BigBeer45 (1199) - Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
this Black IPA has a black-brown pour that is opaque except for the lower part of the glass (it is dark ruby-red at the bottom of the glass when held up to a lamp), a large foamy tan colored head appeared (easily four fingers high), the head shrunk to a one to two finger cover after a few moments and left sticky lacing on the glass, there were lots of bubbles in this beer, I saw bubbles flowing up the sides and at the bottom when held to a lamp, there was a loose layer of dark sediment on the bottom of the bottle,
the aromas were toasted and roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, caramel, with pine, floral and citrus hops,
this beer had flavors of toasted and roasted malt, a little chocolate and coffee in the background,
with some hop bitterness on the finish,
medium mouth feel,
a nice drink.
marcus (5856) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a citrus and toffee aroma. There is a hearty and complex flavor featuring smoked malt and toffee with a lot of piney hop bitterness. Goes down easy, though the flavor is a bit odd.
curly (2397) - Redmond, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours more brown than black, something that seems to be the norm for most BLACK IPA’s, go figure. Thick, rocky, craggy beige head. Aroma of burnt malts, hops. Taste is mostly light citrus-tangerine, pineapple, orange. Also some roasty malt, finishes a little ashy and piney. Decent beer, but as with most BIPA’s, I think it would be better without the roasty qualities. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a growing pine tree,which after a couple of seconds,reveals a little dark malting underneath,the chocolate cupcake batter,the scents banter around a little,very appealing,flavor is predominately roasted malt,with a swash of hop bitterness in the background,a little bit of that pinefor flavor,a little on the lighter side,but has all the elements and complexites you look for in this new style. Wish I didnt have to search so hard for the flavors,but this is not an imperial style, better then the first bottle I had
after4ever (5845) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a murky dark brown with the tiniest edges of translucence. Dense, sudsy tan head. Moderate drippy lace. Big fresh forward piney nose, very invigorating and appealing. Creamy medium body, a little undercarbed, goes a bit watery in spots, but not to the complete detriment of the beer. Toast, caramel, and pine on the mid-palate, but understatedly so. Mild toast and caramel finish. Announced itself in the glass and the nose with great promise, but hits the mouth and kinda walks away whistling.
bhensonb (10158) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours really dark brown with a 3 finger creamy/foamy light tan head. Big pine aroma. Med+ body. There’s pine and perfumey/floral with the flavor - so much that I’m almost losing the darkish malt. I’d say this is the hoppiest, not necessarily the bitterest, "black IPA" I can recall. As the foam goes down, the floral hits the nose. It is extremely hoppy in a sort of Imperial English way. Not a NW way. Very good experience here. Brilliant.
boFNjackson (4001) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured dark, near black with a khaki head. Some pine, pungent, dank hop tones. Some roast, sweetness and tasty malt tones. Pine creeped back in, and a lighter finish.
BrewDad (4582) - Olympia, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin brown head. Nice Hops aroma with a light malt lingering. Very balanced with malt and hops. I felt it was a tad light in the hops end IBA’s need more hops flavor. Nice average brew.
5000 (5980) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Looks good, soft cow pasture, roasty, minor hop. Tastewise, more of a Black Pale Ale than a Black IPA. Fairly smooth, but not as big in body as I would like. Nearly black, very dark brown. Nice head, for sure. Clean, just not heavy or really IPAish. Yeah, lighter version than most, which is okay, just wished it was more on both sides of the fence. I will say, its smooth, rather smooth, just fairly light.
wlajwl (3470) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly resinous hops in aroma and taste, the dark malts don’t make much of an impact on taste, except mostly in the color but a little in the background with a slight smoky flavor. Good, although not exceptional.