Maverick34 (2614) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big bottle. Massive slowly exploding beige foam head. Honey, spice, cacao malts and a yeasty, almost brett funk which was odd on this one. An interesting black IPA.
Bulk_Carrier (2780) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes and I received this in a trade.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice jet black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that must have sat there for a good minute before it decided to even make an effort to dissipate. The lacing was a nice spiderwebbed show in its entirety.
The smell was such a nice allocation of roasted dark malts to coffee tones to the citrusy hops - all combined and leading into a nice satisfying aroma.
The taste was exceptionally balanced between the citrus hops to the roasted coffee tones to the roasted dark malts. There was a nice citrus/coffee aftertaste and a long dry bitter coffee finish.
On the palate, it sat about a medium in body and tried to show somewhat of a sessionable quality about it, however, I found it to be more of a sipper. The carbonation was fairly smooth and was mainly good for the style.
Overall, in my opinion, this was a nicely done American Black Ale, well worthy of having again.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5/12/2014. 22 oz bottle. Black with a tan head. Malty aromas with citrus, pine and lots of hops. Nice balance, robust and clean beer.
LearninBeer (424) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is a bit hops and some malts, bread, chocolate and spruce. Pours a black with a slight red hint with a big creamy head and excellent lacing. The taste is bitter and a slight umami. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation a touch flat and the finish abrupt. Overall I felt it came up lacking, not enough hops and a little too much of the malts, the combination wasnít good.
dukeofunk (2) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 26, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complex yet simple. Hoppy and happy.roasty, caramel, citrus, herbs, earthy, alcohol, vanilla,
Foxbush (1502) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2014 22 oz bottle The black IPAs are new style that i have grown to like. This is a good one. The ale pours with a large tan head and nice lacing. The color is brown to black that you see light clearly through the glass. The aroma is mixture of some coffee and citrus. the medium body ale has average carbonation. The taste of roasted malts and coffee greet you with every sip. A bitter edge adds texture and lenght to the finish. This is a very drinkable black IPA.
Masterkush7 (580) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12. oz bottle. Pours with a thick brownish head that does last. Looks dark brown in appearance, dark but not opaque. Aroma of roasted grains. A little chocolate. Some hop aroma. Tastes sweet up front. Bitterness in the end. It was decent
maltman53 (432) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a huge, lacy tan head. Grapefruit hops and roasty malts in the aroma. Burnt dark malts on the palate along with sharp citrus hops. Lingering bitterness on the finish. Iím not a fan of this style but if you are this is a good one.
CopterScott (203) - Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with and enormous chunky off-white head that persists. malty aroma with some hopes. Flavor is roasted malt with some floral and pine hops. Starts out very fizzy but calms down to medium carbonation.
ads135 (3563) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a pretty decent black IPA. Very roasty, some sharp bitterness. Dark appearance with a huge head.