tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark brown creamy head. Toasty. Lightly hoppy. Funny sweetness. Nice dry finish. Lighter than expected.
tomthompson89 (1864) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark pour beige head, nose is citrus hops with inky molassis . flavor is a nice balance of the grapefruit hops and dark malts. almost porter like.
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opened just after the Cardinals winning the World Series. This is the ultimate gusher with foam erupting after opening and continuing even after some was poured. Thick sticky lacing. Roasted malt, molasses, and hop sourced citrus. The aroma is quite pungent. The flavor is all over the place. Spicy hops that offer citrus, molasses, roasted malt, earth, and licorice. This is very flavorful but I am not a fan. It is likely the style but big flavors collide and it is not my cup of tea. The sum is less than the parts with this one.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, black amber color with piney roast malt aroma, flavor is roasted malts and bright pine notes, nice finish
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and grass. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, and licorice. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, citrus, caramel, and chocolate with a dry, bitter finish.
_angst_ (2369) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Oliver Twist on September 30. Pours hazy black with a small white head. Smell is fresh with grapefruit and some coffee. Taste is fresh with roasted malts and liquorice. It has a nice bitterness to it and is quite drinkable.
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled@Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, riped fruits, some mild ashes as well as mild roasted notes. Flavour is ashes, mild roasted notes as well as some mild hops as well. Balanced, but not very interesting.
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle. Thanks for sharing, Sean! Solid toasty Sinamar aroma. Man, all of these Black IPAs must have incredibly similar malt profiles, it’s really hard for any of them to be distinct. I think they’re all separated by cleanliness and subtle differences in texture. Blah, blah, blah, limey hops, dark malt, clean yeast. This is good and very drinkable. I enjoyed it a lot with my meal. If there were no other Black IPAs around and I was really craving the style, I would grab it, but I don’t think I’d go out of my way to find.
Dazz3 (1477) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours black with a small light brown head. Smells smoky, hoppy and abit barry. Tastes hoppy and smoky with a bitter finish.
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Black beer, beige head. Hoppy aroma, metal, but also chocolate notes. Hoppy bitter flavor, fruity, metal and some hay. Hoppy metal finish.