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 (1724) - 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 IlliniSmittyís 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 (3954) - Durham, 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 ipaís. 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, itís not very black at all.
MrBunn (2457) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Anticipation is always high with a new Black IPA and as I pour this I find myself thinking that the body looks thin. Sure, itís black-ish and sports a small head, but it looks watery. First sniff reveals a sad lack of dry hopping... it has a kind of washed out chocolate aroma, but thatís about it. Flavor is similarly disappointing. Itís might be a slightly hopped black beer... but not a black IPA in my book. More like a schwartzbier that has had some poor quality Cascade hops dumped in early in the boil, only to have the brewer wander off, forgetting about late hop additions and dry hopping. The malt bill is watery, but holds peat, earth and chocolate. Late, late in the finish, I pick up some lemon peel and cat pee, which always makes me think of Cascades. It gets better as it warms and a little more hop quality comes out, losing a bit of the cat pee and substituting a little grapefruit rind, but it is still watery and a little off.
zizzybalubba (1419) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Dark brown cola-like pour with a thin khaki head. Really nice aroma of floral and grassy hops with faint chocolate in the background. The flavor seems just a bit off; while there is a good amount of hop bitterness there is virtually no malty roastiness that you would expect. While this is not a bad beer it is not one of the better Black IPAs and not as good as the other beers I have tried in this series.
HonkeyBra (3374) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown that lets a bit of light through. Tan head that settles into a mere film but clings to the glass. Aroma of roast, burnt toast, light chocolate. There some notes of resiny hops, and a bit of pine. The flavor is only mildly bitter, which I find odd and even off-putting for the style. Mostly chocolate and roast dominates the flavor, with a slight spiciness presumably from the hops and some notes of pine. There is a fair amount of nondescript sweetness. Itís medium bodied, and the texture is creamy. It finishes on somewhat bitter piney hop note. This needs more of a hop presence in order for it to be considered anything but a below average take on the style. Unfortunately, from my experience with this style I feel as though bad examples of the style simply seem a lot worse.
TheBeerGod (5250) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Opaque, very dark brown pour with a fizzy tan head. Rye, spicy hops, toasted malt, hop resins and citrus rind. Taste is roasty malt, rye, spicy hops, citrus, and soft pine. Body is medium with a bubbly carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness throughout. Finishes with more bitter hops, spicy hops, light pine, citrus notes, roasty malt, and rye notes.
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is brown black with a kahki frothy head that dissipates to a film. Aroma is burnt malt with a solid bitter nose. Taste again burnt roasted malt and gritty dirty bitter hops that come off piny. Palate is rather thin and lacking in body but finishes nice chaulky dry. I really like this style, but this one needed a little something to be awesome.
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Burnt malt and hop aromas. Astringent hop flavors and charcoal. Light bodied. Overall burnt and bitter.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber. Pours a light brown/dark mahogany with an off white head. Dirty, over ripened fruit, earthy hops and roasted malt on the aroma. Over roasted malt, astringent espresso like bitterness, and a watery body follow. Thin, flabby, and not pleasant. Blarguh!