Reynolds314 (2011) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This wasnt my favorite. Very soapy hops and a light roasty backbone. Bitter on the finish and not subtle or great like their neighbors to the east in VT do it.
snoworsummer (1513) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bomber. Pours opaque brown with a frothy off white head. Tastes strongly of raisins, grains, malt. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like raisins and dark fruits, malts, grains.
sonnycheeba (2976) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, earthy and spicy hops, chocolate, faint brown sugar, and faint plums. Flavor is dry roast malts forward followed by dark chocolate and earthy hop bitterness with faint dark fruit sweetness underneath; dry roast finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of sonnycheeba, thank you sir. Almost completely black, bright beige head. Aroma is roasty with light floral grass. Taste is smooth coffee, cocoa, bitter pine finish. Nice.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, prunes and raisins with earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is dark bitter malt, medium hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
merc7186 (1665) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Deep Opaque Hue, Passes Virtually No Light, Off White Head, Decent Lacing
S: Milk Chocolate, Black Bread, Mild Piney, Mild Coffee
T: Milk Chocolate, Bready, Semi Sweet Malts, Mild Roasted Coffee
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Semi Malty
Overall, somewhat mild on the hops but a decent, drinkable Black IPA.
bhensonb (10212) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Capped 750 from Half Time. It’s been around awhile. Pours fairly black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty and earthy. Med + body. Flavor is malt, chocolate, and some earthy/floral hop. Think this one has been around long enough to lose the original hop intensity. But the chocolate and other flavors make it a good drink.
TheJester (1695) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Not quite stout black with a small, short-lived yellow-brown head. The aroma has chocolate and roasted walnuts from the malts, and pine and tart citrus from the hops. The flavour has a couple of stages, with some lighter, surprisingly herbal flavours up front - maybe even light spearmint. The second half has more malty flavours, kinda like a caramilk bar.
tgncc (2617) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is chocolate, fruit, bread. The appearance is black, off-white head. The flavor is like the aroma, chocolate, sweet, boozy. The finish is roast, pine needles. Medium/thick in body. Very good.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, picked up at Ithaca Brewing Co, sampled at tasting on 18 November 2012. Clean and dark. Good firm, tangy hops throughout. Lots of grapefruit and a robust bitterness. Some bitter chocolate on the palate, roasty notes less so. A little less in the flvour than in the aroma. Maybe just a touch light of body but otherwise an excellent and tasty black hoppy beer (whether or not you call it a black IPA).
EithCubes (4577) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750mL bottle with just a crown. Nose has some roast but otherwise it’s bright hops, lightly earthy but mostly zinging citric hops that really sing -- a little FFF here. Very dark brown body with a creamy, rocky tan head. Taste is sweet and yeasty, both yeast and hops remind of Belgian exemplars, very floral, but the fruitier elements devolve into a medicinal finish. Medium bitterness but clean and cleansing, there’s some soft wheat. Pepper and lavender, spicier saison-type notes, and some fat if muddled earthy caramel. Full body, soft and smooth, with strong but somewhat well-integrated alcohol. It’s not fantastic, partially because of muddle but also because of its undefined mission -- what is this supposed to be? What does it wantto be?