obguthr (4171) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shit and bean smell, dirty. Clear brown, thick yellow head, decent lacing. Soil flavor with walnut accents, low intensity, sessionable. No bitterness, low hop presence. Black IPA? Hardly. Dunkelweizen, maybe, but most likely an ABA. Pretty plain.
zizzybalubba (1527) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (best by February 6, 2012). Cola-like brown pour with a frothy off-white head. Faint hoppy aroma of grapefruit and wet grass. Nothing unexpected from the flavor; light smoky malts as well as pine, grass, and grapefruit. Easy to drink. A pretty good black IPA.
Aubrey (3455) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2011 If you’re looking for a typical winter ale you won’t find it here. If you’re a fan of black IPAs, this is a must-try. Regardless, I think it makes a mighty fine winter beer. It’s deep chestnut brown in color and it has a long-lasting collar of foam, plus lots of sticky lace. Moderate body; soft carbonation; easy to quaff. Malt flavors have wholesome elements of toast, nuts, dark chocolate and a faint hint of wood. Bold yet balanced hops offer bright and aromatic notes of grass, pine and citrus. Delicious beer; much better than I anticipated.
Terminus (3297) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle-pours deep brown with a ashy soapy dirty looking head, like dirty soap suds. nose is lightly floral, lite toasted grains, nutty, lite cereal (wheat) and some medicnal notes. flavors exhibit the grainy malt profile with some chawky notes. lite medicinal hops with nutty/husky malt flavors and becomes medicinal about mid palate. lite piney finish with some herbal tones as well. not a bad beer but if it had a more puncy hop profile and a little less medicinal/husky qualitiy, this would be top notch.
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle. Poured a dark chocolate with a creamy head. Great lacing. Smells of pine needles. Taste is of hops and pine with a smooth finish. Really solid beer.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a good amount of head. Toasted malty hoppy flavor with a quick finish.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2011 Bottle. Pours black with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma has a good chocolate and citrus and piney hop notes, nice and nutty too. Flavors have a good juicy citrus hop character with toasted nuts, chocolate, and coffee notes. Med bodied, lively feel. When I first I had I thought it was a hoppy brown, a damn good hoppy brown. The hop character just isn’t big enough to call this a black ipa but its a good beer just as long as you aren’t expecting a nice big black ipa.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled very fresh, thought it was totally kickass...Dark and roasty, with great hops in the nose and front of the body. Medium to light body, as I think a hoppy beer should be. Makes you feel good yet refreshes at the same time.
unclemattie (4285) - Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz New Belgium bottle. Pours very dark, reddish-brown color, lumpy light tan head. Aroma of earthy herbal hops, skunky citrus. Tangy pine hops flavor, some toasted malts. Lingering bitterness left on the palate. Hops cling to the back of my throat. Medium bodied. Sweet malts, overly bitter hops; seems to be a bit too hop forward and off balance. Still very enjoyable, I am glad I got to try this one.
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper. Aroma of pine accented hops. Flavor is toasty malts and piney and earthy hops, quite bitter on the finish. Didn’t peg this as a Black IPA, just sort of thought of it as a nice IPA. Good to have a "winter ale" seasonal that wasn’t some sort of spiced potpourri bomb for a change. Well done.