bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mohogany beer with a light brown head. Cocoa and light roast aroma. Cocoa and grapefruit flavor. Medium bodied. Cocoa and grapefruit linger with light pine.
Aquilo (535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a thin tan head. Rich aroma with molasses and pine. Flavor is nicely bitter. Overall, this is a smooth and drinkable beer, but lacking any nuance. I feel like Mendocino made this just to jump on the black IPA bandwagon.
BucannonXC5 (802) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 12-oz. mug
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.49 for a 6-pack
Purchased: May 28, 2014
Consumed: May 29, 2014
Poured an almost pitch-black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Drooping, layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention.
Smelled dark chocolate brownie, black coffee, dark espresso, vanilla, toffee, caramel, light smoky fire, fudge, crayon and nutty malts. Kind of digging it, but reminding me more of a dark porter or light stout than a dark IPA.
Tasted pretty average compared to the smell. Got bitter black coffee, espresso, dark vanilla, dark fudge, smoky fire, crayon and bitter, roasty nuts. Missing something. Just OK.
Full-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.
This beer got worse as it went down. I’d say I won’t have it again, but I still have five left in this six-pack. Any takers?
DedicatedToFun (2292) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, chocolate in color and taste, smells piney, decent amount of hops, caramel head, medium body, nice.
Zita (4538) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice sweet malty aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, burnt ,bitter finish.
DrSilverworm (6002) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle, from Party Town. Pitch black color. Thin brown head. Bits and ropes of lace. Very basic aroma. Dark fruit, metallic. Not much hop aroma. Light bit of pine. Kind of metallic in the nose. Bitter taste. Spicy pepperiness. Not sure if not fresh or just not good. Medium body. Kind of lighter carbonation, with a strange texture. Very dry finish. Some bitter dark chocolate. Some dark fruit raisiny quality to it. Big bite in the finish, astringent bitterness. Not a good black IPA.
gunnfryd (10237) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Red dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, pine, malt. Flavour is coffee, pine, hop, roasted malt. Bitter finish. Nice/OK beer.
Hansen (6468) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black and almost clear. Has a light brown head, lasting. Roasted aroma, light fruity notes, light rubber. Flavor starts roasted, lightly burnt, bitter finish. Creamy, dry texture.
jesperhammer (2835) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22-FEB-2014, bottle @home, from Fish & Beer.
Dark, dark brown with grey/off-white head.
Aroma is roast and hops (off course) but more towards malt than hops.
Grape fruit, licorice, pine, smoke, burnt toast.
Taste the same. Actually, Ilike it better and better.
Medium body. Lively carbonation. Not a balanced Black IPA but really one of the better Mendocino:-)
BEERSOLDIER (42) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent head but doesn’t hold long, off-white/brown. Does leave a nice lace behind. Dark brown/ black color almost completely non-transparent. Smells delicious, mild hoppiness and yeasty. Nice flavor with chocolate, hops, bonfire, and a little bit bitter. This is a very good black IPA that I will be having again and would recommend to anybody.