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 (5785) - 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
Haven’t 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 (2210) - 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 Mac’s 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 IPA’s, but still pretty good.
NachlamSie (2721) - 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 Brawley’s. It seems that Olde Hickory has been getting their act together on the new brews I’ve 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. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tasty, but the malt character falls a little short of some other black IPA’s I prefer. There is good PNW hop character, but doesn’t completely explode. There is a fair amount of roastiness, but it comes across like instant coffee and the body isn’t quite as full as I’d like for the style. The finish is quick. Having griped and nit-picked enough, I must state my pleasure in drinking this one. It’s 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 there’s nothing to really make it stand out from other black IPAs.
smith4498 (2980) - 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 TJ’s, 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 (2514) - 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 don’t do much.