BillKismet (3407) - 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 (9460) - 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 (4184) - 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 (1343) - 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 (3759) - 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.
jefcon (1446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich-looking in the glass, with an amber glow. Lots of fruit and yeast aromas, and then a surprising amount of hops on the palate. This is a big beer in a small beerís body. Aggressive flavors of juicy raisin, light caramel, grapefruit, orange and bitters, with a slight candy sugar finish. The beer borders on sweet, but pulls back at a smart moment to let the significant contribution of the hops be tasted.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of piney hops with a hint of malt sweetness. Flavor of piney hops followed by a nice coffee or chocolate sweetness. Balanced and tasty.
Zeswaft (1426) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím yet to have a bad black ipa but this is on the weaker side. What i do appreciate is that new belgium has releasing new quality beers in unique styles. Curse fat tire. Anyways thereís definitely some centenniel hops up front quickly fade and you get kind of mediocre porter roasty malts and chrarcoal butterness. A nice addition to Ranger.
sickboy79 (66) - USA - OCT 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dig it. Very interesting flavors. Donít taste a lick of wheat at all. A nice carmel malt head and floral hoppy finish. Very enjoyable. Another great seasonal from New Belgium!
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
brown. dull cola brown, and surprisingly smells like cola too: light pepper, plum / caramel flavoring, semi-sweet with a touch of egg-shell / powder yeast and light dried cheese powder hop aromatics, dull and dried rather than fresh and green. medium-light body; mild toast / burnt cracker malt, light dough / yeast powder / cracked grains, light roast, a bit like the character found in poorly-made schwarzbier - toasty black patent char without roast or the typical chocolate / coffee notes of stout and porter. and the hops? entirely lifeless and dull.