NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a light brown head. Super roasty, light wheat, slightly burnt malty, moderately piney, earthy hoppy aroma. Very roasty, deep malty, slight wheat, toasty burnt flavor with a good amount of piney, earthy hops. Really an interesting choice for a winter seasonal- donít you guys know that you have to either make a barley wine or an English Strong Ale for this season?! Drinks nicely but not very special.
JoePeesie (853) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thin black with a white head that fades fast and laces nicely. Nose and taste are of malts, a touch of smoke, dark woody tasting hops. Overall an interesting choice of style for a winter seasonal an above average beer one of the BIPAís I have actually enjoyed (not a huge fane of BIPS) and for a very reasonable price.
ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
had this the other night.. good stuff. made you want it to snow! has a full body with a medium pour
fiercepanda (433) - Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A dark red beer with a medium off-white head. The aroma and flavor are similar, very vegetal and a bit like a cleaner. i donít think I would try this again.
CanIHave4Beers (2878) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown with ruby tints when held up to the light. The head is big, sort of loose and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma has a lot of fruit forward hoppiness with complimentary spicy and pine like hop aromas. Sort of a hop trifecta in the nose, but itís not messy in any way, really quite nice. The beer smells a bit sweet with some mild roast.
The hop character in the flavor is not as intense or multi layered as it is in the aroma, that said the beer tastes very nice nicely hoppy with plenty of spicy hop flavor up front and a fruity finish. There is a bit of that odd roasty bitterness on hop bitterness interplay that the Black IPA is so notorious for, but itís mild and works about as well as it could here. The beer is a little on the sweet side for my liking, at this point the beer is pretty fresh... I can handle sweet with fresh hop flavor (to a point) but I have to think this would be pretty bad if it sat around too long.
Itís sort of weird how New Belgium is kind of re-inventing themselves with all these IPA/APA creations over the last few years. Itís not a problem or anything but itís funny to look back at the brewery that came into my consciousness 8 or 9 years ago and think of them as being one to brew these styles.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown. Very thin head. Fresh cascadey nose with a mellow chocolatey dark malt character. Similar flavour - light chocolatey malts and fresh cascades. Simple, but effective, like a Black APA I guess.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a crimson hue and is lighter than most under the Black IPA label. The head is large, sudsy and beige. The aroma has some cocoa, wheatish, light toast and a hint of funky hops. Medium crisp body with a modest amount of carbonation. Starts with a smooth maltiness with a bit of roast, but very non-abrasive. There is also piny and funky hops going on and it is quite dry. The finish has a pleasant bitterness and a nice hoppy presence along with some spiciness to it. Compared to a lot of other Black IPAs itís not up to par, but for a six-pack line-priced beer this is a nice deal and a heck of a beer. New Belgium impresses again.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Dark brown with just a hint of red. Nice foamy head with strong lacing rings.
Smell: Roasted and caramel malts, with orange, pine and spice floating on top. Fairly pungent. Smells like a Black Ale/IPA.
Taste: Tastes like one as well. Smoke and bitter chocolate co-mingle with orange and grapefruit. Finish is more pine-like and spicy. Seems like this should be a burst of flavor, but is a little subdued, maybe due to the wheat.
Feel: Moderate carbonation with a nice dry finish. Unfortunately, the beer is a little too thin.
Overall: This is a nice Black IPA / American Black Ale that could use a titch more flavor and body. Otherwise, quite enjoyable and better than 2 Below.
DWestrick (412) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. description on rate beer says black ipa - definitely not how Iíd describe it. Falls in line with the traditional Winter Ale. Quite tasty though, Iím impressed
Guerde (1135) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) Pours dark brown/black with ruby highlights when held up to a light, with a medium tan head. Aroma smells like convenience store coconut Hostess Donettes at first, but then gets more piney and resiny. Further warming veers this thing into vegetal territory, with plenty of canned green beans joining the party. Flavor is more malt-forward than the aroma indicated, with plenty of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a fair amount of bitter hops on the finish that are slightly piney. Gets more astringent as it warms. Has this spicy quality to it towards the finish that is kind of nice and unexpected. Overall this beer is ok, but the off flavors and aromas were a bit too much.