Aubrey (3491) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown with a sweet, chocolaty nose. Smooth, lightly carbonated and soft on the palate. Lots of smooth roast, dark chocolate, tar and sweet milk. Hop aromas are pleasant yet subdued. Hop flavors are moderately bitter, green, grassy and piney. Delicious CDA.
jcwattsrugger (11586) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-pours a rich light brown head that laces and dark brown color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty. Taste is dark malt-roasty/cocoa, some resin hops. Soft.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with Carla. Pours a deep brown/black with tan foam. Smells hoppy with hints of coffee and plenty of roasted malts. Tastes solidly roasty with lots of bittering and floral hops.
skoisirius (1880) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice look into the CDA from Oakshire. Quite roasted up in the front, slight burnt toast almost. Thick, darker, fruity malts swirl into the middle, giving off notes of caramel candy to a certain extent. Finish brings out a well done grapefruit filled pine heaven, that lingers for a decent amount of time. Not as full as some CDA’s, but big flavors and they work well together!
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at CDA at Fizz. This was one of my favorites of the afternoon. Pours a deep brown-black with a tan head. Nose is light cocoa and piney hops, Really reminds me a lot of Alpha Klaus. Very nice nose combining the roast and the hops. On taste, more of the same. Firm bitterness, piney hop flavors. Not much citrus, which works well. The roast lends more of the chocolate notes that work so nicely in this context. A really great beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Northwest Liquid Gold. Dark brown pour rather than pitch black, body flecked with sediment so that it almost looks powdery. Oily legs rather than sticky retention from the medium creamy head. Nose is more bitter and a bit smoky than the citrus I usually expect from the style. Roasted malts definitely outweigh the hops here, making this a bit off the mean in terms of style. Competent and flavorful but not the gold standard.
brianprentiss (677) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very happy with this one, especially on tap, one of the better BIPA’s I’ve had.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle:   Nearly black, thin to moderate light beige head, decent lacing.   Ashy nose, pale hops and roasted malts.   Slight cow pasture.   Really ashy on the tongue, more than I care for.   Seems like a Pale Ale because there isn’t much hop.   Mostly toasted malt, cow pasture, and ash.   Decent body and mouthfeel, even if a little cloying.   Needs more hops, floral, and fruitiness.   Seems more Black Pale Ale, and that doesn’t really work in my book.   Meh...
stchloe (896) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nom nom, black IPAs nom! A wonderful reason to be a Cascadia native, our own brewing style so wonderfully represented hear. Good bitters, complex hop profile that mellows out with the dark malts. Body is heavy notes of chocolate and roasty deliciousness.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
06-Mar-11 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 17-Feb-11 for $4.49 at Whole Foods in Bend, OR) This seemingly difficult style to brew takes just the right balance, and apparently it’s tough to get it right. So many of the Black IPAs on the market are excessively bitter and out of balance, but Oakshire has truly nailed it with O’Dark:30. This beer pours medium-dark brown with translucent, amber-brown edges, and the tan head builds to nearly an inch on the pour before settling to a short, bubbly layer that leaves a dense curtain of lace on the top half of the glass. The flavor is nicely proportioned between malt and hops, with the hops offering pine and earth while the malt shows dark toast, light roast, moderate bitterness, and a noticeable amount of caramely and somewhat chocolaty sweetness, finishing with a gently smoky flavor and a touch of roasted meat. It’s quite delicious, actually, but the real success here is that the combined hoppy and roasty bitterness isn’t over the top, hitting around medium-plus, and the wonderfully toasty malts offer a touch of sweetness to serve as a lovely counterpoint to the bitterness. The nose is a bit less enthralling, but still very enticing, offering an even balance of fresh, piney hops and very toasty malts, but also a slightly grainy, almost corny aroma. The medium-full body seems perfect for the style, carbonation is medium but soft on the palate, and the beer finishes with a cleansing and refreshing dryness. I’ve had a number of Black IPAs from up and down the West Coast, and this beer is one of my favorites. Balanced, delicious, pretty in the glass, I absolutely loved it.