rosenbergh (7907) - Tampere, 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 (4449) - 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 (3289) - 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 (3140) - 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 (12361) - 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 (5893) - 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.
travita (4307) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The look is brownish, clear, cashew colored head. The smell is chalk, roast, malt, cheesy, bread, and hops. The taste is alcohol, malt, roast, hops, and chocolate.
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bomber. Black with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of pine, light grapefruit, leaves, grass. Taste is of pine, light roasted malts, caramel, grass.
DedicatedToFun (3600) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber thanks to friends of GT2. Love black IPAs and this one is a good one, taste of chocolate, nice frothy head, loving it.
GT2 (9165) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
651mL thanks to t0rin0 or someone in the LA crew. Pours clear dark amber. Not a lot of retention. Nose is cheesy, dusty, not so fresh. Taste is nutty, overly bitter, Brazil nut, dusty and stale. Palate is dusty, harsh. No thanks.