Travlr (15646) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of bard, thanks! Muddy brown, huge beige head with good retention. Aroma of Christmas trees! Bitter edge with decent caramel, balanced and interesting.
Theis (14306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Blind Tiger, NYC - at Vermont Night. Black - brown head. Nice burned malts. Nice hoppy. Lovely Bitterness. Fruity. Kalk. High malty. Lovely black IPA.
argo0 (12042) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Small tan head atop cola brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some bittersweet chocolate, light roast. Taste is much the same as the nose. Light-medium body.
jtclockwork (10663) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of citrus, pineapple, pine woods, roasted chocolate malt and dry cocoa. Finishes with dry roasted chocolate and pine. Medium body.
daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark brown pour, cream head. Aroma is nice spicy hops up front followed by mellow roasted malt. Flavor had a nice hop bite, smooth toasted malt, damn good!!
hopscotch (10077) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Midnight black ale with a creamy, beige head. Good retention. The burnt, dank aroma furnishes bong water with lesser notes of vanilla and cocoa. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The flavor is burnt, bitter, mildly acidic and acrid. Finishes tangy, carbonic and bitter. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!
Sammy (9450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first LL, thanks John. Black IPA with a good roasting aroma, black bodied wth a big bubbly head. Medium mouthfeel. Not aggressive, more like a black ale with significant hopping.
GT2 (9273) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL waxed courtesy of nimbleprop. Pours a hazy, deep mahogany with an excellent tan to brown head. Excellent, infinite retention. Aroma of dank, fruity hops; smoke; toast, coffee malts. Taste is extreme nutty bitter, walnut skins, pecan skins, slight spicy alcohol. A wickedly intense Black IPA. 100+ IBUs all the way.
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour with a tight tab head. The aroma is great. Loads of fresh earthy/citrusy hops along with some heavy cocoa and roasted malt notes. Assertive bitterness and a long lingering floral/citrus hop flavour. The roasted note really makes an appearance in this one. I dig it - although I think the roast could be dialed back.
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MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Multifarious coniferous hops grow through roasting coffee beans and molasses, leading to a potent grassy bitterness in this intense but somehow balanced and cuddly Black IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A persistent veil of foam surfs the darkness.
-This is quite redolent of their Chinooker’d IPA intensity-wise, and is in a similar flavor profile family to that of Smuttynose’s Imperial Stout, or The Alchemist’s El Jefe.
-The body is huggable and the carbonation soft and natural.
-The hop finish is also peppery.
Bottles and on tap a few times at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT.