oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A decent Black IPA, but lacking any defining characteristic other than its lack of a defining characteristic. Itís like they missed being good by just a hair in all aspects; the hops are apparent in the flavor and nose, but not quite enough to keep you interested. The dark beer notes provide a foundation, but not one solid enough to support any big chocolate or coffee or charred tastes. The Mad Hatterís image should not be used on beer this tame.
obguthr (4223) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grapefruit and lime aroma, really no roasted notes at all. If you sampled this with a blindfold, the aroma would have you believing it is an ordinary IPA. Clear garnet brown, thin tan head, good lacing. Charred oak and pine, quite a bit of char. Iím surprised this isnít rated higher. Itís not as spectacular as some IDAs, but itís a solid offering.
HopBurp (74) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice head that lasts throughout. Not enough hop kick and a bit watered down in that area IMO. Nice roasty malt backbone but itís just lacking something. Itís like itís 70% there to being complete. not terrible though
Indra (2676) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. 2011 bottle. Aroma of sweet, dark malts, roasty and nutty with hints of caramel, doughy black bread and piney, earthy hop. Nearly black in color with shades of deep, dark brown when held to the light, with a lasting, frothy, ivory head and plentiful lacing. Flavor is fairly dry, roasty and malty to start, becoming fruitier and hoppier, with a moderately bitter, piney, toffeeish, earthy finish. Lingering effects of dark, bready malt, mild fruit and hop spice. Quite active on the palate, with a surprisingly light feel, barely medium-bodied. I might have hoped for a bit more heft and overall amplitude here, but I get that itís more of your sessionable, everyday Black IPA.
AWISLguy (1518) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Woodmans in the Falls. Pours cola colored with an off brown head. Many below surface bubbles. Leaves great lacing. Aroma is grassy hops, pine, olives, sweet caramel, raisins. A citrusy hint. Taste is sweet caramel, some grassiness, sweet and sour fruits. Flavors are a bit jumbled. Finishes quite dry without a lot of carry over.
jgb9348 (4923) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin, fast-dying tan head, looks a bit like guinness. Aroma of fresh hops, roasted malt, peat and a bit of peanuts - nice. Medium-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with a lot of fresh cascade hops and a little peat near the end. Aftertaste shows a bit of peanuts, some earth, some caramel and a little floral hoppiness at the end. Overall, a nice black ipa that shows good character and a nice complexity. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 04-July-2011 (Vintage 2011) for US$4.99 sampled at home in Washington on 01-September-2011.
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black color with a light tan head. Aroma is of citrus hops, caramel malts, a hint of chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor is hoppy up front with the citrus hops. Only a hint or the chocolate and roasted malts. Nice bitter finish that lingers.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle: Pours a rich, mostly opaque black with a small creamy light tan head. Has a fresh juicy piny hop nose with some mild dark malty notes. Starts with good fullness and appropriate sweetness with a clean dark malty flavor with little roastiness and lots of fresh resiny hop flavor. Finishes crisp and bittersweet. Could have a little more body and complexity, but still a pretty good black IPA.
GranvilleTim (1734) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber pour with a brown head. Roasted malt aroma. Taste is more roasted malt then hops. It is a little watered down. The aftertaste is weak.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby brown with a creamy beige slowly fading topper. Aroma is dark and roasty with pine, citrus, bready malt and light chocolate. Taste of dark roasted malt, diacetyl, pine, mild chocolate with a mild bitter finish. This is the second hatter bottle I cracked open and both have had some sort of infection.