MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to lithy! Red-sepia, thick large bubbled cream head, moderate lacing. Oily pine nose, bit of caramel and earth, very faint detectable roast. Flavor is more orange and grapefruit up front, caramel across mid with more oil and pine through the finish. No detectable roast in flavor. Oily body, pretty full, decent carbonation. I’m struggling to figure out how this is more black than a normal IPA, in fact near-identical to Nugget Nectar.
theisti (3185) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle randomly shared by someone. The pour is dark brown, ruby red with a fluffy off white head. The aroma is citrus hops - pineapple and grapefruit, pine hops, and underneath the hops is a pleasant earthy roast malt. Really soft and melded nose. The taste is the citrus pineapple hop, the pine resin, and the very light roast malt. The earthiness is more in the finish, and is more mineral in character. The palate is medium bodied, soft active carbonation and a dry mineral finish. Really tasty, and crazy drinkable. Not sure if this is what I would think of as an Black IPA, but who cares, it’s delicious.
hamilton23 (605) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown, not really black. Aroma is pretty standard for an IPA, some citrus. Taste is some citrus and a bit of nice roasted malts. Not too bad.
andyhwcinc (1429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Breeze Thru Liquors in Milwaukee, WI; enjoyed while watching the last Bears home game of the year, slightly depressing because they suck so bad. Appearance a very very dark brown, doesn’t really look black to me, with a thin off white head that rims around the glass. Aroma of pine hops, also getting a tropical fruit aroma, like pineapple or something. Taste is very good, hoppy without being overtly bitter, more of a citrus flavor, pretty smooth, roasted malts come out a bit more in the taste. This makes watching this game a little more bearable (no pun intended).
edwardbass (489) - Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good, not great for my tastes. Usual New Glarus high carbonation. Nice hops.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I never really got into the whole black IPA thing. Give me one or the other. Still pretty good, though. I’ll update when I have another sitting next to me.
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked this sixer up in Platteville, WI at the Piggly Wiggly. Smell of citrus hops, maybe some pine and roasted malts. Brownish black pour with white head. A little sweetness to it and then the hops come in. Wow, is this a great beer! Toasted malts and hops mix well; New Glarus really hit a home run with this brew.
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown pour, a tan head. Aroma has a great juicy hop note up front followed by some roasty malt notes. Flavor is so smooth...hoppy but not overly bitter. The chocolate and sweet notes shine as well as the hops. Skillfully done!
timmy4 (18) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Black IPA? Really? I think this is great beer by New Glarus, who seem to alway offer a few new beers every year.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not quite completely black, some brown edges, a thick beige foam. Aroma is loads of piney hops, little else, not necessarily a bad thing, but I can tell this is shaping up to be a dark IPA rather than a hoppy porter. Taste is a faint roast and chocolate malt character, but the hops dominate here and they are wonderful. Pine, some citrus character, fruity, fantastic.