hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideak (thanks!). Poured a deep and cloudy brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of roast, citrus, chocolate, pine, and floral hops. Tastes of citrus, roast, pine, and some dark fruits. Had a light tart finish. Lacing left on the glass.
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black-grapefruit melange coloured body.
Big white soapy head. Mollasses and hops - simcoe. Some roasted malt. Infected? Buttery mouthfeel, weak carbonation. Thanks for bringing, Radek.
Dogbrick (9346) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a traveling HSC member. The beer pours a dark amber-brown color with a medium foamy light beige head that burns away steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops and toasted malt. Medium body (although a touch thin at times) with flavors of hops, roasted malt, caramel and a bit of citrus. The finish is toasty with a short hops aftertaste. Decent overall.
mcberko (9209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours dark reddish brown with a beige head. Roasted malt and piney / citrusy hops, with slight fruitiness on the nose. Flavour boasts some intense, almost burnt, roasted malt, with a slightly subdued piney hop bitterness at the end. Quite nice indeed.
JoeMcPhee (8962) - 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.
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pine/orange peel and toffee malt aroma. Dark brown color with giant tan head. Bitter pine/orange peel and light toffee malt flavor - hops dominate. Okay.
3fourths (8553) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2009
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Bottle. Cola brown body, tan head. Peppery herbal hop nose, light bread crust, light cheese. First taste is yeast-heavy acidic cheesecloth and stenchy rotting vegetables. Down the drain you go.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Craft. Pours ruby, not black, with 1-finger of off-white head. Nose is heavy piney hops, dark malt, brown sugar, tropical fruit. Tastes malty, with rich resiny hops. earthy, a bit of pineapple, but the hops overtake the malt late. Solid.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Deeply bready, caramelized cereals meet coniferous hops in this cuddly Black IPA, concluding in a sustained peppery hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam provides plenty of lacing atop the cloudy reddish-brown.
-No idea how old this was since there is no date on the bottle, but I imagine the hops were supposed to be at the forefront a lot more. In any case, the bready, toasted malts were just gorgeous, so I didnít mind the restrained aromatic hop presence at all.
-The big-bubbled effervescence and soft malts made for a very comfortable mouthfeel.
-Some raisins are found in the bready malts, and citrus fruit among the resinous hops.
-This may not be the most complex Black IPA out there, but it is highly satisfying.
-I see from other ratings that there seems to be a consistency problem with this brew. In any case, I know that when itís on, itís great.
DrSilverworm (8339) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Party Town. Shared with friends. WTF? My black IPA has a brettanomyces infection. Has a citrusy, grapefruity nose. Flavor is lightly tart. Soft, tingly carbonation. More dry finish. Thankfully, the infection does not ruin the beer. Itís kind of fascinating, really, brett black IPA... Just totally unexpected. Mostly clear, dark red / brown color. Thin khaki head, good bits of lace. Some light roast malt, hint of coffee. Earthy hop. A lot of citrus character, that I think is probably from the brett. Moderate tart taste, light bitter, minimal sweet. Really interesting beer. Itís infected, but not in a bad way. Tastes like itís intentionally supposed to be a brett black IPA, or black saison or something. Pretty refreshing.. black farmhouse ale.