Lowe1983 (1385) - 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 (1778) - 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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, hops, pine, nuts, citrus, and some roasting. Poured dark brown/ruby in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Quite sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, caramel, hops, resin, slight cocoa, and some citrus. Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, pine, resin finish.
DrnkMcDermott (2898) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber, $5 at Lemon Tree, I poured some in my tulip and let it sit a minute, and caught a nice toasty malty smell riding in a blanket of Centennials, the mildest and sometimes therefore tastiest of the 3C’s. Brownish black in the glass, kicks up a big tan head with rockiness peeking over the edge. Taste is the right mix of schwarzbier black malts, just a little bit roasty. A slight orange citrus note in the hops, otherwise a mostly English bitter profile. Alcohol stays out of the way, making this a really balanced mix of IPA and black malt.
TheGB (561) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a nice head. Light aroma of anise, some malt. Smooth palate, but not that good a taste. I was expecting more.
Headbanger (3517) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle ’11 Vintage 8/17/11 (Binny’s Plainfield)-46° in Shaker-Pours black with a two finger tan head and an aroma of hops, malt, and citrus. Taste of hops on the front end with the roasted malt and slight chocolate on the back end. This medium to full bodied brew is not bad but I was expecting more.
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium-small, fizzy and bubbly light tan head, medium-short retention with fair to good lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, floral hops, light fruity esters, and some earthy spiciness. Flavor is moderate floral and perfume hops with roasted malt and fruity esters; finish is dry and thin. Light body, medium warmth and carbonation. This Black IPA lacks supporting malts; the hops are fine, but there is no real body to this beer.
DrSilverworm (8339) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, 2011 vintage, purchased from Dutch’s for $5.99. The bottle cap said "ferment" underneath it. Was I supposed to cellar this 5.5% black IPA? Too late now... Near pitch black appearance with a red hue, light brown head fading to minimal. Light lacing. Very malty and roasty, but too light on the hops for me. More black than ipa. Unnecessarily dry, but good aftertaste. Also, 5.5%? Low even for a normal IPA, and odd for a bottle that seems to encourage aging. I’m a novice, but don’t low ABV brews age poorly? What’s your secret, Black Hatter? It is reasonably drinkable, however.