Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A brutal and fruity Black IPA. Meh.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed 4 months after it was bottled. Bottle sent to me by tytoanderso, thanks a lot Tyler
The look: Near black body with ruby highlights topped by a medium beige head with low retention
In long: Strong nose is a mix of fruity hops, milk chocolate, fresh prunes and a some black liquorice candy. Taste blends raisins dipped in caramel, fresh prunes, milk chocolate, soft liquorice candy, toffee, fruit cake, alcohol bite. Bitterness level is high and it is also very resinous, and when added to the alcohol burn in the finish it makes for a slow sipper. For what I like in a Black IPA this one was a little too lactic, too much fruitiness and not enough roastiness, excessive alcohol presence, too sticky. This is a style I usually rate highly but this top-rated Black IPA didnít do it for me. I drank the full 750ml by myself even if I didnít like it all that much, I donít want to brag but Iím getting very good at drinking disappointing 750ml bottles by myself and being extremely lonely.
BVery (5983) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottlle. Extremely dark caramel red when held to light. Monster beige pillowy head. Mild aroma of citrus hop. Semi creamy mouthfeel. Very sweet taste of caramel, pine and citrus hop. Hard to describe but fantastic beer.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a foam brown head that sticks around for quite a whileand laces very nicely. Nice Hoppy aroma with herbal and piney notes, along with some malty notes. Full bodied and very smooth with lots of roasted malt and some Hoppy bitterness on the finish. flavorful, complex, and a great balance between Hoppy and malty. This is what a black IPA should be.
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle - poured into a pint glass
AROMA: Hoppy and malty.
APPEARANCE: Pours dark brownish to black. A lot of head on this one that is more on the creamy side in color.
TASTE: Piney hops and roasted malts. The hop taste dominates though.
PALATE: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation with a slightly bitter finish.
OVERALL: A really good Black IPA, this is about the 5th one Iíve had in this style and is near the top IMO (the others Stone Sublimely, Sprecher Black IPA, Lakefront IBA, & Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet).
Nickls (1815) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Travlr. Black-brown body. Grapefruit and citrus hops in the aroma with slight hints of chocolate and roast. Hops are more assertive in the flavor with a nice little burn, followed with chocolate and toast. Medium body, and pretty clean and drier. Nice.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a deep brown body and a long lasting, creamy brown head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, bready malts (sugar cookie), pine and tropical fruit. Flavors are hoppy, fruity, dusty, pine. Columbus in there I think (fruity hop notes that are similar). Dry, lively bubbles.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to Chris, drank from a perfect pint glass.... The beer pours a dark mahoany with a huge light tan head. Great retention, is a looker... Average aroma of a little roast, soapy hops, some pine hops, boring and hops are off... The taste is a little better but not much. Soap is still prominent, with citrus rhine, roast and hops. I donít like the finish or feel on this.
Not a big fan, Iíd pass in the future.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from the Wine and Cheese Place, the Lou. Another excellent, aggressively hopped entry in the MR series, long may it thrive. Big boiling black pour, with a silky body, rocky pale head, and tons of sticky lacing. Intense nose of sharp spice and fruity hops. The taste is definitely more fruity, with just a hint of roasts, making this assuredly an IPA. I found it overall to be really satisfying and complex, nearly at the level of Stone SSR.
soyorganic (281) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice beer. Nice looking black, with a sweet coffee-like aroma. Taste: dark roasted malt notes with a hop bite. More malt that hops. It ends with a coffee, dry hop aftertaste that is nice. I would drink this again.
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL as a Christmas gift. Pours a translucent dark brown with ENORMOUS foamy tan head. Aroma is crushed by the head, but still quite faint after it finally collapses. Hoppy and a bit smoky, the charred body has a subtle chocolate note through chewy malt backbone. Smooth and disturbingly light for a 9.5% beer.