TheGB (578) - 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 (3784) - 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 (11979) - Escondido, 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 (9671) - 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.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA, opened 6/17/11. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium sized brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, caramel and a faint bit of roastiness. The taste is citrus hops, roasted malts, chocolate. Medium bodied.
wedgie9 (2598) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on 8/5/11 on draft at Inovasi. Pours a very dark brown with an auburn tint, and a thin beige head that slowly recedes to bubbly uneven lace. The nose has some roasted, almost burnt, notes of dark chocolate and brown sugar along with some resin and grapefruit peel hops bitterness. The flavor is more hop-forward with the resin and grapefruit peel hops the focus, and the darker roasted chocolate and brown sugar malts acting as a backbone. The body is just lighter than medium with average carbonation and a long bitter resin hops with underlying roasted chocolate malt finish.
Hair6a11 (1470) - Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a frothy beige head that retains on the average side in this glass. Sticky lacing is present here as well. The nose is typical roasted chocolate malts, coupled with an earthy note. The flavor profile I found a little thin and muted for my tastes; The Hop profile is clearly there, as is the roasty malts, but theres not much in the way of character through the center of this beer; finishing a little dull and metallic , actually. Its a drinkable example of a style I’m frankly not very fond of to begin with.
Ratman197 (12962) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber courtesy of BeerandBlues2 (thanks Brad) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, roastiness, coffee, citrus and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, roastines, orange zest and light pine with a smooth moderatly bitter roasty finish.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a fair amount of head. Nice light toasted malty flavor with a quick finish.
OldGrowth (3180) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pint at Tyler’s Apex. 6/14/11. Ok aroma, bitter roast malt, citrus, grapefruit and orange. Orangy brown color, ok head and lace. Bitter flavor, Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Meh, forgetable really, just not grabbing my attention.