pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, dark brown with ruby tints and a big frothy tan colored head. Floral and citrus hops, a touch of spiciness, toasted, chocolate, caramel malt aromas. Light in body, smooth and clean palate. Chocolate and caramel malt in the flavor, very smooth roastiness - if any - and a light bitterness to balance. One of the best Black IPAs Iíve had. Fantastic.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Binnys Niles. Pours dark brown with a tan head.a
Aromas of pine, citrus, and roasted malts. Flavors of roasted malts, citrus hops, and a bit of pine. Kinda weak for a black ipa.
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown-black with 2 finger thick cream head. Nice, sticky lacing throughout. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, faint coffee and a tinge of hoppy bitterness. Flavor is caramel malt sweetness up front with some piney hops balancing it out. Decent, but Iíve had better black IPAís.
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with caramel colored head.
Aroma is strong floral, resin, earthy.
Taste is bitter.
Palate is full bodied, bitter, mildly fizzy, abrubt finish.
DocLock (8497) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at CAH; havenít had the bomber version as of this rate. Pours dark brownish black with khaki head. Nose is dark malt, mild molasses, resiny hops, nuts. Tastes malty, medium to light on the palate, with subdued resiny hops, notes of molasses and nuts. I love these hatter labels, but still have not found an inherent love of this style.
beernovice39 (3247) - Montana, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a deep dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Scent is roasty and hoppy. Taste is rye, pine and roasty.
sickboy79 (66) - USA - JUL 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the third Black IPA Iíve tried. Iíve always been a fan of the Hatter so I was excited to try this. Coffee and floral notes to the nose. First sip gives a mix of coffee/chocolate malt and nice hop flavor. But, it was more balanced than I expected. I wanted more hops. Neither flavor was strong. Finishes with a nice hop note to the dark chocolate malt. I liked it, and would buy it again.
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 Samís, 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 whatís remaindered).
Wolfenkopf (180) - 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.