Drake (7945) - 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.
3fourths (7799) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7788) - 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.
MartinT (7523) - 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.
DocLock (7502) - 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.
chriso (7344) - 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.
Dogbrick (7244) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2008
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle: Pours a mostly opaque with a very large, overcarbonated clingy froth of beige head. Aroma, unfortunately, has strong notes of sauerkraut and some faint dark roasted malts. Body starts effervescent and semi-tart with a touch of dark caramel and roasted malts, before a drier, more bitter finish Sadly, the citrusy hops are overshadowed by a bad infection. Looks like I must’ve gotten a bad bottle, since no one else seems to note any of these problems.
jtclockwork (7110) - , 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
Ughsmash (7005) - 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.