Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Havenít had too many black IPAs so this is difficult to rate. I find the mixture of a stout and IPA to be very enticing. As an IPA, however, I believe the hop bitterness needs to be more prominent than they are in this brew. Outside of being somewhat malt-centric, this is a very nice and enjoyable beer if you forget about it as an IPA.
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Macís Speed Shop. Pours very dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of pine, some citrus, some roast, and caramel. Flavors of piney hops, bit of citrus, some earthy notes along with some caramel. Nicely balanced black IPA.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2011
3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of citrus, light roasted malt, cocoa, and resinous hops. Taste is roasted dark malt-cocoa, then the resinous/pine hops with some bite come through and predominately stays, this is more IPA than anything, but the Malt does a nice job balancing out. Not at the top of my list for Black IPAís, but still pretty good.
NachlamSie (3062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Brawleyís. It seems that Olde Hickory has been getting their act together on the new brews Iíve tried from them. This Black Raven smells absolutely great. Good solid grapefruity nose with conifer and a fairly roasty, soy sauce malt thing going on here. I had my hopes high after giving it a whiff, but the flavor is not quite as solid. Donít get me wrong, itís tasty, but the malt character falls a little short of some other black IPAís I prefer. There is good PNW hop character, but doesnít completely explode. There is a fair amount of roastiness, but it comes across like instant coffee and the body isnít quite as full as Iíd like for the style. The finish is quick. Having griped and nit-picked enough, I must state my pleasure in drinking this one. Itís very good, just a little rough around the edges .
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma:Mostly malty, although a little grapefruit and roasted malts.
Appearance:Beer is black with very little head and low apparent carbonation.
Taste:Piney hops provide a decent amount of bitterness. The mid to aftertaste has more roasted notes. The aftertaste is a little roasty and a little bitter.
Palate:Light to medium body. A little creamy.
Overall:This beer is enjoyable enough, but thereís nothing to really make it stand out from other black IPAs.
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle opened on the bus ride to the Hunahpu release. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Citrusy hop aroma with some roasted malts. Roasty flavor with some pine and citrus hops. Medium body with average carbonation. A nice black ipa.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from TJís, Carrboro. This is one of those black IPAs that help you understand why the style is divisive. Me, I like it. Pours nicely frothy, with a thick tan head atop an inky dark brown body (nice mouthfeel, prickly and smooth). Nose of almost exclusively floral hops promises dank deliciousness. But the sharp roasted malts emerge strongly in the taste. For some reason I enjoyed the relative disjointedness of the beer, nose and taste going in such opposite directions, but I can see how others would appraise differently. Oops, almost forgot: Cascadian Dark Ale. Brootal!
PhillyBeer2112 (2679) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown-black. Really nice resiny citrus hop aromatics, light roastiness in the malts but otherwise they donít do much.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, 10th rating for this beer? I figured it was more common than this. 22 oz. bottle. Got it in a trade with emacgee- thanks, Ethan! Pours a cloudy brown color in the middle with clear copper edges and a finger-thick, frothy beige head. Aroma of earthy, citrusy hops, toast, roasted malts, smoked wood, and dank leaves. Flavor of earthy, floral hops, toast, roasted malts, pine, and grapefruit. Medium-bodied, with a roasty, bitter mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Very nice black IPA.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at ODB & bottle from from peabodies. Dark Pour with a thick cascading chestnut colored head and spotty lace. Aroma is mostly bakers chocolate with big piney/citric undertones. Very Nice. Unfortunately this like most other black ipas falls into the astringent category rather than bitter. I wonder if they used husked carafa in some capacity of the malt bill. With that being said I enjoyed this a little better on draft then in the bottle.