Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from cbfobes. Thanks! Pours a clear dark ruby color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing. Aroma of floral and resin hop notes with roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. The taste is big roasty notes, citrus and resin hop notes, some caramel sweetness and just a faint bit of soy. Medium bodied with a lingering hop bitterness.
daknole (10202) - 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!
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gabf. Black appearance with a bubbly, tan head. Moderately piney, organic hoppy, mild roasty malty aroma. Fairly bitter, piney hoppy, burnt roasty flavor.
Dogbrick (9334) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle. Dark brownish-black with a touch of red around the edges. Medium tan head that dissipates steadily, and stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, pine and hops. Medium body with a resiny hops character and notes of grapefruit and caramel malt. The finish is very clean with a moderately bitter piney hops aftertaste. Solid Black IPA overall.
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL thanks to dkachur. Pours a deep brown to black with a rocky, thick, tan head. Awesome retention and big lace. Nose is very melon and tropical fruity with jackfruit, cantaloupe, and pineapple. Taste is bitter, tropical, melony, tropical. Very intense and very fruity hop nose. Pink grapefruit intensity. Excellent Black IPA.
mcberko (9200) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, bonusíd to me by ekoerper (thanks Ed), pours a deep dark brown / black with a medium foamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, spruce trees, and citrus and piney hops. Flavour brings out caramel and roasted malts upfront, a bit of chocolate, and a solid but slightly underwhelming citrus hop backing. Well-balanced, though perhaps slightly weak on the hop profile, or maybe Iíve become jaded by these over-the-top black IPAs - it seems like more of a hoppy brown ale. Whatever it is, itís well-constructed and highly drinkable. Great stuff.
crossovert (9062) - Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Black IPAs, I usually hate them because they are really lame and un-thought-out recipes. Maybe NG can change my mind. 12 oz bottle.
It pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Definitely looks nicer than most of these types of brews.
The smell is really nice. It emanates from the glass even when you donít have your nose up to it. It smells like a big time dipa or something but with a hint of cocoa. It is nice and fresh which helps it. Very resiny.
The flavor isnít as great, but it is better than most black ipas. It has a bitterness that lingers on the back of the tounge. The flavor is very citrusy with some sugary malt and a hint of roastiness on the back end.
It is still kind of jumbled but at least black ipas are evolving into something a bit more drinkable.
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Caramel malt and pine/orange peel aroma. Dark chestnut with large tan head. Sweet molasses/chocolate malt and moderately bitter pine flavor. Very tasty.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with thin off white almost tan head, aroma brought notes of slight mineral, grass, roast, some earthy and pine notes but mixing well with some cocoa, coffee notes, very interesting but I wonder how old this bottle is. Taste is some grass, slight soapy/floral/mineral notes, touch of cocoa powder, hints of earthy grain, some touch of roast and coffee, finishing fairly bitter, slight dryness as well.
3fourths (8546) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown body, off-white head.
cocoa / chocolate / old coffee / roast nose.
light egg shell sulfur.
mild hop aromatics (grassy, citrusy).
medium-light body, watery late.
mostly smooth carbonation, lightly coarse graininess.
easy to drink but somewhat muddled and unexciting.