Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Way too malty for my tastes, I think these so called darker IPAs will be a taste it might take me a while to acquire. It did make for a nice looking pour though, and obviously an amazing name and label.
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bomber. Poured iced tea brown with a lovely cap of beige head. The aroma picked up some odd notes of sour barley and caramel with some grassy and piney hoppage around.. smelled off. The flavor confirmed my fears by providing a sticky, sour mess with vinegar and oaky notes all over the place.. there was some caramel providing some body, but it didn’t accomplish much under the veil of the sourness.. same goes for the hoppage, which just managed to bitter up the sourness. Again sour on the palate and not at all pleasant.. I feel ya Ken.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2008
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
22 oz bottle via Liquid Sol. Pours a dark reddish brown, not quite black with a huge head that sticks around for awhile. Nose is toffee, roasted grains and dark fruit. Taste is roasted grains, earthy hops, and a sour finish/aftertaste. THink this is infected a bit.
DialSquare (3094) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
had a couple times on our travels around the pacific northwest. not sure where the rating notes are from though. had once on cask also. dark brown with hint of amber on the pour. citrus and piney hop aroma. nutty caramel malts back up the big pine hops. detect a bit of coffee also. well balanced. liked this one. K-7
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 V - dark pour with a big clumpy tan colored head.
A - muted aroma
T - malty pine, mostly bitter from the ipa
P - meh finish
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nectar. Pure nectar. Truly an IPA that utilizes both hops and dark roasted malt to achieve maximum bitterness. Aroma is dark semisweet chocolate. Flavor is charcoal-chocolate bitterness, with malty notes - showing almost woody notes. Flavor has an underlying sweetness that reminds me of bittersweet chocolate - but at the same time the grassy hops are not absent on this one. This one takes an easy #2nd against Stone XI as far as Black IPAs go. Learn it - it is a new style. Explore it. Enjoy it.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The body is a dark but transparent chestnut brown color. A medium sized, foamy, beige colored head settles to a thin film, leaving sticky, bubbly bands of lace on the glass. The aroma is heavy on pine and spruce hops, with hints of candied bitter orange peel. Generic dark fruits and hints of roasted cacao nibs show in the malt base. Flavors are bitter up front, pine and fresh, green grass leading the charge, while lightly sweet, scorched caramel and baker’s chocolate finish things off with balance. Grassy notes return on the lingering finish. Medium-plus body with balanced carbonation, the palate is on the dry side. Slightly astringent, but not overly so. Overall, a very solid brew in a genre that I’d like to see more of. Think Stone 11th Anniversary light.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I admit I approached this one with a bit of trepidation. I was never a fan of the fad of making white wines of Red wine grapes. I never thought I’d like a black IPA. but..
Bomber. Poured pitch black with lasting foamy beige head. Huge floral, citrusy and bitter aroma. Much lacing. Full hoppy flavour, with a touch of roast malt. Lingering hop finish. Great on a warm day.
lb4lb (2563) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark maroon and almost black with a big tan head. Smell is diacetyl butteriness and some dark hoppiness. Some metal as well. Taste is very dull and bland. Extremely watery with a light buttery and super subtle hop finish at first along with a bit of char. Unfortunately, not that great... Medium to soft body and medium carbonation. Drinkable, but not a winner, for me.
anders37 (18159) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ WABF 2008. Pours a sark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty hoppy grapefruit aroma. Slightly roasted malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Long malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.