Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to a generous soul for sending this bottle my way. Served in a tulip.
Pours near black with a good off-white head that sticks around for a bit. Very thin cap and a good-sized collar hang around throughout. Lots of spotty lacing. The nose brings some earthy and piney hops along with a good dosing of roast and some slight chocolate character. The flavor doesn’t have quite as much hop character, but there’s a nice bitterness to round everything out. There’s a touch of rye, though I’m not sure I could have picked it out had I not known it was there. Medium body with good carbonation. Roasty bitterness through the finish. Solid brew.
Serving type: bottle
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We shared it via facebook chat. This was very dark and had a tan head that settled with big bubbles bursting. The aroma was chocolate, anise, roasted notes, and swamp. The flavor began with chocolate and licorice but there was so much going on and so many layers to the flavor. Quite late I was finally able to taste hops and they were citrus and grassy. This beer kept changing personalities and was a blast to taste. I knew there were hops in there but had to peel back layers of other interesting flavors before they were exposed. As well as interesting this beer was also quite tasty. What fun to try. Fortunately I had a bomber and not just a few ounces because the complexity required some time to explore.
tkrjukoff (4019) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a nice creamy lacing head. Aroma is a bit soapy hoppy roasted. Flavor is nice hoppy citric bitter malty roasted a bit chcolate tones.
IrishBoy (3799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from a little market here at our hotel across from Disneyland. Nose is slightly charred rye toast, with hints of nuts, floral, and vanilla. Black with a medium, heavy lacing beige head. Flavor is lightly bitter with some notes of roast and sweet. Nice to drink after a long day of walking and riding big rides and the bomber was the same price as a small glass of Karl Strauss at the Beer Kart in Disneyland.
SHIG (3534) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Savnac: Poured black with a light brown head. Aroma is nice hops, roasted malt and light chocolate. Taste was gritty hops, roasted malts, and soft chocolate. Finishes spicy on the tongue.
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black forest body topped with a perfect, browned, hop-pocked, cream head. Spicy and prickly nose - probably a combination of PNW hopping and assertive rye. Rough black malt notes. Acrid ash notes with definite bitterness. Dry, bitter, and charry finish. The hop bitterness grows more distinct with each sip.
hayduke (3317) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bomber shared with Strykzone on Facebook Char as again we each opened the same beer 1,500 miles apart. This is an emerging style that is challenging some brewers as it is not always that good. This one is a winner. It poured very dark tending toward black with a huge creamy tan head and gorgeous lacing rings. The bubbles were very large and it was fun to watch them burst. Gorgeous pour. The nose is very rich, with chocolate, light roasted coffee, and anise.. Some hop citrus aromas drift up as well. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy. The flavor is loaded with chocolate and perfectly roasted malts, and brings on endless flavor changes in the mouth including ripe dark fruit and a ton of rotating floral hop flavors that make it the IPA it is. The finish shows IPA bitterness and some resin character. I am sort of hard pressed to describe everything that was going on here because before I knew it the bottle was gone and I was wanting more. A real winner of a beer.
Terminus (3214) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-pours almost black with a soapy kacki head that lasted a long time cold but not very long warm. seems somewhat backwards. nose is of piney hops, char, smoke, lite chocolate with some herbal character. flavors are very chary with alot of pine and herbal hop notes. very well balanced but leaves a bigtime char finish. could be the least metallic Black IPA i have had to date. the malt has enough sweetness to overide the metalllic flavors. some alcohol detected long into the finish. somewhat warming. a very tasty example of this style!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this on draft at Karl Strauss in Costa Mesa. At first it tasted a bit thin and watery, but as I got further along a nicely balanced roasty, hoppy beer showed up.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Rating #48. Tasty beer, nice light roast with a bit of spicy rye and moderate bitterness. Good stuff and well made. (2560)