Fantomasus (289) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting brew... Black IPAs are fairly new to me...
Pours a black cola with a nice foamy off white head. Looks great, nearly rated it a 5 for Appearance. Aroma is potent and pleasant: some coffee, some chocolate, caramel, cereal, grassy hops, and some dough. Taste is nice but way off balance towards bitter. Same with the finish that leaves a long linngering bitter burn. I like it. Would drink again. Would buy again.
Shroy (3) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2015 does not count
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
I would rather categorize this as a porter. Not enough hops to justify it as a Black IPA. Aroma smelled more of alcohol than anything. Tastes a bit old and chalky though the chocolate tones were pleasant.
Braudog (6115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark yet shiny, the head is an average presentation. As Iíve said with many Black IPAs, I just donít really get this style. To me, we should just call these Hoppy Porters. Thatís what this is ... a chalky, chocolatey beer at its base, but topped with some woodsy, assertive hops. Well made, Iím just not a huge fan of this blended style. (#6057, 11/5/2015)
Larkin (25) - Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Pours like a stout but with more head. hops appear sightly at the start mid palate the dark malt, chocolate, caramel and coffee show through with a roast bitter finish. Great black IPA.
commonmac (820) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the source. Dark black in color. Mild tan head. Strong roasted malt and hop bitterness on the nose. Aggressive aroma. The intensity continues as the sip progresses. The hops are the leader of this black IPA world. Lingering roasted malt quality that almost burns the mouth. They fulfilled the style mission but thereís something underwhelming about this beer. Meh.
CObiased (186) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big roasty burnt aroma along with a nice dose of citrusy hop. Body is full and well structured/balanced. On one side I taste a great mix of roasted malts, cacao and a bit of tar. On the other side I taste citrusy hop bitterness. The two opposites meld perfectly. Tasty, lingering burnt finish.
nuplastikk (5371) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pretty weird Black IPA, potentially old or off. 22oz bomber. Burnt oily caramel aroma, not pleasant. Black brown body, beige head. This is pretty bad, sweet and sugary, with some odd pungent undertones. Comes off like an old Milk Stout with too much specialty malts. Pretty good....for a Caribbean Stout. Weak, poorly made Black IPA.
arnold931 (1109) - Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours fairly clear dark brown with a medium beige head. Nose is roasted malts, dark chocolate and some pine. Flavor is same with some grapefruit.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good, and this is one of my favorite styles (top two or three), but somehow somethingís lacking here. All the parts are there. But, Iím not getting enough roastiness. And particularly troublesome, not enough hoppiness. Not sure if I have an old bottle (says this is a winter seasonal, and I bought this in June), or what -- I usually expect better from Left Coast. That said, itís good -- but there are many better.
douglas88 (7797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a murky dark brown color with a small brown head. A big chocolate and fruity hop nose. The flavor is more chocolate and ash, a bit of milk, sweetness, certainly fruity hops, but this is hardly distinguishable from other hopped up porters or stouts, not a robust CDA, pine. Quite nice though. Medium bitterness. As it warmed it became more fruity and bitter.
AWISLguy (2084) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Rays in Tosa, shared with Eric. Pours root beer colored with a bit of a white head. Some floaties. Aroma has caramel and grapefruit and ginger, with some black patent malts. Taste is of sweet chocolate, black patent malts, some bitter citrus and some herbal ginger. Medium bodied and syrupy. Finishes nicely bitter and sweet, with the chocolate and the citrus. Not a top representative of the style but solid.