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 I’ve ever tasted. I hate that I can’t 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 (4357) - 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)
UncleKorm (1060) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber bottle poured a clear deep brown hue w/ large frothy tan head and thick sticky lacing. Moderate aroma of dark breads and spicy hops. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish of long duration. Tastes are piney hop, dark bread, and caramelized sugar. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, and moderate carbonation.
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maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, 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 that’s balanced out so as not to be harsh. Great find.
finn1918 (229) - 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 (1562) - 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 I’ve had. Fantastic.
nearbeer (4176) - 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 they’re still noticeable. At this age, it tastes like a "session" version of Bigfoot and there’s not a thing wrong with that.
superspak (3415) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, 2014 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice crisp bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.