Ed5388 (2764) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours deep brown almost black with almost no head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is roasty, with notes of chocolate, and earthy hop bitterness.
mansquito (4657) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Total Wine, Fairfax 12oz: Pours a black color with a creamy light brownish head. Aroma is citrus, roasted malt, a bit of pepper, and a hint of coffee. Taste is ever so slightly sweet. Some amount of bitterness. Nice roasted coffee. Nicely balanced malt and hoppy character, but I was not really impressed.
jesperhammer (3790) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16-MAR-2013, bottle @home, shared with Morten, from Høkeren.
Black with low brown head.
Hard roasted and hoppy with grape fruit, pine, licorice and coffee.
Lovely black IPA Really balanced.
Fresh, hoppy and roasted. Smooth with medium cabonanation. Really really hoppy. Lovely.
Pyrmir (5055) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Aroma was fairly low to me, coffee, some citrus and pine hops. Taste was fresh and smooth, some coffee and hop notes
jordinc (105) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours black with tan head. Malt and citrus aroma. Satin mouth feel. Starts sweet and transitions through to citrus hops. Finishes quite long. Pretty good, I’d like to try it again.
mjs (5815) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Oliver Twist, 20130314) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had fruitiness, malts, Earl Grey tea and peach. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were hops, fruitiness, sweetness, roasted malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was hoppy, sweet, bitter and mildly roasty. A good and different Black IPA.
Blairgus (3726) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
13 Mar 2013, bottle. black. nose is toasted oatmeal and dark coffee with some faint citrus hops. thin body and moderately fizzy. coffee, blue cheese, roasted malt, some citrus hop finish. pretty good
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Yet another try at this sometimes off-putting and sometimes enjoyable style. This vigorous black ale is certainly one of those which, citrusy nose and flavors notwithstanding, dials into the dark, chocolatey parts of its profile fairly consistently. Earthy notes, some char, and rich fruitbread stuff lingers in along with the dry and fruity elements that tend to be secondary. Decent stuff but nothing I’d go back to, unlike some previous Fade to Blacks.
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose was pretty big for me. Citrus and roast. Taste had chocolate , roast malt, coffee and some licorice. Finish was somewhat bitter and not the best. Lingers a little to long.
umich03jm (3106) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a nice 1 cm brown head that lingers a bit. Leaves nice lacing too. Aroma is faint, just getting some light roast and citrus. Taste is pretty solid but a bit boring. Just some light roast and citrus like the aroma. Nice creamy finish with a pretty big bitterness, light roasted coffee taste lingers. Medium body, creamy and slightly oily mouthfeel. Overall, it’s solid but needs more hops to help the aroma and taste complexity. Especially if you want to call this a Black IPA.