vyvvy (4568) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a crimson hue and a sturdy tan head. The aroma has roasty malt, tropical fruit-esque hops, light citrus, some fund and a bit of cream. Medium smooth body that turns crisp and sharp with fairly sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with roasty malt, earth (hops? malt?), some spice and a bit of woodiness. The finish is rustic and earthy. This is a good beer, but not exactly hoppy like you’d expect from a black IPA.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a tan head. This was the lightest black IPA I think I have had. Light bitterness and roast, but also light hops. Okay - but nothing amazing.
zach8270 (3794) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black pour with a thin tan head. Very floral and citrusy aroma with some nice bitter hop hints. Hoppy and bitter at the start with a very heavy floral middle. Some light sweetness in the middle as well with a heavy bitter and lingering finish. Nice hoppy and flowery aftertaste.
gsmitty80 (1960) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty standard black IPA. Not too much bitterness but not too much of anything.
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 (1781) - 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 IlliniSmitty’s 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 (4010) - 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 ipa’s. 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, it’s not very black at all.
MrBunn (2535) - 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, it’s 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 that’s about it. Flavor is similarly disappointing. It’s 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 (1589) - 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 (3673) - 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. It’s 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.