KyotoLefty (7337) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose of chocolate, light coffee, berries, lightly phenolic, fudge. Cloudy black with lace. Sweet and chocolaty, berries, light roasting, some alcohol and a bit of soy. nice fudge.
HIGHB4LL (823) - 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.
NachlamSie (2918) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint at the Pepsi Center. Yes, the Pepsi Center. Let me acknowledge that Denver is amazing because the arena that hosts three major league teams has this beer among many other local crafts available. This was supposed to be a 12 oz pour, but the bartender didn’t get the memo. We got a nice deep, dark pour with a frothy tan head. Aroma is crystal clean with roasty, chocolatey malts, even some coffee hints; all highlighted by pine and grapefruit. The palate is thick and full, conveying the malty goodness perfectly. Hops cut through like a knife with straightforward PNW goodness. It’s basic grapefruit/pine but so good. Finish is roasty, chocolatey, then bitter hops come out. This is an excellent example of the style.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] Nearly black in color with a rocky light brown head. Heavy aroma of pine sap and dark roasted malts. Taste include a ton of pine and moderate amount of citrus. Licorice, charred wood, ash and bitter chocolate round out the flavor profile. Sticky, with a heavy lingering bitterness. Solid. Tasting notes from 11/2011.
maekchu (2607) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Zipp’s Liquors. Dark chocolate nose, a bit phenolic, and lots of fumes. Medium dark translucent brown with a fine tan head. Light chocolate initial, heavy bittering, and in final the choco diminishes. Not much else. Medium-heavy body. Okay. A bit mild mannered for a double.
BrewMstr (119) - 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.
stevoj (2725) - 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.
slowrunner77 (6722) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"12 ouncer from a 4-pack. after Stone SSR and 15th AV, I don’t think any other black ipa hangs with this bad boy. had it before bringing in the chrostmas tree...and they smelled the same! well, maybe a little more roast in the beer, but you get the idea. the hops used blended expertly with the dark malt to create a rich, piney brew, with roasted barley, licorice, chocolate, and an overall feeling of joy towards fellow man in the background. Similar to Deschutes Hop in the Dark but bigger. DEElicious. Between a 4.3 and a 4.4! Tasted damn fresh too!"
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.