JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Pours a crisp cola dark brown, with an inviting creamy head. Yeah, pretty much by the numbers for the style. Alas, the taste is even a bit below that descriptor. Nose is one-dimensional roasted malts, no underlying floral hops or resin to speak of. Body is fine too, thick and smooth but with a prickly carbonation that seems to work. But the flavors just seem to lack any character, certainly nothing that approximates an IPA and not even really that interesting as a schwarzbier (which is what’s remaindered).
Wolfenkopf (166) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Funnily enough, at first smell I thought of Pinesol. Sorry New Holland. On second and third tries, the hops came through quite strong and promised to be flavorful. The head is an almond brown and quite thick, settling down after some minutes. The laces are heavy and slide back down into the brew. The brew is a cola brown. The taste is a strange quality. I have to say it is nutty in its hoppiness and for a time a metallic taste settled in to muck things up (and no, I did not get any foil inside the bottle). Further down into the glass, the metal faded, to allow the hops to do their job. The flavoring that I first labeled as nuts turned to something else that I have to say resembles roots with a mild sweetness. Bizarre. The palate is respected, being that the bitterness is minimal and so is the carbonation. The aftertaste is all bitter, though it is mild. Kind of a crazy brew and I have to say that I prefer others of its type. Absolutely worth trying.
tvmatt (16) - Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Melt Bar & Grilled. Small head with a very muted aroma. Taste is sharp citrus hops smooth finish with slight bitterness - almost missing the "black" roasty flavor, but stands up nicely to most other IPAs.
vyvvy (3421) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a crimson hue and a sturdy tan head. The aroma has roasty malt, tropical fruit-esque hops, light citrus, some fund and a bit of cream. Medium smooth body that turns crisp and sharp with fairly sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with roasty malt, earth (hops? malt?), some spice and a bit of woodiness. The finish is rustic and earthy. This is a good beer, but not exactly hoppy like you’d expect from a black IPA.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a tan head. This was the lightest black IPA I think I have had. Light bitterness and roast, but also light hops. Okay - but nothing amazing.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black pour with a thin tan head. Very floral and citrusy aroma with some nice bitter hop hints. Hoppy and bitter at the start with a very heavy floral middle. Some light sweetness in the middle as well with a heavy bitter and lingering finish. Nice hoppy and flowery aftertaste.
gsmitty80 (1680) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty standard black IPA. Not too much bitterness but not too much of anything.
Mystery_Tramp (29) - USA - JUN 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is what a black IPA/ Cascadian Dark Ale should be. Deep Brown, almost black color. A little head, not much. Aromas of deep caramel, burnt sugar, and earthy hops. Perfect balance in flavors, not too roasty to battle with the hops, slight bitterness from grains match perfectly with the hops in the finish. I could drink this all day. Balanced, complex. Had with Chipotle sausages and Avacados! Excellent
Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Sample at a tasting at IlliniSmitty’s house. Aroma was smoke, sour. flavor was nothing, like dishwater. the color was food coloring or something, certianly not imparting and flavor to this bland, unremarkable brew. Sorry hatter.
TURDFERGUSON (3741) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Uh oh...another black ipa. Thanks Jason and Estyn for sharing. This was pretty different than other black ipa’s. Usually I find them too roasty and bitter, or sometimes to sweet and caramelly, but this one was just kind of weak all around. Just not much going on, some light roast, light hops, easy drinking and again forgettable. Also, it’s not very black at all.