tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Same hop bill as "Another One", only with dark malts. Very deep brown pour, dark-ruby tinted edges. A cappuccino colored foam sits on top; long-lasting, clumpy, & thick. Heavy hop aroma, as expected; pine, citrus peel, wet grass, herbal spice, bitter orange rind. Only this time, there’s a nice background of dense cacao bean, chocolate malt, & moderate roast. Nice woodsy essence on the palate. Dry cocoa powder, charred nuttiness, roasted malt, pine, grapefruit rind, tangerine peel, & a strong, herbal & leafy hop twang. Hop abrasion & bitterness is mellowed by the darker malts, which also add a mild creaminess to the body. Aftertaste of wood, nuts, roast, & mild pine. Really, really solid black IPA.
keepersj12 (3063) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice balance between a stout and IPA. The pour is black with a small tan head. The aroma is roasty goodness with some hops. The flavor starts roasty and then the hops keep in. The finish is light and dry.
VastActiv (5713) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Fool’s Gold, New York. Colour is black with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Very enjoyable and soft.
phikus01 (112) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another perfect beer from Maine Beer. Awesome aroma, and the hops and malt intertwine for a dry roasted finish.
daleharshman (1045) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods on Columbus Circle while on a NYC business trip ($8.99). Bottled on 12/23/2014. Pours black with 2.5 fingers of creamy-fluffy tan foam leaving decent lacing. AROMA of fresh bright hops with notes of big citrus, wet pine, but mashed up with roasty-malty notes including milk chocolate and roasted nuts. FLAVOR of pine needles, big grapefruit, earthy hopts, and lesser notes of dark roasted malts and cocoa powder. Finishes with both hoppy bitterness and roasty bitterness. The nose is bright and has a nice balance of the hoppy and roasty, but the hops seem to win out in the mouth. Pretty good Black IPA. (234, 949)
Emeister84 (2161) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly smokey aromas, burnt fruit, citrusy, piney, cooked caramel, subtle cocoa. Dark brown-black, mostly clear, mostly lasting khaki head. Dry, hop flavors are quite earthy, malt flavors are raw cocoa, a little like cooked ham. Medium bodied.
pcshotsauce33 (61) - Columbus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted hoppy delight with a heavy dark malt backbone but smooth citrus bitter finish. Pine, grain, chocolate, citrus, and floral are all present. Really enjoying this sip after sip. Well done black IPA!!!
Baristas2Brewers (24) - - FEB 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled on 12/23/14. Very first black IPA and loved the bright citrus that popped into my mouth. Very smooth
AndyW68 (1455) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting dark pour with tan head. Aroma is roast malt with citrus and chocolate. Taste follows nose.
SG111 (1289) - New York, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on 11/18/14. Pours porter black with huge frothy tan head. Aroma is lots of grapefruit right as your pour. Lemon, orange, some pineapple. After that settles down, you get a very distinct roasted malt character. Chocolate as well. Flavor is roasted and malty up front with lots of hops and citrus. Some grapefruit and lemon. Long bitter hop finish. Really nice. Super balanced.