b3shine (7956) - Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; black with lacing. Smells solid; malty and hoppy. Tastes like a roasted porter, but maybe the bottle is old. Still god, but not hoppy - at all.
jcos (1779) - Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle on May 8th, 2012.
Appearance:Pours black with red head.
Aroma: Aroma is mostly roasted malt.
Taste: Medium high bitterness, roasty, some malt, more bitter leaning.
Palate:Medium body, smooth.
Summary: An interesting black IPA that is more aggressive hop-wise in balance than others.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Originally reviewed: 8/2/10. Had this new offering from OHB on tap at City Bev in Winston. Came out a creamy black with a wispy tan head on top. Decent retention. Left some light lacing on the glass edge. Scents of freshly-ground hop pellets, pine, and just a hint of roastedness.
The mouth is smooth and firm. Decent carbonation level. Not too filling, though it’s thick in appearance. Great hoppy bitterness in this hybrid beer. Nothing harsh, just a crisp bite that finishes smooth and creamy. Light burnt flavor on the backend. I sipped this I walked the store lusting over all of the beer I couldn’t buy. Easily drinkable. Recommend.
jtd6628 (361) - North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok beer. Aroma is sweet hops and bread. The taste is bitter roasty and hoppy.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Poured black with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma was heavily roasted malt, some slight smoke. Flavor was quite bitter from roast and hops. Medium mouthfeel. Standard for style, I suppose.
bhensonb (13823) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours dark brown with a 3 finger creamy/foamy tan head. Aroma is roast malt, tingling hop and chocolate in that order. About med body. Flavor is bitter burnt malt, chocolate and floral/citrus/earthy hop in that order. It’s doing a bit of ring lacing, and the hop stands out firmly in the finish. Very nice.
Sammy (10882) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent example of style, though over-representing roasted character. Thick black pour with lots beige head, significant lace left down the glass. Above average mouthfeel, some smoke in aroma and taste. As big roasty, not for everybody. I liked it now, maybe not as much in the hot summer.
burg326 (5264) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle pours a black color with aromas of earthy/floral hops, roast, grapefruit, and a touch of caramel. Flavor is much the same where roasted malt is in the front, gfapefruit in the middle followed by some bitter hops.
SpringsLicker (3414) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very dark chestnut brown - deep garnet highlights.
Tall, long lasting, sticky light tan head.
Light roast malt aroma.
The flavor is light roast malt, dry dusty palate.
This is ok, but i’d rather have either the IPA or the Stout or Porter. Black IPA still seeks it’s niche.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from JCB, thanks Jason! Pours a very deep brown, almost black colored body with a finger-width, dense, creamy and frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of pretty lacing. Aroma is really solid with lots of juicy citrus florals and earthy hops as well as some pine resins. A nice roast comes in behind the hops with a solid caramel and light chocolate malt backing. Flavor has more earthy hops and a roasted bitterness up front before a good amount of citrus florals comes in. Some pine resins and juicy grapefruits with a light-moderate caramel and cocoa malt backing. Finishes roasty, earthy, and moderately bitter with some juicy citrus florals, light pine resins, and some dankness to the hops. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a soft, creamy and frothy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid Black IPA. I liked the aroma a bit more than the flavor, but this had a good balance between harder roasts, juicy citrus florals, earth, resiny pines, and enough of a malt backing that kept everything together. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Nice beer.