressive fruity aroma - malt, flowers, coffee, cupcakes. Flat black pour. Flavor of rye (altho it seems to have none, but it does have black wheat, whatever that is), sweet espresso, a little smoke. Another superb special release from Ithaca - they have me looking forward to these.
cfrancis (2024) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Tom for this. This is what I envision a black IPA to be. Pours a dark black with a big beige head. Aroma is big citrus hops and a small roasted malts. Taste is big earthy and citrus hops. Small roasted malt in the aftermath. This is perfect, not a roasted mess, not short on hops. Great beer.
Jow (1684) - New York, USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the stags head. Pours a deep dark brow. With purplish tan head. Nice nose of floral and citrus hops and cocoa. Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, toast, pine, herbal, light coffee, caramel, and grapefruit. Creamy and silky mouthfeel with long finish. Nice bitterness and easy drinking could of had more than 10oz no prob..
Johnsense (611) - - AUG 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at pizza plant. Black pour with a baby ringer of tan head. Floral hops in the aroma along with roasted malt, slight black coffee. Bitter up front, Grapefruit, Pine, Dark toffee, very slight coffee and black chocolate in the taste - the "black" characteristics are there to support the IPA and do not over power. Medium budy, carbonation is right on. No alcohol detected.
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, batch E! 042, enjoyed for my 1st wedding anniversary. Pours red and brown, very dark ruby red in the glass, with a 2-finger fluffy and creamy brown head that leaves blebby lacing. Aromas of cocoa, pine, orangepeel, and slight pineapple. Chocolate, raisin, date, toffee and sugar are evident. The flavor is pine, bark, and mild soap; some resinous pine, chocolate, bitter cocoa, and earthy/dirt/bark notes are also present. The finish is bitter cocoa and citrus peel (grapefruit and lemon). Medium carbonation and body, smooth, and drinkable. Really nice.