bytemesis (6312) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 02042104 - thanks JBPortland! Pours dark black with a creamy medium tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, pine, roasted malts. Flavor is citrus and pine forward with distinct roasty toffee notes coming in the middle. Light sweet, medium bitter, nice balance of roasty and hoppy. Medium body, silky mouthfeel, presumably from the oats. Quite a tasty beer!
vtafro (6267) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Black pour with tan was. Aroma is earthy and grassy with some dark malt undertones. Flavor has grassy and herbal flavors with nice malty balance.
drfabulous (6192) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle from Brouwerij Lane. It looks like it has a Sept bottling date, but maybe since it was in the cooler, it is fine. Big hoppy nose. Dark roast. Chocolate. Very tasty.
tiong (6150) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from Beer Culture, New York @ Varjopikkujoulut
Bottled 100714 - Pours pitch black with a thick brown head. Aroma of fresh grassy hops, roasty malts, pine, resin and citrus. Taste is fresh hoppy, crisp roasty and grassy with some fruity notes, hints of chocolate and citrus. Finish is hoppy, slightly roasty and fruity with some bitterness. Quite balanced black IPA.
Beerman6686 (6116) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one poured a darker brown color with a bieg head. Aroma was of green and earth hops, roasted malt and light smoke. Flavor was very intresting. Straight up citrusy and green hops upfront, with no malt at all, and then a second swing of roast and smoke on the backend. Falvors completely seperated somehow. Great stuff.
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.
TheBeerGod (5920) - 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.
AirForceHops (5877) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz. bottle with a bottled on date of 02- 04- 2014. Paid $5.99 at Carl’s Meat Market, Kittery. Thick tan head that receded slowly over the pitch black brew. Nose is roasted malt, pine and floral hops. The flavor is not overly bitter and balanced nice with, roasty, and chocolate malt’s and a touch of ash. Hints of ground coffee, and floral and pine hops in the finish. Medium bodied with a real drying mouthfeel. Really nicely crafted.
Iphonephan (5832) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 50 cl bottle shared at home courtesy of Kermis. Pours black with a tan head. Grassy hop nose. Roasted flavors. Bitter finish.
kramer (5760) - 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.