llcooldave (1017) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in the glass. Slight hoppy sweet smoky aroma. Clean citrus flavor followed by roasted malt note. Overall, a fairly decent brew...
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a nice, thick, three centimetre tall, nice and frothy tan head. Aroma of alcohol, roasted malt, oatmeal, nuts, caramel and tons of nice hops layered with pine, grass, herbs and a bit of resin. Medium-bodied; Deep dark malt flavour with roasty notes, some earthiness, but a lot of caramel and even slightly smoked malt grain flavour with a nice hop backbone showing pine and grass with a smooth, but deep finish. Aftertaste shows a great blend of stronger and grassier hops meshed perfectly with the roasty malt, nut and smoke/burnt notes that would couple well with barbecue. Overall, a nice black IPA with tons of flavour and complexity, all showing a great balance. Great to sample and I wish I could get this locally - a very well made Black IPA that shows well throughout - I’m very glad I brought this home with me from Texas. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Central Market in Houston, Texas on 10-August-2013 for US$5.35 sampled at home in Washington on 17-October-2013.
jcos (1414) - Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:Bottle spit with Dave on October 11th, 2013.
Appearance: Pours an opaque black.
Aroma: Aroma of pine, light roast.
Taste: Medium bitterness, light roast for balance. Really nice.
Palate:Medium to medium light body, lingering hop aftertaste.Not as thick as others of the style - which I prefer.
Summary: First off, thanks Ben! This was a really nice black IPA. It was not overly heavy or boozy like some of the style can be.
Beerenberger (1226) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Whiffs of citrus anda tropical fruit greet the nose. A ruddy dark brown pour with a voluminous tan head and loads of lacing. The taste is fruity to begin with but yeilds to a rewarding hoppy bitter finish. Nicely blanced notes of tropical fruit and biscuit malt. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, tasty and very drinkable - a rewarding session brew. Enjoyable and not over the top in either malts or hops. Would drink again.
rosenbergh (5935) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Bottled 08/07/13. (Spec’s) Galveston, TX.
Black colour with a bit of red hue and small tan head.
Aroma: Sweet milky stout with some hoppy bitterness. Quite earthy.
Flavour: Hoppy bitterness, strong bitterness... roasted malt, milky sweetness and mild coffee. Very strong bitterness. Not necessarily the most balanced Black IPA on the planet. Very flavoursome.
ben4321 (3471) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Central Market, 8/6/13
Aroma: The nose is roasted chocolate and burnt malts, with plenty of pine
Appearance: It pours a black color with a small, bubbly beige head, and fairly heavy lace
Flavor: The taste is a nice mix of roasted/burnt malts and some lengthy hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it has average carbonation, a decent feel, and a dry finish
I thought this was a pretty solid Black IPA. They did a really nice job here of mixing the roast/burnt malts with the bitter hops and having neither completely overpower. The mix works well, and so does the beer.
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the strongest (in terms of quality) beer I’ve had from Karbach yet. The regular hopadillo is a bit astringent for my tastes, but the addition of the chocolate malts really balances it out, not to mention the spectacular aroma.
superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got in a trade with icetrauma. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear almost pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, roasted malt, light char, cocoa, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, pine resin, lemon zest, floral, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, grass, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, pine resin, floral, roasted malt, light char, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hops and roasted malt flavors; with hop over malt flavor balance; and minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and very sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice black IPA. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks, Bobby. Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Aroma of roasted malt, lemon zest, herbs, and pine. Some coffee, orange zest, and toasted nuts. The flavor is roasty, lightly sweet, and bitter. Pine, lemon, orange, and herbs. Just a bit of coffee and nuts.
Mora2000 (5307) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma has some chocolate and a bit of pine, as well as some toasted malt. The flavor is similar. I get some bitterness from the resinous, piney hops. There is also a hint of orange, as well as some toasted malt and a bit of chocolate. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a fan of Black IPAs, but I liked this one.