Leafs93 (2085) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is citrus, roastyness and florals. Taste is sweet with very minimal bitters. Just ok, felt a little unfinished
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with light tan foam. Mild floral, dry black malt aromas. Light to medium bodied. Decent lightly sweet caramel, chocolate, pine sap flavors, drying finish--
HonkeyBra (4034) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bomber. Dark brown near black pour with a tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, strong resin hops. Lots of roast, chocolate and coffee as well. Flavor is roast, strong pine and citrus hops, with a wave of chocolate. Flavor is balanced, smooth. Medium bodied, finishes roast and chocolatey. Not a stunner of a Black IPA, but drinkable.
rubbishystuff (2300) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2015 Jet black almost. Very smooth. Hops fade quickly and bitterness sometimes seems to come as much from the black patent malt as from the hops. Not bad at all but it just didn’t gel well. Serving: Bottle
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours brown-black with big, pillowy tan head. Smells pretty delicious; some citrusy hops with a bit of chocolate and tobacco. Flavors fall a bit short - good malt bill with orange citrus, not quite fitting together. Very thin and a bit flat on the palate. Just didn’t quite all come together.
chefelf (55) - New York, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a pretty tasty beer paired with some homemade pizza. This is not my favorite beer style by a long shot but I appreciated this one. It had a dark black appearance (much like Coca-Cola) and the bitterness wasn’t as extreme as I was expecting.
screigh (649) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours about the color of cola. Huge tan head that lasts with tons of lacing. Decent hop aroma. Seems to be a little overly carbonated. Some chocolate and bitterness. It tastes a bit more like a Schwarzbier than an IPA. Decent but not my favorite black IPA.
jmohno (1508) - Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty sessionable moderately bitter black ipa, nice hop aroma along with chocolate both in taste,fairly smooth with a clean finish.Big creamy light tan head. Very faint metallic hint, that i pick up often with Lakefront,flat middle also.Good hop flavor with smooth chocolate.Pretty clean mellow finish with a barely noticable long lasting hoppy finish as suggested,along with a short lived hop aroma that fades in and out at times.Doesnt seem like 6.5% and seems kinda light bodied.I wouldnt hesitate to get another,but not so soon.
rocbyter (2072) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moderate citrus and pine hop aroma with a hint of medicine. Black color with a large brown head. Light sweet beginning that quickly turns sweet. Light palate.
drumdude73 (19) - Ames, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2011
2.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma? What aroma? No overall smell I could pick up from this beer. Great frothy head and pours black as would be expected from an IBA. Starts off easy on the palate but ends with a metallic and rusty after taste. If this beer was cheaper I would give it a better score. However, for $5 for a 22oz bomber, I’m not impressed. I have had some of the other Lakefront premium beers which I would rave about but this one is missing something. No body and not much character. I would compare this to a New Belgium 1554 although I would much rather have a 1554. Averaging at roughly $1.47/bottle for New Belgium 1554 and this at $2.73/bottle (12oz) I would say go with the 1554! This beer is definitely over priced!!