MrBunn (2510) - 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 (1505) - 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 (3530) - 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.
TheBeerGod (5347) - 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 (1961) - 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!
flatmatt (1162) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pours very deep red with a light tan head. Pine and herbal hop aromas against a nutty, roasty malt background. Flavor has pine and citrus with roasted, smoky malts. Kind of tastes soggy, if that makes sense. Just doesn’t work out for me. Somewhat disappointing.
milewide (1580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost black color. Medium body and head. Muted, roasted malt addition seems to cover some hop flavor and bitterness.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black with a fully receding tan head. Notes of light hop resin, black malt, citrus and grapefruit. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.