DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a newly acquired Old Hickory pint glass. Enjoy before September 2011, so this is a fresh one.
4.5 A: Pours black. Two fingers of creamy tan head with very good retention and tons of lacing.
4.0 S: Smells more like a hoppy porter than a black IPA. Anyway, this starts out with a light roasty burntness then the hops kick in and add citrusy and earthy components. Subtle chocolate notes worth well with the citrus giving the impression of orange flavored chocolate. Not bad.
3.5 T: Like every other black IPA Iíve had, the flavors compete instead of complement. Good bit of roastiness to start again with a light burntness. Subtle chocolate and caramel notes. Hops are strengthy and contribute citrus with emphasis on orange. Slightly more than moderate bitterness. Roasty aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit lighter in body than Iíd like. Could also be creamier.
3.5 D: Not bad for the style (which is one I canít get into). Iím not sure if Iíll ever love drinking a black IPA, but Iím not going to give up just yet. There has to be some combination out there that will please me.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-18-2011 22:35:42
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber received in a trade with McNuts. Thanks again Keith! Best by 7/11.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 1.5 finger frothy light beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing.
Roasted malt aroma with lots of earthy hops and subtle citrus notes. Hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal and caramel along with earthy pine and citrus rind. A bit malty for my preference but standard for the style.
Medium bodied with a blast of dry and bitter earthy hops that linger throughout over the deep roasted malt flavor into a long dry finish. The hop presence is much more prominent than the aroma suggest with lots of dry earthy pine flavor and subtle citrus notes. Very dry and bitter with slight sweetness to balance things out. This is balanced by a deep roasted malt profile with hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal, caramel, toffee and coffee/espresso bean. Very complex and well balanced and although it has plenty of roasted malt it is still plenty hoppy and can still be considered an IPA. Complex and easy to drink with a well masked ABV.
douglas88 (6251) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Spencer. Pours a dark brown color with a medium grey head. the aroma is sweet citrus and pine. the flavor leans more toward a porter; sweet roast and coffee, rich bitter fruity hops, pine and lingering zingy bitterness on the palate. Nice. Very drinkable.
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 (2211) - 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 (2796) - 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 (3063) - 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!