Drake (11499) - 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.
Dogbrick (11180) - 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.
crossovert (11015) - 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 don’t 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 isn’t 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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Date: July 01, 2012
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: dark with clear ruby edges, wispy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet citrus aroma, caramel sweetness, touch of chocolate
Flavor: rich caramel and chocolate flavor, plenty of citrus hops
Overall: more of a hoppy brown but really great
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
daknole (10838) - 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 (10445) - 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.
shrubber85 (10359) - 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.
rosenbergh (9999) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. (Kwik Trip) Lake Mills, WI.
Dark reddish brown colour with a small tan head.
Grassy and fruity hops, liquorice, mild roasted malt and mild bitterness in a delicious aroma.
Very balanced. The flavour is a bit more leaning to a porter and the aroma to an IPA.
Roasted malt, bitterness, berries and grassy hops in the flavour. Nice and tasty.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, big thanks to beerpig317! Code on bottle is 1112 06:12 . Very dark brown / red color. Appears near black. Thin tan head, some ropes of lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, lighter, lightly soft carbonation. Kind of a more full, thicker body. Good chocolate, balanced licorice, light coffee notes. Some citrus and piney hop. Nice cocoa aftertaste. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Good aroma, but not as crisp or assertive as other examples. A little soft, but still enjoyable.