Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. This one is all head... about a 5:2 ration of head to beer. Dark brown colored pour. The head is tan, obviously very large, foamy, with good head retention and lacing. Aroma is faded herbal, leafy hops with some caramel notes. Thereís something in there that is earthy and reminiscent of crayons. Taste is caramel, toffee, light roast, anise, citrus and earthy hops. Medium bodied. A little bit on the odd side but overall a pleasant beer.
Theydon_Bois (8276) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottleshare BBQ at Dave Lís, PA - 27/05/12.
Dark brown with off-white head.
Sweetish malt nose, hops, a touch of chocolate, rasiens.
Juicy hops flavour, little citrus, caramel malt.
Medium bodied dryish finish.
jtclockwork (8234) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich dark ale. Resembles a farmhouse. I got a lot of earthy barnyard notes in the nose and palate. Rated 3/13/10
3fourths (7977) - 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.
Dogbrick (7959) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with a small, light brown head and a very dark brown body. Aroma of citrus hops, caramel, nuts and light milk chocolate. Taste is orange and nuts. Light carbonation.
DocLock (7829) - 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 (7779) - 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.
shrubber85 (7554) - 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.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Charles Street Liquors, Boston, November 2009. More dark chestnut than black. Huge beige head. Aroma is not as hoppy as I expected - light resinous touches. Some subtle chocolate notes. Fairly restrained on the nose all round. More assertive on the palate. The hops are fairly prominent but not particularly bitter. Pretty dry. Some fruity malt with roasty edges and a slightly sharp edge. Tangy hops linger on the finish, becoming borderline astringent in the aftertaste. Light, fairly smooth, mouthfeel. A little fizzy. Iíve had other beers in a similar vein that had more impact but this is a well-made, nicely drinkable example, if not quite hitting the high spots.