tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Black with rich mahogany, translucent edges & a foamy, deep-khaki head that retains well on top. Aroma of heavy roast, pine needles, bitter orange peel, faint coffee bean, & some ashy char. Seems decisively more on the porter side of the line than an IPA. Taste follows the same ethos. Notes of char, roast, coffee bean, dry cocoa powder, & faint smoke are in the foreground, with complementing hints of wet pine, citrus peel, & bitter leaves. A little bland when compared to similar beers. This is closer to a hopped up porter than a "black IPA". But then again, isn’t that what a black IPA is? Sharp, almost astringent mouth feel. Decent beer, not great.
northropfrye (2840) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, slight red when held up to the light, some transparency, off white head, some lacing. Nice dry cocoa and hop aroma. Quite a nice smooth palate. Taste is not super bitter, but there’s a nice bitterness. Pretty typical black IPA I would say. Good beer.
czar (6012) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours unclear dark brown, red tint, with a very nice light beige head, good retention and lacing. earthy and coffee notes delayed in a dry chocolate and lightly sweet nutty malt bill, gentle pine needles, resin and citrus, slightly ashy. moderately low carbonation, light body - oily yet quite assertive/bold yet balanced and never harsh bitter coffee-resinous-grassy-dusty-citrusy finish. nice use of malts/hops - not an explosive ipa but it is well crafted - more than your average black ipa. enjoyed!
LearninBeer (426) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is caramel, coffee and a hint of citrus. Pours black with light brown mostly diminishing and excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. Overall pretty good, I’ve had it before and will again.
geologyguy (1038) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
smells like IPA but really light smell that is hard to catch...appearance is black, as expected...flavor is roasted coffee almost exclusively...finishes on the hops side. Nothing positive to say here
Darkmagus82 (2056) - - JUL 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review 8-15-12 -
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a deep-deep brown nearly black color with a small tan head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a lighter level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is a combination of hop and dark malt. The hop aromas are mainly of a citrus nature but are mixed with a nice presence of pine as well, with the malt aroma of brown bread and chocolate.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor of coffee, nut and chocolate mixed with a lighter caramel flavor. While initially the roasted flavors are the alone and heaviest in the taste (although not really “heavy”) they are soon greeted by a surge of some hop flavors. While citrus is the biggest, there are notes of a pine and earthy hop as well. The roasted malt and caramel body at the beginning support the bitter hop flavors rather well.. In the end a roasty and slightly hoppy flavor are left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the light to medium side with the carbonation level being slightly high. A little more body and a little less carbonation would have helped those roasted notes stand out more perhaps, but regardless the feel was not too bad.
Overall – A rather nice roasty and chocolaty flavor with some nice hoppy accents. While not the greatest black IPA it is rather tasty.
Ed5388 (2626) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber from Crossroads Spirits. Pours black with 2 fingers of frothy tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted coffee, old grapefruit, and caramel. Taste of dark chocolate, black coffee, burnt sugar, and rotted grapefruit skins. Not bad for a $4.99 bomber.
BeerInHeaven (277) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bomber. Thanks Shawn! Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is floral pine but with some toasty notes. Taste is fleeting hops at first, then hints of burnt toast and black coffee. Long bitter linger. Slight hop presence. Good beer!
EyeAmBaldman (410) - Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours nearly black with a off white head. Aroma is not hoppy and there are very little hops on the palate. I wanted to like this, but was disappointed. No hops taste in this black IPA.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle, foil wrap. Vintage 2013. Black pour, light tan foam. Herbal hop aroma, seductive resin nose. Nice roast, burnt character, chocolate, mixed berry esters, lingering pine. Finishes with plenty of hop oils. I think this is my favorite Hatter. (4111)