Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is pitch black with a thin, half-finger wide tan head. The head fades quickly but leaves fantastic lacing on the glass. Aroma is very hoppy compared to the other versions (surprise, surprise), with some roasted malts and coffee in the background. Flavor is citrus and bitter and first but transitions into a nice roasted/dry malty finish. Notes of coffee grounds, caramel, and pine needles. Smooth, medium bodied.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a cappuccino colored head with large bubbles rimming the glass. Aroma of espresso, chocolate, smoke, dark malts, and Simcoe hops. The initial taste crushes the palate with huge roasted coffee, pine/citrus hops, and dark chocolate. Slick & oily, yet slightly creamy mouthfeel. Lingering resiny hop aftertaste. A slow sipper for sure.
portableparty (2293) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours somewhat oily black brown with a big foamy tan head that slowly fades to a sticky lacing and film. Aroma is roasted malt coffee and cardboard with a hop presence. Taste is rich bitter bakers chocolate and coffee as well with roasted malt and a citrus floral hoppiness that seems mixed with grapefruit, piny cardboard. Palate is full and creamy with a gentle fizz and finishes chaulky dry. Really strong variation of a black IPA that has an awesome bitterness. I really enjoyed this!
douglas88 (8464) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a pure black color with a medium beige head. The aroma is sweet smoke and citrus hops. The flavor is a very odd mix of bitter pine and citrus hops with smoke and rich coffee. Unusual in that no one side dominates too much, the hops win slightly. Nice.
Sledutah (7070) - Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle picked up at Pizza Port bottle shop
Appearance: Black with a medium sized tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts and piney
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel of roasted malts, coffee and pine
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at a stout tasting with a few friends. Was told this was Beer Geek Breakfast and thus was blown away when in the aroma I got a ton of hops. Piney hops! HALLELUJAH! Hops, where have you been all afternoon? Then comes the taste which was coffee, dark roasted malt and more coffee. The hops are gone. Mouth feel is so light it is sad. Then I read the label. This isn’t a stout, it’s a black IPA. I take back the palate comments but mark down more for the fact that there are NO hops present in this outside of the nose. Overall, I loath the very idea of black IPAs and since I was rating this per a stout, throw it out.
Dogbrick (11641) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours black with a medium tan head that recedes slowly to a film. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops, chocolate and coffee. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, resiny hops and more coffee. The finish is roasty with a lingering moderately bitter hops aftertaste. Good beer all around.
sloth (2817) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium sized light brown head with good retention and a thin, sticky layer of lace hangin there. Black colored brew. Nose of vanilla, roast and chocolate with milder piney notes in the background. Med/full body, oily texture with a gentle carbonation. Hops up front on the palate, piney and a little catty, resiny and juicey and if this isnt enough you are then slammed with the roast, coffee and chocolate flavors, caramel and maybe some black patent. Very large chewy flaor profile. The finis is largely bitter and roasty, wow! One tough hombre! Bottle from statelineliquors.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to aapp for sending out this bottle. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
The is an American Black Ale.
Pours near black with a long-lasting deep tan head. Strong lacing and a heavy roast and chocolate character in the nose. Good dosing of pine and faint earth. Heavy pine, especially as it warms. Good balance between the pine and roast in the flavor. Medium body with a dry, resinous finish. Fairly bitter, mostly from the hops. Really quite tasty.
Travlr (21680) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Last bottle at Churchkey, shared with Evan and Christopher. Nearly black, medium brown head with reasonable retention. Great balance between the roasty chocolate characteristics and the aroma and bittering hops. Nice example of the style!