jormes (1) - paducah, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
By far the best Black IPA Iíve ever tasted. I hate that I canít find more of it. :) :)
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
unclemattie (4136) - 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)
maxwelldeux (3502) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very interesting. Pours an extremely dark brown with a moderate head. Subtle nose to it, with just some hints of hoppiness. Good level of hops in the taste thatís balanced out so as not to be harsh. Great find.
finn1918 (193) - Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep red that appears black in the glass with a good 3 fingers of light tan head. Aroma is somewhat weak for the style, but typical roast and piney, soapy hops. Taste is weak for the style, but sweet and very drinkable. Moderate bitterness on the finish. Palate is somewhat foamy and light; a little too carbonated and could stand to be thicker. Overall, this is an okay black IPA at a reasonable price, but there are better examples of the style out there.
mikedR (1104) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Interesting black IPA. Prototypical roasted notes, but surprisingly there's some chocolate going on as well, with accompanying sweetness. Quite smooth and very drinkable, but limited hops other a slight bitterness infusing the base malt. I would call this one more of a hoppy porter than a black IPA. As the latter, B; as the former, A-; overall B+.
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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.
nearbeer (3631) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml. 2013 vintage. Black with a thick spongy foam that slowly settles to a lasting eighth inch. Nose is dark toffee with notes of molasses, chocolate, resin, citrus, cherry and plum. Flavors of dark caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, resin, orange, and dark fruits. Light-medium body is watery with a light astringency from the evergreen in the finish. At first had too much fizz for me, but shows a nice balance and drinkability. With possibly up to a year in the bottle, the hops have certainly diminished a bit, but theyíre still noticeable. At this age, it tastes like a "session" version of Bigfoot and thereís not a thing wrong with that.
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler poured into a Tulip. Pours black with a small off-white fizzy head. The aroma is not much, a little bit of roast followed by a hint of citrus hops. Taking the first drink the first thing you taste is grapefruit hops. There is a slight coffee/roast finish as it goes down, but the finish is quite bitter with a citrusy finish that lasts along time once the beer is gone. As you drink it there is excellent lacing but no head. The body is medium with a creamy texture and soft carbonation.
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.