ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 12/31/13, drunk on 2/1/14
Bottle conditioned pour produces a compact, charred-tan head that recedes to cover, leaving plentiful lace atop a dark mahogany body, moderately high clarity.
Yep, smells like Maine Beer Co hop profile; fresh, fruity hops show off cherry, candied orange, lychee and ruby red grapefruit. The dark malts mask some of the strong resin/alcohol burn, but are surprisingly very masked themselves, showing off only a bit of chocolate graham cracker like maltiness. Medium strength of aroma, still some alcohol vapors that I get with all of their beers. Really like the fresh, leafy hop acids.
Subdued on the dark malts, just as in the nose, with just a light, pleasant tobacco dryness and light pruniness. Base malt sweetness is well-attenuated and comforting on the palate, aided by the light but engaging carbonation. The amarillo hops are delicious, adding the fresh, green, lush citrus hoppiness, while the simcoes are a bit overbearing in their brash bitterness but add their characteristic cherry-melon-like "sweetness" and plenty of acidity. The cascade and centennial combine and keep the finish very citrusy, somewhat piney and somewhat more resinous than I prefer. As with most of their beers, they come off very aggressive, assertive and somewhat overdone with the combination of alcohol and acidity. Nonetheless, the quality that goes in to the actual brewing is bursting forth, even if the recipes don’t really suit my tastes.
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, quite a beer here, one of the best BIPA’s Ive had since Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous. A wonderful balance between the high hop flavor of citrus and pine, and the delicious roasted coffee beans. Nice use of chocolate malts here, doesn’t make it too sweet it actually enhances the roasted nature of the wheat oats. Opaque black pour into the tulip glass, tan to off white head that remains throughout. Good lacing on the glass, the aroma hits from farther away than I imagined but its so enticing my mouth began to water. Tremendous combination of Simcoe and Cascade hits you immediately, then the dark chocolate and coffee next. Taste is a reflection of the aroma, mouthfeel is full and enjoyable and truly asks you to gulp it. Excellent.
Maverick34 (2209) - New York, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Brownish black pour. Biggsh ihead. Aroma is yeast, rye and hints of malt. Interesting taste of malts mixed with funk hops.
njcraftbeerguy (3) - Township Of Washington, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark and Hoppy absolutely delicious Love Maine Beer Co follow me instagram @njcraftbeerguy
Chalsk (1053) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black color with caramel colored head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, and citrus, with subtle hints of pine. Sweet chocolate up front with citrus hop hit and then citrus and roast notes on the finish with chocolate lingering. Not a Black IPA fan, but this is very tasty nonetheless. Love Maine Beer.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Being a hop head, I am a big fan of the black IPA style and this is a very good example. Have not had any beer from this brewer that I did not really like. Love the citrus in this...
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, about 2 weeks old. Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is pine and resin hops up front, with a strong chocolate and coffee malt background. Taste is medium sweet, mild medium bitter, and pretty much exactly what you want in a black ipa. Finish is bitter and roasted. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff.
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice roasty aroma. Rounded roasty flavor that lingers...quite light yet super flavorful.
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VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
600 ml bottle. Pours a reddish-brownish black with a cream, resilient, dark beige head.Aroma is hops and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark and red berries. Finish is hoppy coffee, dry, and hints of ash. Lingering coffee, dark chocolate and hazelnut. Medium to strong body, slightly oily mouthfeel, average carbonation. Very solid product.
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A highly roasted and very hoppy (citrusy piney) Black IPA. Good example of the style.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed fresh soon after purchase.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with good retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is unmistakably Black IPA with roast, chocolaty notes and a whole lots of citrusy and piney hops. As it is often the case with Black IPAs I found the mix of roast and hops created something a bit perfumy. In mouth the beer has a full body, a somewhat grainy texture and a very active carbonation. Taste is scorched malts, burnt black cake, notes of chocolate, an assertive hopping (citrusy & piney). High roast level contributes to a rather dry finish. Maybe a little too roasted but I’m nitpicking, this is a fine Black IPA. January 1rst, my first rating of the year, I am wishing myself great beer year and also that my dyselxia gets better in 1041.