Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours mahogany with a thin off white head. Smells of hay, grass, resin. Tastes of pine resin, earthy, some sweet citrus on the finish. Cool label!
JaBier (5928) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Amber/brown pour with a huge tan head. Bitter earthy hop aroma with some caramel malt. Citrus hop flavor with a roasty finish. Not bad, but not quite enough of the malty side as some of the better Black IPAs.
hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22 oz bottle, this poured a hazy red with fairly fat tan long lasting head very sticky lacing rings. The nose is lightly roasted malts with floral and citrus hops. Thick and cream palate with a slick mouthfeel. Lots of rich flavor with a good balance between the sweet malts and hop bitterness leading to a slight bitterness Interesting dark version of an IPA.
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to ditmier!
Pours opaque nut brown, red hints, a large beige head, puffy and long lasting. Somewhat bitter nose of orange, spice, and minor chocolate. Flavor is less interesting, rather sweet with malt and chocolate but also some earthy hop. Too fizzy for the above profiles. Not bad, but itís not very exciting.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, rating #100, and #2600 for me, Nice! Pours a cola brown body with a creamy tan head. Very vine y fresh green hop character with some mild citrus note and chocolate malt character. Ash y chocolate malt with a milder citrus lightly bitter. Not your traditional IPA for sure, but still quite enjoyable.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Roger Wilco in Palmyra, NJ. Pours a deep brown with a retentive beige head. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor is a bit different. The malt profile is like maple syrup mixed with chocolate and molasses, then this is offset by a citrusy bitterness. There is a good amount of perceived sweetness between the malt and hops. Odd, but it a good way.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bottleworks. Pours a nice burgundy with a full cream colored head and great lacing. Aroma is an interesting combination of nuts and floral hops. Very sweet tasting IPA that is balanced very well with the bitter hops and has a nice dry finish.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber-tan beer. Aroma is kind of strange. Earthy and a resiny with a very chewy hop presence. Loads and loads of resiny astringent hops on the back with a touch of light herbal character. There is a bit of dark maltiness, but not all that much. I canít really say Iím a fan of this one.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black, but its deep brown with garnet highlights when held to light. The nose is really nice with citrus/pine hops, but its really just one note. Thereís maybe a touch of roasted character. This thing is hoppy as hell, but I wish it had a bit of roasted note. Thereís a bit of an herbal/earthy note. Medium body with pricky carbonation. This is a tasty enough beer,but if "black ipa" ever becomes a recognized style, this may not make the cut as one of the best.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is lightly roasty, light mild hoppiness, light alcohol. Taste is lightly roasty, subdued hops. Pretty bland for a black IPA.