rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pint glass. ("3/4 Pint of Ale" as they say on the label.) The label has a freshness date of "May 31 2011" and the abv is listed at 6%.
Appearance: It has a very dark look in the glass with some very deep dark garnet colored highlights showing through the beer. I also noticed some fine sediment hanging in suspension within the body. To cap off this beer I got a dense tan head which stands two fingers tall. This head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing.
Smell: I get a dark roasted malt character with hints of coffee and caramel. Hops are lighter than the malt and add some citrus and herbal notes to the nose.
Taste/Palate: The palate opens up with mild sweetness, roasted malt, coffee and toasted bread with citrus hop notes quickly moving in. It finishes with pleasant herbal/leafy hop bitterness fading slowly off the tongue. It has a creamy and smooth mouth feel with pleasant soft carbonation.
Notes: It come off more as a Porter than IPA but is still very tasty and beautiful.
Slipstream (2164) - USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The reviews on this are all over the place. I like the 45 rpm record-style label. Full, fine floral aroma - sweet coffee and spring flowers. Pretty dry and roasty. To me it tasted more like a porter or a dry stout than an IPA. Flavors of dark bread and oak. Pretty mellow and with a good flavor that is less potent than the aroma.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2012 Magic Hat Demo Black IPA is a solid black beer with a bubbly light brown foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. It smells mostly of dark roast and licorice. Itís grainy and grassy. The smooth medium body gets a little chalky toward the finish. Thereís lots of dark roasted flavor like youíd find in an Imperial Stout. Thereís a juniper bitterness that gets a little poisonous in the finish. This is not what I expect from something called a Black IPA. There wasnít really any hop aroma. A lot of the flavor seem to come from dark, complex malts. Call this something else.
[Previous review March 2011] Magic Hat Demo is a very dark brown ale thatís nearly opaque. Itís topped with a thin, bubbly, khaki foam that leaves outstanding lacing on the glass. It has a roasty aroma with a sweet caramel note. Coffee and chocolate are present, along with a hint of grassy hops. It has a foamy medium body. The finish is a little astringent. Itís pretty sweet and quite chocolatey. Thereís a healthy amount of green bitterness in this. Thereís an sftertaste of dark chocolate. Itís pretty good, but ultimately the flavors donít work very well together.
TheGB (535) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice dark brown. Light aroma toasted malt, not a lot more. Taste is medium bodied with some toasted malt and a little anise. Smooth palate, but not that interesting.
fluffy (1894) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2011
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
bleh. maybe i got a bad bottle or something, but this tasted like beef stew with hops in it. i even let a friend try it and he said the same thing. obviously others like it, so im guessing it was just a bad bottle.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Pours a dark brown black color with a finger of frothy tan-brown head. The head has pretty good retention and laces nicely.
S - Aroma is full of sweet lightly roasted carmel malts. There is also some sweet chocolate and some coffee elements that break through.
T - Starts off with some chocolate flavor and some roasted sweet carmel malts. A little bit of coffee flavor in the background. Just a touch of hops come through in the middle with more chocolate flavor and roasted flavor. The finish is fairly sweet with a some brown sugar flavor and toffee malt. Finish feels a little bit off.
M - Medium-light to medium bodied with moderate assertive carbonation. Feels even a bit creamy at times with a slightly syrupy finish left behind.
D - Fairly drinkable. Resembles more of a porter than an American Black Ale with the rather low hop presence. The flavors are pretty nice up finish with feels a bit off.
jkwood04 (4459) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Aroma of caramel malts and citrusy hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent, citrusy black IPA.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 14, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very dark brown pour with a thin beige head. The nose is earthen manure with hints of citrus and pine. An ashy burnt malt character, not unlike the leftovers at the bottom of a frying pan (think burnt toast) comes through as well. The flavor holds more pine and citrus hop notes, though they are not very powerful, which makes it easy for further burnt malt incarnations to come through. The palate is light to medium with a charry finish.
cheap (4437) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Well, I guess a black ipa is not an imperial stout now, is it? Pine tar mild aroma. First taste is big bitter impact along with a stouty or porter background. Stronger deep beer with personality. Yes, just as rude as many imp stouts and in the same way. A little sizzly. Wew, plowing action down between the side of my cheeks and my teeth. Yes a dark beer it is fer sher, wew. Long bitter dark beer finish like a baltic porter with an ipa bite. Is it possible my palate is getting numbed and ruined from IPA? Nasty nellie.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a poured a very dark brown color with a nice two finger tan head that retained throughout the entire beer. Left lots of lacing on the glass as it went. Some floaters in the beer. Aroma was nutty, wood, and roasted malts. Medium body , roasted malts flavor. Very mild hop bitters in the finish. More like a porter than a black IPA. Still a decent beer though. Especially for a Magic Hat.