arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to JCB, pours dark brownish black with creamy tan head. Aroma has the usual CDA notes, with lots of roast, coffee, toffee, some pine and grass in there, touch of chocolate as well. Taste is very smooth and balanced, leaning more towards the porter/stout side than the IPA side, which is fairly rare in this category in general. Nice roast, toffee, coffee and chocolate mixing fairly well, some hints of bitter pine and grass, finishing fairly bitter, some from the hops and some from the roast. Nice brew overall.
tia (1621) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with thin tan head. Smells: roasty, cherry (fake cherry), brandy, cotton candy. Tastes: smoked, bitter, dry. Very light on the palate. Nice long dry finish.
Shag (2789) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The appearance on this one was black with a beige head. The aroma contained some chocolate, coffee, lemons, and grapefruit. The citrus dominates the flavor more than the stout qualities so. Some orange and grapefruit and coffee in the background. Overall pretty good but I’m almost over the whole Black IPA fad.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Shag at the Suttree Appreciation Day. Pours brown, with no head to speak of. Odd aroma - grape, coffee, and some burnt toast. Flavor is pretty straight forward Black IPA (I guess...) - coffee and burnt notes, then a decent hop bitterness.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at a tasting at Suttree’s. Pours blackish brown with beige head. The aroma is molasses, maple syrup, strong fruity hoppiness, a little bit of grapefruit and keffir lime. The flavor is citric American hops, some charred wood, and a nice tannic bitterness. Straightforward but tasty.
j12601 (9526) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this during the 2011 Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a deep black with a thin beiged tan head. Coffee, roast, citrus hops. Chocolate and roast, chocolate, long grapefruit bitterness. Roast, chocolate and long bittern grapefruit on the finish.
GT (9933) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL at Shenandoah Throwdown. Pour is a deep cola topped by a huge, dense coffee head with massive retention and giant lacing. Nose is fresh, black pepper, small roast, maple, and mild grapefruit hops. Taste is chalky, extremely nutty bitter, with tart lemon in the back. Metallic and biting on the palate at first giving way to an onslaught of nutty bitterness. Walnut and Brazil nut with earthy bitterness. Not bad.
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, dark brown/black, with a dense yet foamy chocolate-milk-colored head that clings to the glass. The aroma is hop forward, with characteristics of pine and fruity citrus. The flavor is more complex, with an almost ashy roasted malt character that builds on the bitterness provided by the fresh and lively hops. The result isn’t a powerful bitterness, though, but rather is more of a dull, lingering ache on the tongue. The light carbonation doesn’t get in the way but simply helps things glide along.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from the brewery opened 4/13/11. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized cream tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and bitter hops. The taste is bitter citrus and earthy notes with chocolate. Medium bodied. Decent.
anders37 (22307) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Hickory Hops 2011, Hickory, NC. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a slightly roasted malty hoppy bitter piney aroma. Roasted malty chocolate flavor with with bitter hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter finish.