Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.
nimbleprop (6062) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle pours a translucent, mahogany, basically black with some clumpy head that is both white and beige, mixed. Nose of chocolate, cupcakes, dried orange peel, toast, light licorice. Flavor is meaty, malty, toast, coffee grounds, some orange peel, light smoke. Medium bodied, dry finish.
czar (5839) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
drank shortly after another one (both really fresh). pours very dark brown with a creamy tall dark beige head, excellent retention and strong lacing. intense chocolatey, milk chocolate and freshly roasted coffee, burnt malts, dark roastiness along with big citrusy and piney notes, never too piney though although medium roastiness seems to enhance that aspect. also maple syrup with your strong morning coffee breakfast - some sweetness indeed. average carbonation, medium body - oily and almost syrupy, grassy-citrusy, lightly piney and relatively short finish. not your average drinkable bipa but it certainly is complex and juicy fresh in its own way!
jackl (5811) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from WF, C’ville. Deep brown pour with an elegant creamy tan head. Maine have some of the best looking beers in the business. Nose is rich and inviting. Peppery hops. Pine. Hints of mandarin orange. Muscular espresso and dark cocoa provide depth. The flavor is wonderfully balanced, nuanced. Rich creamy malty sweetness cut by citrus hoppiness. Woody, dry finish. Medium body, somewhat oily. Effervescent carbonation. A real winner.
radagast83 (5809) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a near pitch black color with a wispy tan head. Aroma is notes of chocolate, roasted malts, some earthy hops. Flavor is notes of malts, roasted malts, bitter chocolate. Creamy notes. Pretty darn good!
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl, at 7.2%Vol, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, thx to tderoeck!, complex bitter brew, fruity/bitter and slightly roasted/woody, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew
Pailhead (5731) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of tectactoe
Bottle: The aroma conssts of moderate-heavy citrus/grapefruit hops, pine, light-moderate chocolate, and light roast. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights with a small light brown head that eventually fades to a thin film. There is some nice lacing rings left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and light roast. The finish has moderate-heavy grapefruit and lighter pine. It?s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel. Overall, another Black IPA that I consider to be a hoppy Porter...a very tasty hoppy Porter.
TheBeerGod (5592) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - dated 061113. Black pour filling nearly all of my New Belgium glass with mocha colored head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, dark, bittersweet chocolate, citrus fruit and coffee. taste is chocolate covered oranges, roasted malt, light tobacco, coffee, dark, bittersweet chocolate and cocoa. Body is medium and sticky with a soft feel on the palate and a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, citrus notes, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and hints of pine.
solidfunk (5464) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very decent beer. Pours pitch black with great head and lacing. Some piney hops, bitter dark chocolate and lighter roast flavours. Medium bitter finish. Average carbonation, and a cool palate for a lighter stout. Tap at brewery.
kramer (5393) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a nice frothy light brown head tht had excellent retention. The nose is flat out awesome. Lots of citrusy hops, heavy chocolate malt, some light roastiness, and a bit of dark caramel. The flavor is a little more slanted toward the hops rather than the Porter notes. Still plenty of chocolate and roasetd malts, but they are second fiddle to the bright citrusy hops. Lingering chocolate and bitter hops. Medium bodied, a little clingy on the back end, soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice Black IPA.