dmac (5628) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits Red Bank. Poured a root beer body under a huge pillowy foamy light beige head, not much lace despite what the description boasts. Aroma is chocolate and citrus or to be a bit more specific Tootsie Rolls and oranges along with a touch of dusty kitchen cabinet. The body is thin and watery and the carbonation is stingy. Flavor of lightly burnt toast, citrus rind and some weak wet chocolate. Not a very good black IPA which is one of my favorite styles.
drjay44 (3434) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Served at cellar temperature. Pours a thick, lasting, light beige head, with attractive lacing,over a clear, dark brown (SRM 35) body.....nose is light pine, citrus, with light chocolate....taste is light caramel/toffee, then big pine, lighter citrus, finishing with a medium lingering bitterness with a hint of caramel sweetness....mouth feel is medium, carbonation high. This is a typical of this emerging style, which is deservedly popular. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle purchased at TC Craft Beer in New Hope, Minnesota. Bottle during is on the label, but not notched. Pour is hazed brown ruby with a two inch tan head that builds up nicely on the pour. Aroma is fresh clean pine needles, along with fruit sweetness and a whisper of roast malt. Taste is the fresh clean pine up front, moving to a a pineapple citrus and then the hops give way to roast and chocolate malt, finishing with a dry char mineral. I liked the balance between malt and hops quite a bit in this beer. As it warms, some interesting floral notes come out. Palate is light bodied, nice active carbonation and the clean dry finish. Drinkable beer. Certainly not a hop bomb, but a nicely balanced hoppy black ale.
Cybercat (5165) - Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is rather hoppy and has a yeasty undertone. It pours a barely transparent chocolate brown with a respectable, if not persistent, beige head. Flavor is hoppy, slightly bitter, slightly honey-sweet, with a smoky hint. Texture is fairly smooth, a teensy thin and only a little bit fizzy. Overall, nothing special, but not too shabby and worth a try.
Ernest (7344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin).
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
One-dimensionally green/raw-hoppy, watery, thin, sour, and oh-so drain-pourable. Clunky.
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This black IPA pours a deep black color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white/beige foamy head. The aroma is roasty and hoppy. A medium bodied Black India Pale Ale. The malts are caramel, roasty and sweet. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Nice carbonation. Roasty and hoppy. Nicely balanced. Medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is roasted malt, not a whole lot of hop aroma, faint citrus. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Flavor is upfront chocolate, roasted malt. Finish is slightly hoppy and bitter, but nothing too pronounced. I expected a little bit more of a citrus finish. Lingering bitterness though. I think this needs to be a little bit more hoppy to be considered a black IPA.
jgb9348 (5717) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown coloured body with 95% opacity and a nice frothy light brown head - very nice looking for sure. Aroma of fresh herbal and floral hops with a grapefruit and piney kick and a good amount of malt and a nice resiny finish. Medium-bodied; Biting roasty malt flavour with a lot of earth and caramel up front then showing some good nice hop flavours of flowers and resin that don’t seem as strong as the nose indicates. Aftertaste has a good balance of roasty malt and fresh hops with the former dominating. Overall, a nice Black IPA with the hops playing second fiddle - so a good one to sample if you prefer tasting the roasty malt but also like fresh hops. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 28-April-2011 sampled at home in Upstate New York (New Paltz) on 07-May-2011.
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - APR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
absolutely delicious balck ipa, almost looks like a stout when its poured into a pint glass, the head is off white-beige and extremely thick and pillowy. black oil color but not thick. palate is silky, perfect carbonation. taste is a wonderful blend of raosted malts and floral and citrus hops. absolutely delicious.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle: Pours a barely transparent blackish mahogany with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet nose with a good amount of resiny grapefruity hops and roasted malt. Starts with a mild sweetness and some toasted maltiness with good fullness for the style and a nice amount of fresh piny hop flavor before a drier bittersweet finish. Not quiet as smooth and a little too much roast for the style, but still pretty flavorful.