LinusStick (2731) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Blah. A boring black IPA. Aroma was weak. Light roasted malt presence with a hint of coffee. Pour was a deep dark brown that was very still and a one finger off white head. Taste was very thin and weak. There is a strong coffee and roasted malt backbone that never really lets any hops come in. Tastes more like a porter until the hoppy bitter aftertaste grabs the tonsils. Too little too late. Nice cabonation.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a clear light ruby with a thin off-white head, coffee and pine in the aroma, starts and ends bitter with a roasted grain aftertaste, medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel.
HonkeyBra (3054) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a very dark brown, tan head. Oh crap. I didnít realize this was a Black IPA. Smells like medium roast and burnt microwave extrabutter popcorn. Flavor of burnt popcorn. Ugh. Very little hop bitterness. Some burnt wood. Other wood too. Itís almost like chewing on a twig. Thinnish bodied. Blech. Iím really bummed out I have two more of these sitting in the fridge.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of dark malt, hops, pine, acetone, and chemicals. Poured dark brown in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of dark malt, hops, pine, acetone, and chemicals. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Dark malt, hop, pine, and acetone finish is dry.
Pailhead (4356) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of light chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, and a touch of pine. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a two finger beige head with decent retention that leaves nice webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with some light chocolate followed by some roasted nuts. The finish has some faint burnt coffee and the slightest hint of pine. The best way to describe this is a mediocre-below average porter or a very watered down Black IPA. Light bodied with a thin mouthfeel and mild carbonation. It pretty much lives up to my expectations for Magic Hat.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. black pour with small off-white head. aroma of large grain, oats, bitter cocoa powder, grassy hops and light pine. quite nice. very earthy, grainy flavor billing. moderate to heavy roasted malt accompanies the earthy hop bitterness quite well. this is a winner from a brewery that doesnt have one...
HighlanderOne (952) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle- one of their sample packs. Aroma of hops, malt and burnt caramel. Pours solid black with coarse tan head. I taste grassy/grapefruit hops, roasted malt, smoke, molasses, maybe coffee too. Porter-ish feel. Nicely drinkable. Good finish. Great beer.
TheBeerGod (4994) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - from the Magic Hat Spring Variety Pack. Very dark brown to near jet black pour. Aroma is mainly roasted malt and cold coffee with a subtle hop undertone. Taste is mostly roasted malt, fainter coffee, light bitter hops and cocoa. Body is medium with a strong bubbly carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, lingering bitterness, cocoa and thinned coffee.
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy, murky, and brownish/mahogany, with a 3-finger frothy brown head. A little blebby lacing remains on the glass as I drink this. The aroma is cocoa, funky pine and papaya, and slight sesame oil. The flavor is mildly bitter roasty espresso, cocoa, moving to spicy spruce and earthy pine, and finishing with chocolate and a bit of lactose. Very drinkable, verging on creamy, with moderate body and carbonation, and a dry finish. A nice surprise, and a fine ale.
Arayaga2 (1743) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black with an inch of dense tan head. Aroma of slight wintergreen and roast. It tastes as it looks and smells... roasty , coffee-like, and not much like a black IPA in the hops department. This seems more in the porter spectrum $2/12oz