acearl (448) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black hue with than creamy head, good lacing, surprising fragrance, got a a little bit of the bergamot smell but overall it is pretty roasted N maybe woody, some coffee and a bit of hop but not much, taste is roasted and has kind of a sutty texture, some herbiness and unique bitters, I didn’t really get much bitterness or specific hop characteristics, definitely better as it sat.
deyholla (9265) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours black with a thick dark brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces beautifully. Aroma has a combination of citrus and roasted malts with backing dark grains. Flavor starts with musty dark grains and roasted malts with a light pine note coming out in the finish.
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours nice and dark with a thin mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, spicy black licorice that seems Mt. Hood hop like and then a faint resiny hoppiness. The taste is similar with dark roasted malts to rich deep dark roasted coffee and burnt malts blending with some tasty chocolate goodness. Toward the finish the black licorice like spicy hops and a dash of resiny hops takes this into the finish and after taste. This interpretation of the style leans firmly toward roastiness and I feel it comes across very well.
AWISLguy (2083) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Pours an inky black with a foamy tan-brown head leaving great lacing that hung around down through the glass. Faint orange highlights. Lovely. Aroma has pine and some citrus mixed with chocolate and roasted caramel. Taste is of smooth black patent malts, sweet choco/caramel, a touch of nuttiness and some pine. Slightly sticky. Not as tasty as the aroma led to believe. Finishes sweetly bitter with some bitter length. Nice taste, possibly a bit thin, but not a top tier black ipa without the hoppy follow-through.
onceblind (6379) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a thin light beige head. Aroma was smokey and roasty with a light touch of charcoal, as well as some coffee and a little grassy grapefruity hop bite. Flavor was not as enticing as the nose, but nothing boring either. Typical BIPA flavors of dark roastiness, light earthy sweetness, smoke, and strong acidic hop bitterness with a little grassy and grapefruit-rind flavor on the dry finish.
wlajwl (5058) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is citrus, dark malts and fruit. The flavor is citrus, resinous hops, mildly nutty dark malts and a long and bitter finish.
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a small head, opaque and black color. Aroma is strong, complex, and appetizing. Really good taste, a great example of the style. Mouthfeel is just a little fizzy for me, but fine otherwise. Pretty bitter, hoppy, and toasty, strong/alcoholic, I’m surprised it’s only 6.5%.
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is piney with some maltiness. Taste is piney hops and roasted malt. Very good black IPA.
JStax (4299) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a near black with a beige head of foam. Aroma is pine, citrus, resins, roast. Taste is bitter and malty with a dry, piny, resinous finish. Decent black IPA.
queenholly (3603) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chocolate malt and piney hops aroma. Black with a large brown head. Sweet coffee/mocha malt , citrus peel, and earthy resinous piney hops flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation. I really like black IPAs, but this one is a bit unbalanced, and could stand to be a little more malt forward.