ccex (1192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle pours an opaque dark brown with lasting tan head and good lacing. Smells like an IIPA with piney and floral hops. Flavor is almost that of a porter, with lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Taste is initially on the sweet side, with the hops kicking in on the long, satisfying finish. Medium body and average carbonation with a slightly slick texture. I’m glad to have tried this one. Very satisfying, although not the greatest Black IPA I’ve had.
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I try not to rate any IPA style beers because I really don’t like hop predominant beers. I thought this would be a good one to try with the darker malts. Very good beer. Aroma is all hops but flavor is very malty and balanced with the hops. Glad I tried it. Good gateway hoppy beer for me?
Brandman (2836) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown body, khaki head. Aroma is very intense with chocolate and surprising green hops. Very fresh for a black IPA. Flavour is really harsh, roasted and gold, lots of hoppy dark fruits. Nice and balanced.
drpimento (3128) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad. Poured at a good temperature with a decent tan head that lasts a little whie and good lace. Color is perhaps clear to slightly hazy depending on the width of the glass and a dark garnet. Aroma is hop, malt, dark ripe fruit, roast. Flavor’s somewhat like nose where I pick up those qualities, but also a whole set of complementary characteristics as well - a bit smoke, fairly dry, good carbonic tang, earth. Body is odd but good and carbonation is spot on. Finishis is like flavor, a little long and astringent.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled date - Jan Wk2. Poured brown with a creamy tan head that left good lacing. Aroma of pine and floral. The flavor found floral and a roasted malt backing. Medium body with a light bitter and roasted malt aftertaste.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Sadhana Wine Shop in Madison, WI. Pours a black body with an inch thick, creamy, light brown head that collapses slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is nice with lots of citrus pines and florals as well as some lightly sweet tropical fruits. Solid roastiness with some dryness to balance the sweetness and fruitiness of the hops. A light chocolate malt backing with some caramel as well. Flavor is big citrus pines and resins up front with some florals. Dry roasts blend nicely as the hops come out more with lots of grapefruits, pineapples, and some oranges. Florals grow as well with a light chocolate and caramel malt backing. Finishes roasty and dry with lots of citrus florals, pines, and resins. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice Black IPA. Lots of citrus florals and pine resins with a solid roast balance. Not a lot in the malt backing, but this was enjoyable.
rosenbergh (10409) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle. From Brooklyn, NY. Courtesy of Brandman.
Dark brown almost black colour with big tan head.
Nice hoppy aroma with fruitiness, dry liquorice, dark roasted malt and balancing sweetness. Delicious.
Flavour is dark hops, bitterness, touch of coffee and roasted malt. Flavour is much more straight forward.
Palidor19 (3164) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
not much to wonder, its got a nice smokey, chocolate flavor of malts and the hops are grassy with a nice bite at the end. the flavor with nice all the way. not the best, but very drinkable
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is hoppy and toasted with pine, citrus, and caramel. The appearance is dark brown with a small head. The taste is is bitter and astringent but like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall this is not great.
Camons (10201) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Timbers, Denver. Pours dark brown with a creamy light brown head, leaving some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, notes of coffee, citrusly and piney hops. Taste is sweet malt, dark chocolate, light coffee, citrus, grapefruit, pine. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation, lightly bitter finish. 110312