BMan1113VR (7689) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I kind of miss 2* Below. On tap at GABF and the brewery. Pours with a hazed deep brown body with a tan head. Aromas are roasty, black malt, wheat, spicy and fruity. Light citrus hops. Flavors are fruity, hay, a bit of burnt roast, caramel, grainy, spicy hops. Dry, medium bitter. Okay.
tfratzke (20) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Pours a dark opaque brown. Team head with good lacing. Smells of bread dough and a hint of chocolate. Good carbonation on the palate. Taste is where it loses me. Shoe leather, leaves, earthy. Some strange herbs that Iím not sure how to describe. Not very hoppy for a black IPA.
strap (362) - honolulu, Alabama, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours about the color of iced coffee. moderately hoppy with roasted malts. decent brew. though not sure why itís classified as a winter ale.
Ernesto987 (3009) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Real boring black ipa. Not much of a hop presence and really thin. Some odd herbs in there however
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with a tall, foamy tan head. Strong roasted malt blended with pine, tropical fruit, citrus fruit and hop resins. Taste is more roasted malt, faint chocolate, citrus fruit, grapefruit pulp, pine and hop resins. Body is medium and slightly oily with a smooth, bubbly carbonation and a lingering hop bitterness. Ends with more pine, roasted malt, citrus fruit, floral hops, grapefruit and hop resins.
BillKismet (3162) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark caramel body with a luxurious carmelized foam head. First whiff indicates this is more hopped than your typical winter ale and is approaching Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA territory. The nose is replete with hop resin. Centennial dominates. Thorough Centennial hop flavor. Nicely rounded bitterness. Smoother than the aroma would indicate. Full of hop flavor from start to finish. Full-bodied, yet well-balanced. This one is fully flavorful, yet, at the same time, restrained in hoppiness and in alcohol content. Solid malt backbone perfectly supports the hop character and lets it shine. Spicy hop finish that has a noble character to it.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin creamy off-white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, roasted notes, nuts and spicy hops. The taste is chocolate, toasted malts, roast and bitter hops. Medium bodied. Quite drinkable.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured a nightly dark brown -- near black with a light tab head. Nose had citrus and pine, a little bit of cigarette smoke. Nice mouthfeel, lively on the palate. Nice hop flavors with loads of citrus and hop spicinous. Not overly resinous with a hint malt roastiness. Mult grain bread-like balance.
GTAEgeek (940) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the New Belgium Hub at the Denver Airport. Pours dark brown with hints of amber. The aroma is burnt toast, wheat, caramel, along with some fairly forward floral and spicy hops. The flavor is mild bitterness, and the malts are subdued. The aftertaste is long and mellow bitterness. The palate is light to medium, grainy, and a little astringent. Overall, this is an interesting beer, and well made, but the flavors donít mix well, in my opinion.
mansquito (2877) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Harris Teeter, DC sixer ($8): Pours a black color with a greyish cream head. Aroma is predictably a combination of citrusy hops and coffee/chocolate. Taste is pretty much up the same alley. Good balance through and through, with neither the porter or the IPA side really taking the lead. hat being said, there are many more interesting Black IPAs out there. Iím glad I serendipitously purchased this the day before Washington DCís first freak snow storm.