jtd6628 (357) - 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 (11904) - 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 (9190) - 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 (4228) - 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 (3211) - 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.
tmongoose (1501) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft at wwbf asheville. the instant aroma of hops and roasted malts jumping out at you. this poured almost black with smallish head. the flavor of those hops was quite good and refreshing. truly becoming a black ipa fan. love the mix of the roastiness of the malts mixed with lots of hops. should have bought a few bottles while there.
ChainGangGuy (4474) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a medium-small, beige head.
Smell: A sharp snap of heady roast of lackluster, burnt coffee, dogged by notes of prune skins, resins, chimney soot.
Taste: An expected opening of roasty tasting roasted malts, but with some accompanying ashy char character. Dovetails into the resiny, soapy, very faintly citrusy floral hops adding its bitterness to the grainy astringency. Dark fruits buried under the roast and hops. A little alcohol showing. Roasty, bitterish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A bit crude and rough around the edges. Though I’ve liked the bulk of Olde Hickory brews I’ve tried this was not one of them.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Got in trade from Phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Aroma of malt, roasting, hops, pine, and resin. Poured very dark brown/very deep orange in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, hops, light chocolate, pine, resin, slight wood, and a slight hint of caramel. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, slight chocolate, hop, pine finish is medium bitter and dry. 7%ABV is completely hidden throughout.