HIGHB4LL (638) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Appearance: three fingers of light brown head, dark brown color, clear, great lacing, lasting head. Aroma: grass, caramel, chocolate, citrus, light vanilla. Palate: medium to full body, sticky texture, average carbonation, lasting mild bitter finish, great lacing. Taste: medium sweetness that lasts for about a second, then breaks and gives way to medium bitterness. Overall, very well balance, pretty unique for a black IPA in my opinion, and just very good.
stevoj (2292) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and bitter, beautiful stiff, but fluffy beige head and clumpy lacing. Dark brown, aroma of pine/hops. Taste hits hard with initial hop bitterness, some dark malts, chocolate, molasses. Light bitterness remains on the palate. nicely done.
KofC (2) - Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
Aroma: Lots of pine, hint of citrus, black licorice, and almost no malt. Smells like a Chinook heavy hop bill.
Appearance: Dark amber with one finger, brown head. Good lacing, head dissipates quickly.
Taste: Piney hop front, with a slight malt body. Medium to heavy sweetness throughout, with a lingering hint of licorice. Pretty mild bitterness for a DIPA, this reminds me more of a hoppy Scotch Ale.
Palate: Good mouthfeel, with just a hint of bitterness.
Overall: Not what I was expecting from a double black IPA. I could see this being a decent desert beer.
BrewMstr (99) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black and hop forward with a milk stout finish. Not as Hoppy as other black IPA’s but good.
AFMcKone (35) - Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark, not much head, bubbly. Taste is surprisingly smooth, solid comprehensive hop profile built upon a good malt roast. Not very strong for a DIPA, and not overpowering like some other blacks. Great beer.
Rocco718 (2) - - JAN 10, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark appearance. Malty flavor comes through more than hoppy flavor. Smooth for a heavy beer.
suprchunk (2322) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite the struggle to get the cork out of this one. As it finally came out I could tell why; no carbonation. Tried to force a head with the pour, but no dice. Black pour. No head. No lacing. Big hoppy aroma up front followed by a very malty aroma. Some notes of raisins and molasses. Taste is quite malty with a very sugary presence. Not bad, but not much of a BIPA. More like a stout with hops.
uhclem (374) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The best DIPA (or any IPA, so far) that I have had. This is a sumptuous, opulent ale that starts with a light pine and citrus nose, develops into a near-perfect blend of malt and hops and finishes hoppy and leaves the mouth begging for more. Hard to believe the ABV, it is so well-hidden. Drink this. Drink it now.
bigcat03 (210) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a snifter, black with a thick tan head; aroma is pine and little else; pine, cedar, a tiny bit of roasted malt up front; a well balanced finish; nice medium-heavy body and carbonation that doesn’t get in the way. An odd beer that I’m reserving final judgements on.
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Light brown head. Promising hop nose. Nice roasty toasty malty hoppy beer. Very good.