George3200 (6) - - NOV 6, 2011 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong hop citrus aroma. Biege Head with a dark brown appearance. Chocolate malt, strong citrus hop flavor. A surprising Winter Ale overall with the a good balance between the citrus hops and the chocolate dark malt. I am happy.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small creamy light beige head. Aroma is wow, very intense fresh hoppiness. Like I opened some hops, prebrew and whiffed in the bag, plenty of centennial and cascade. In the back, some chocolate and light roast. Flavor is rich cocoa, heavy on the chocolate with a lot of piney residue hoppiness, a touch citric. Finishes smooth and malty with a slight lingering herbal hoppiness. Medium fairly creamy body and a soft carbonation. I actually kinda dig this, not overly aggressive bitterness
dfinney23 (2317) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head. Smells like a Christmas tree lot with a hint of big, sweaty guy who’s been working at a Christmas tree lot all day. Some spicy smokiness in the flavor. Maybe the Christmas tree lot is on fire?
HonkeyBra (3826) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Dark brown, near black, pour which big thick tan head. Reminds me of the bubbles atop chocolate milk. Aroma is dusty chocolate, some toffee, some amber malt, mild piney hops. Flavor is bitter, lots of pine and citrus, with the chocolate malt. This feels like almost a hoppy hot chocolate. Comforting, but as a beer, not mind blowing. I drink your milkshake. I drink it up. But, what I’m drinking is not this beer.
Finhead (1400) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark brown pour with a frothy, tan head. It has an aroma of pine and resin. The medium body has a oily texture with lively carbonation. The flavor is bitter with little bit of a metallic taste.
SSSteve (3991) - - NOV 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. brown with highlights and large tan head. hoppy nose. flavor is dark and roasty with too much bitter citrusy hops. hmm.
tia (1342) - 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 (3983) - 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 i’ve had, but its pretty damn good.
thegreenrooster (3601) - 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 (4788) - 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 I’ve had that don’t seem like an IPA with black food coloring.