Naka (714) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown color with a small fizz that is light beige. Aroma is strong piney resin with a rich roasty notes. Flavor is very burnt and the hop character doesn’t show through untol very late. Even then, mostly roast flavor. Hop is pretty much there in aroma and bitterness only. Coffee and nutty. Nice creamy body.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a thick creamy tan head. Taste is mostly the roasted malts with a tinge of bitterness at the end. Goes down very easily and a bit thinner than you might expect. All in all, it’s a solid beer, but not very hoppy considering the IPA label.
PhatB420 (718) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A black IPA hey? i just cant come to fully enjoy this beer. A beer, yes, but anything close to an IPA, no. Just cant feel it. A decent black lager yes, very similar to the saranac black forest with maybe a bit more hops. Definately can taste the roastyness of the malt, which runs through this brew with a dictative force. And that is the strong hold of this brew. Its dark, rich, roasty, and full of menacing flavour typically left for black lagers and weak stouts. Solid, but not an IPA
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a clear ruby with a thin tan head, huge citrus aroma, starts and ends bitter with a roasted aftertaste, slick mouthfeel, and medium bodied.
jason (1713) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Porter’s. Nice body and low head. aroma is grassy and malty. Flavor is smooth, nice hoppiness to it.
KixRules (10) - USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black/dark brown with creamy head, off-tan. I smelled a lot of pine and not a lot of citrus...more earthy. I really liked the taste of dark chocolate in the finish with roasted malts. Very enjoyable beer.
jimhilt (2456) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a three finger khaki head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Totally black color, no highlights. Light medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is resin/pine hops that the malts almost balance, ends with a slight bitter aftertaste. $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours brown with a white head. Smells of some resiny hops, metallic. Tastes resiny with some citrus notes and light caramelly hints on the finish.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle from Damon’s) Pours very dark brown with some brown highlights. Two and a half fingers of frothy, whipped tan head that recede somewhat. Aroma of citrus/grapefruit and lighter pine. Mouthfeel creamy, fairly light, lightly pebbly. Droopy, broken lacing. Aroma of sweet and slightly sharp citrusy-grapefruity hoppiness with some pine. No roastiness or malt presence. Just sweet, citrusy hops.
glennmastrange (2400) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate toasted and coffee for the malt, heavy pine, resin and good hydro-pot for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with hints of pepper and cigar ash. Head is large, frothy to fizzy, tan with excellent lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor is moderately to heavily acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation. This Black IPA stands out because of the unique and bold aroma. Could’ve been a bit more complex in the flavor though.