tia (879) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown thin head. Smoky plus resiny. Hoppy with a funky taste. Dry but not a long finish.
Butters (3745) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the the Sweet Sixteen Richmond Gathering. Dark brown pour with offwhite head ring. Smells foresty hop and slightly roasty. Alsmost smells like weed. Pretty tasty like the same. Not the best bipa iíve had, but its pretty damn good.
thegreenrooster (3189) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a black with a tan head. Aroma is a big pine hop nose. Flavor is at first caramel malts with some chocolate and again those hops show up. Finish leaves a lot of hop resin on the tounge. This was a very solid black IPA.
wlajwl (3804) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pine and a bit of musty maltiness in the aroma. The flavor is piney mixed with a splash of chocolate. Very well combo of malts and hops, among the few Black IPAs Iíve had that donít seem like an IPA with black food coloring.
adnielsen (8963) - 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 (857) - 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 (526) - 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 (3210) - 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 (12352) - 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.