HonusWagner (1638) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The style heavily limits my enjoyment of this beer, but it’s got a nice piny aroma reminiscent of being in an evergreen forest and a slight almost minty quality. I’m still not a fan of black IPAs but this is a good one.
PhatB420 (691) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best black IPA I’ve ever had, hands down. Pours black. Creamy chocolate head, super thick lacing, looks amazing. Aroma of hoppy goodness, pine, oats, dark malts, resin, beautiful dark fruit cascades. Taste of brilliant dark hops, clear and distinctive mouth feel leaves me in awe, doesn’t drink like a dark IPA, more like a freshly glazed hopped up black pilsner, just wonderful. Packs a punch with the 7.9, but really, it only compliments the whole picture. Lagunitas does not make a bad beer. This one is exceptional
jmohno (1170) - Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black. Nice lace, short creamy head. Hoppy aroma of bright sweet fruit, toasted marshmello with sweet pastry. Soft smooth slick malt, creamy, chocolate, light roast more on the finish,hops with citrus, fruit, all the way through. Want to say umami. Bitter sweet but more sweet, somewhat syrupy, but huge Big pine bitter to balance with the roast. Lagunitas is not shy about hops. Has some salty/ astringency in finish. Gets ashy and astringent as it warms in finish. Bitter linger and salty linger.
bartlebier (2215) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber sampled@Rolands Mondialnachlese III, Feb ’15. Brown cola pour. Nose of wet bark, marcuja, liquorice, ash, berries. Same surfaces in taste with some chocolate powder, kept in check by West Coast hops: postmodern reticent fruits. Quite light-bodied. Will revisit in larger quantities.
Aquilo (559) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a thick tan head. Aroma is roasty malt with some cedar, and perhaps a hint of citrus. Flavor is bitter, but mellow. Velvet mouthfeel. Absolutely wonderful. This is the first time I have genuinely fallen in love with a black IPA.
Ricks (2) - ARGENTINA - FEB 26, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Astonished. Excelent balance, hops are plenty but not boring as a lot of IPAs. Toast malts are present, in a suitable way, but leaving hops show. Congratulations !
hapjydeuce (961) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Deep brown color with a black center. Medium to low carbonation. Smoky malt aroma with pine needles and toast. Flavor is peppery and floral with a smoky peat tone underneath. Smoky malt hides the caramel flavors expectant of a strong IPA. Finishes with lasting bitterness and a bit of coconut and chocolate. OK
VinegarStroke (297) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Clear, black, thick head & good lace. Hops dominate with black malt. Clean and intense. Palate is dry, not sour but very bitter. Reasonably fresh for a black beer. Good intensity.
It lacks complexity. Classic West coast IPA but its dark.
Wilfong3250 (4) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2015 does not count
0.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This beer is terrible. I get that people love a big hop flavor, but this is all you get in this brew. Nothing but hop. No balance, just bitter. Just gross
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fidelis83 (2061) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with a tall, creamy, then chunky tan head. Aroma is dark caramel, dank hops, citrus, passion fruit heavy tropical notes, a hint of smoke an odd onion-like note, a touch of iodine and some odd salty mushroom notes. Flavor is big, sweet dark caramel, lots of soy sauce, probably more clearly than I have ever recognized the note in a beer, save perhaps bad bottles of Sam Adams Triple Bock, light peat-like smoky notes, old onion, overcooked scrambled egg, sweet citrus, passion fruit and oily roasted malt. Medium body, creamy to oily feel and light, but sharp carbonation. It’s surprisingly decent overall, despite its flaws.
pepsican (1465) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from six pack aroma. Big grapefruit hop nose, tropical fruit, sweet melon, dark sweet jams (blackberry?), little to no roast. Flavor of beef jerky, salt, umami notes. Bitter hop notes. Overly boozy, touches of soy sauce on the back end.