kidmartinek (3560) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is peppery and citrusy with a toasty malt core. The beer is deep chalky brown, almost black. The head is a thick, deep tan and leaves a full thick blanket of lace as the glass draws down. The flavor has a milky bitter roastiness that quickly falls back to a punchy fruity sweetness. The beer manages to finish bittersweet. Imagine that.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Short Pump, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a mediim sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of big chocolate notes, roasted malts, resin and herbal hop finish. The taste is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a resin hop finish. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt. Taste is a little creamy, roasted malt. It is a nice tasting beer. Nice roasted aftertaste. OK lacing.
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with light, whispy tan head / Bright nose of roast coffee, chocolate, caramel, and pine / Light to medium body, some acidity and chew, dry, with good bitter finish / Flavors of dark roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate with notes of orange, lemon, pine, and caramel / Very astringent, could use a little more fruit, but still a worthwhile brew.
Brouwerij (915) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a near black with a half finger of brown head. Settles quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is mildly hoppy, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, with mild smoky tones. Flavor is roasted, malty, slightly smoky, and nutty. Finishes somewhat bitter with tones of smoked malt that linger. Moderate carbonation, medium body, and a sightly oily mouthfeel. Mildly astringent finish. A tasty, drinkable, and richly flavored beer.
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma has cocoa, piny hops, roasted malt, earthiness, mild coffee and a bit of cream - well balanced and nice. It has a medium crisp body with a nice amount of carbonation. The flavor starts off with earthy / piny / grapefruit hops, dry dark chocolate and bitter roastiness. The finish is dry, woody, hoppy and has a lot of character to it. Very nicely done.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I picked up a sixer of this because I liked the last installment, big mistake. This is just as black as you would expect, decent head, good lacing. Aroma is more burnt malts than roast malts, meh. Flavor is kind of burnt too, not quite a stout, certainly not a black IPA, just a below average porter I guess. Really disappointing, not sure how I’ll drink the rest.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-17-2012 02:36:23
ChainGangGuy (4354) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a black body with an inch worth of khaki-colored froth.
Smell: Roasty nose with touches of charred bread crust, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate with a nice, cleansing citrus scent.
Taste: Heavy roastiness, slight burnt quality. The palate is almost soothed by the sweetish caramel, toastiness, and chocolate, but that’s when the citrus, resins, and hop bitterness aid the astringent blackened maltiness. Resinous, bitter, but also bitter chocolate in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A solid though not scintillating beer.
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is hoppy with licorice notes, herbal hops, dark chocolate and roasted malt, Taste is resinous hops, mint, dark chocolate, light licorice and roasted malt. Body is medium with a mild, bubbly carbonation and a light hop bitterness. Finishes with more hops resins, licorice, roasted malt, mint chocolate and coffee notes.
Ernest (6160) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested)
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted/burnt grain, husks), moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of licorice, vanilla.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Quite decent and certainly much better than volumes 1 and 3 (I never tried #2, because they don’t make the bottles clearly different, basically just a tiny little number on the neck label, which seems like not such a great marketing idea if you’re drastically changing the recipes each time, but oh well). Maybe a touch vegetal/husky, and I’m not a fan of the one-dimensional raw resinous hop odor, but this is certainly better than a great many "black IPAs" out there. Pleasant.