corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very dark brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with faint mahogany edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with a nice balance of earthy and citrus hops. At first the malt overpowers the nose with hints of chocolate, coffee bean and licorice but as it warms the hops become more apparent. Hints of earthy pine along with some grapefruit and lemon peel.
Medium bodied with a good balance of dry, bitter, earthy hops and deep roasted malt. There’s a blast of bitter earthy hops up front with hints of soil and pine which is countered by some sweet citrus. The citrus character isn’t as strong as the nose suggests with faint hints of grapefruit and citrus rind. The dryness from the hops is complimented by the deep roasted malt flavor. Hints of coffee bean, dark chocolate, burnt toast and licorice.
Overall this was okay but not the best of the style. Decent balance but the hop profile is one dimensional and the malt presence is a bit heavy for my liking.
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of pine, orange peel, chocolate, grapefruit, and roast. It pours a dark brown with some red tinted transparency when held to the light with a one finger khaki head that leaves behind some thin sporadic webbing for lacing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and a touch of nuttiness. The finish has pine, roast, and grapefruit. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall...solid, but this might be the epitome of the hoppy Porter being classified as a Black IPA.
italianjohn (2907) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour ruby hue small beige head .... aroma of roasted malts, lots of sugar, citrusy and resiny hops .... taste is sugary which is a problem with all of their ipa’s, resiny and citrusy hops lightly piney with roasted malts ends with a dry roasted finish
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks for this series ty, fun stuff! pours dark brown with an off white head. the aroma and finish are both liek a lot of other black ipas, very astringent and harsh with burnt dry malts, not my thing. the actual taste and body on this one though are surprisingly good. getting some fruity cutrus notes upfront, some grassier stuff in back. not bad.
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 I’ve had. Fantastic.
msante79 (2224) - 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 I’ve had better black IPA’s.
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 (9999) - 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; haven’t 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 (3270) - Idaho, 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.