nuplastikk (4807) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I usually go with brewers intention, but this is way more Stout than Black IPA. Has that roasty deep brown chocolate caramel thing going, not the heavy thick feel of a Black IPA, or the chocolate covered minty hop bite...this has more of a classic, enjoyable West Coast hop feel there. Heavy, thick, creamy chocolate malt. Strong Porter? Its good, but kind of off-target stylistically.
phaleslu (7040) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle shared by DrSilverworm - thanks again, Chris! Pours an amber-brown color with a small khaki ring and island of film atop the beer. Notes of nuts, chocolate, tobacco, toast, and pumpernickel in the aroma. Flavor of earth, tobacco, dark chocolate, and citrus peel. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a dry, rich mouthfeel. Decent black IPA but nothing particularly special.
DrSilverworm (7649) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, picked up from Brennan’s during my stay in Madison for GTMW. Shared with local beer guys. Dark brown color. Thin khaki head. Leaves good splotches of lace. Impressive aroma... More malt than hop, but I dig the malt thing going on here. Good coffee, roast malt. Some brownie, hints of vanilla. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. I was worried about this beer, I was thinking it would be older, but it’s not sweet like I feared... Malt-forward, but the malt is really nice on this. Very little hop, a little earthy hop if any. I wouldn’t call this a black IPA at all, but it’s a pretty nice tasting stout. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of creamy, lighter carbonation. Good chewiness to the texture. Solid stuff, a lot better than expected. I wouldn’t call it a black IPA at all, though. Good mildly hoppy stout. I could have finished this bottle happily.
kaser (3403) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour from bottle at club wakonda. Off white head. Raisin and licorice aroma. Chocolate and smokey meaty tastes. Not bad at all
1pintatatime (92) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost black with a thick, foamy cream-colored head. Aroma is toast a chocolate with no real hops coming through. Flavor is initially more bitter than expected given the aroma. The malt comes through with a dry dark chocolate flavor to work against the more astringent hops. I’d prefer a bit less of a clash between the hops and malt, but overall it’s OK. Black IPAs are just just not my drink of choice.
CanIHave4Beers (3424) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
Pours basically black with a thick khaki head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is pleasant, decidedly not hop forward... but it is pleasant. It’s got a nice roastiness, a mild sweet character, some dark chocolate and light roast coffee... lingering in the background are some fruit forward hop notes.
The flavor is way off balance for my taste. It’s pretty darned astringent & there is a huge clash between roasty bitterness & hop bitterness. The more delicate & pleasant fruit forward & floral hop flavors are muted almost as if they were buried in the mess of everything else going on here.
The astringency really affects the palate on this one, leaving a sort of lingering sensation on the tongue akin to having taken some sort of unpleasant cough medicine.
I’m not saying this doesn’t have pleasant elements to it... but they’re far outweighed by the astringency and imbalance of flavors.
Ughsmash (7223) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured near black with a short cap of toasted tan head. The aroma picked up roasted, husky black malts and cocoa with accents of vanilla and detergenty hops. The flavor found syrupy-smooth and velvety roasted cocoa and vanilla notes at the core, with pine and black roast bitterness emanating outward.. grainy and warming on the very tasty finish. Medium-bodied and surprisingly creamy on the palate.. well-balanced and very good.
wlajwl (4188) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is citrus, fruit, mild sweetness and a hint of dark malts. The flavor is citrus, dark malts, tropical fruit/zest, mild sweetness and a resiny and tangy/bitter finish.