RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark brown. Lots of head. Nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Hoppiness is strong without a ton of bittering on the palate. Really enjoyable brew.
RSRIZZO (1850) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle corked and caged poured onto a Tulip at 41°. Color is black, a hint of maroon showing when held up to a light. Carbonation is good producing a big tan head. Aroma is big on the hops with a back note of roasted malt. The bold medium body has a smooth mouth feel with a slight fizziness. Flavor jumps out with a deep roasted taste of coffee and chocolate then a bit of floral hops comes in followed by a mellow bitterness. In the after taste the hops turn from floral to a very light citrus and the bitterness comes up giving it a slightly dry feel. This brew rocks, it may be the best Black IPA I have had so far. Its amazingly complex and rich yet very drinkable. Its only down fall is the $13.50 price tag, if it was a little less I would drink it everyday.
tennisjoel (1161) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting. Black body with a huge off white head, which literally took over 3 minutes to settle down. Very unique and interesting aroma with hops, vanilla, and other hard to describe notes. The hops are a bit muted for my tastes, but I think this is a good beer. It definitely doesn’t taste like any beer (including black IPA) that I’ve tried up to this point. A bit of a floral hop flavor, soapy texture. Slightly odd but not bad. Aroma beats the flavor.
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured at the Beer blogger conference for the speed blogging
Great aroma dark malts floral hops. Flavor was rich with roasty malt and hops with fruit and floral character. This had a wonderful finish a great Dark IPA for me.
DalzAle (1965) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Very dark brown/black pour, lots of carbonation and a roasted malt and orange aroma. Flavor is creamy orange, bitter coppery hops, vanilla and finishes with a lingering spicy finish. Not a huge fan of the style, but this was pretty good.
daknole (8914) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome! Grapfruit peel, citrus notes, floral hops, roasted malt, light cocoa! Flavor is hoppy and roasty. Grapefuit peel up front, roasted malt, light coffee, good malt bill. Nice.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a midnight black with a large fluffy head, that subsides to about 1/8 inch of creamy beige foam.
Aroma: Big herbal hops, medium roast, sassafras.
Taste: Chocolate malt,big herbal hops. roast, big abrasive bittering hops.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with lively carbonation.
Overall: A unique roasty black ale. This came across as more like a big porter or stout as opposed to a double IPA with color.
phaleslu (6281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Randall’s. Pours a very dark brown color with a big, sticky tan head. Aroma of piney hops, grapefruit citrus, peppery spices, roasted malts, toasted sugar, and cream. Flavor is essentially the same, with a nice balance of earthy hops and roasted malts. Medium-bodied, with a roasty mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation. Good black IPA, tried back-to-back with the Grand Teton Trout hop and rated the same.
drfabulous (3848) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750. Not what I expected from a black IPA. Big grapefruit taste and aroma. That alcohol aroma as well is tempered by some creamy stout like taste. Some of that roasted malt coming through. Very nice and tasty. Better than any black IPA I’ve had.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled--once i got the cork out it poured dark brown with tight lasting head. aromas of toast, pine and citrus rind. flavors are similar. it is moderately bitter with hop presence. medium bodied black ipa with a lingering sense of hops and burnt malt. pretty decent beer.