starewich (119) - - JAN 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cola-black, considerable head, lots of lacing. Smells great like other black IPAs I’ve had. Very hoppy but incredibly smooth. What a delicious, drinkable beer that combines the best of the pale and dark worlds.
chinchin (15) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It pours dark brown with an attractive sugar cookie batter colored head of froth. Mouth watering aroma with notes of chocolate and rich malts. First sip. Wow. Toasted grain, caramel, chocolate, and malt. Really good. Medium body and carbonation, hoppy, with a nice bittersweet quality. The finish is crisp, refreshing, and ends with a nice lingering chalky dark chocolate finish. Great Brew for the price.
edgallow (1161) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pour brown with a off white head. Aroma of malts, pine and spice. Taste is the pine , citrus and nice malts.
glennmastrange (1907) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Moderate toasted grain for the malt, lightly to moderate pine resin for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with a note of charcoal. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation and has a dry finish. A lighter than most Black IPAs, but it’s still packed with a lot of BIPA flavors.
SDalkoholic (1812) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Appeared as a dark brown liquid while a thick frothy layer of foam almost poured over the rim of my pint glass. The aroma is all hops and gives off a touch of pine or citrus that smells similar to orange juice, but I’m unable to pick up on the dark malts used. The flavor is smooth and tends to be heavily weighted in the hops department while a soft touch of lightly roast malts hangs in the balance. Certainly a more tame Black IPA style that was meant for a 6 pack session.
Ret12 (404) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This I actually drank on a snow day back in college and loved it. Dark and roasty with a nice caramel flavor.
mikedR (410) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice. I particularly like the strong caramel notes in the flavor. That's preceded by a translucent amber pour with white froth. Although not a Christmas ale per se, some spicing apparent albeit not dominant. Grading a little easy because the bottle I'm tasting may be outdated, and right now it's >90 F in Phoenix ...
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Brigadier (2275) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to tastybeer for giving me an extra bottle of this. I think it is one of those beers that is just so widely available I always assumed I would get to it later. A solid release, it is something that I imagine I’ll pass on for now. New Belgium certainly has too many other releases for me to try first to return to an average session beer.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid brownish base has a black tint. The heavy head settles over time to virtually nothing. Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts provide the setting for an ashy profile.
Flavor / Palate - The light fluid mouthfeel consists mainly of cocoa and malts. The hops that are present provide a distraction before the dry finish. This is a respectable release yet I find myself thinking "if only there could be a bit more complexity." Check it out if you want a widely available solid beer; otherwise go for something more flavorful and local.
truebluehes (133) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Biscuity wheat aroma and a bit more hoppy than you'd expect. Nice dry roasted initial flavor that quickly turns flat dissipates with a slight hop lingering around.
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geologyguy (356) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
good slightly hoppy smell, taste is also medium-low hops, 50/50 mix of malt and hops, slightly smokey...decent beer
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a black with ruby edges and won top a bright white head. Aroma has spices followed by pine hops. Taste is of black pepper and earthy hops followed by a touch of bitter grapefruit. Mouthfeel is light with very prickling carbonation on the top of the palate.