KyotoLefty (6145) - 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.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate syrup, coffee), moderately hoppy (resin), with a note of pineapple juice.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, oily/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Surprisingly sour and it has a strange oily/slick/coating mouthfeel...very unpleasant to drink. On top of that, the aroma is really simple and not enticing. Very disjointed and aimless, kind of like the dump-bucket beer at an IPA-and-stout tasting. Weird.
arminjewell (5994) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour was dark brownish black with off white head, aroma brought notes of pine, grass, some toffee and caramel, hints of roast along with a sweetness from the citrusy notes. Taste is a mix of grapefruit, grass and pine bitter notes, some sweet toffee, caramel, roast and chocolate, finishes fairly bitter but smooth. Nicely done.
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked bottle and served in a Duvel snifter, mucho thanks Dave (dcschiller) for the bottle. Basically opaque ’cept for a amber highlight towards the bottom of the snifter, creamy fading head, outstanding lacework upon the glassware. Plenty of herbal, resiny, piney, and dank hops on the nose, Hopalicious! Also more than a full force of dark charred, sweet chocolate, and roasty toasted malts too. Peppery and clove esters, leather, tar, tobacco, minerals, and dirt, yea dirt works here.
I am sure there is no way the flavor profile could match that nose... well damn it anyway, it not only matched the aroma it beat it! Crisp and dank resiny hops kick your face in and then the smooth beat of the malts caress you into wanting more hop abuse. Boozy, yep. Astringent yep. Take no prisoners, yep. Not for the weak minded, yep. I completely dig this brash, aggressive, beer. A tour de force of charred malt and dank resiny PNW hops. Okay, I just raved about Terrapin Capt’n Krunkles... well this rocks it out even more, now my #2 Black Ipa. Shiz., I am shocked by Odell honestly. I would have never guessed they had this brew in them. Well I am happy they did!
Glouglouburp (5938) - 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 didn’t do it for me. I drank the full 750ml by myself even if I didn’t like it all that much, I don’t want to brag but I’m getting very good at drinking disappointing 750ml bottles by myself and being extremely lonely.
BVery (5937) - 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.
douglas88 (5789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a pure black color with a huge thick beige head (actually we left this in the freezer for too long and it was pretty unsettled due to this). The aroma is a light roast and some citrus hops. The flavor is dominated by a nice earthy and dry roasted malt. Some rich caramel and citrus malts, lingering bitterness. Nice. Very easy to drink.
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 12 oz, dégusté au Mondial de la Bière 2012 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur d’houblons résineux avec une pointe de céréales grillées. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons résineux avec une pointe de céréales grillées et de café. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #4396)
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of roast chocolate caramel and pine resiny hops. Pours black tan creamy head and nice lace. Flavors of chocolate caramel and roasted malts slightly oily and hoppily acidic. Pine resin moderate hop bitterness. Mostly rather balanced and drinkable. Solid.
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours a very dark brown color with a huge tan head. The aroma has a lot of pine and resin notes, with some darker malt thrown in. The flavor is very similar, with the strong pine and resin notes from the hops really coming through strong. There is also some chocolate and lightly roasted malt, as well as some cream and a low amount of bitterness. There is also a slight medicinal flavor, but I can’t pick out what it is caused by. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.