Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Downtown Wine & Gourmet, Harrisonburg, VA, opened 1/10/11. Pours a dark brown color with a medium light brown creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, nutty notes and earthy bitter hops. The taste is citrus hops, caramel, lightly roasted malts. Medium bodied. Pretty good.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap. very drinkable refreshing black ipa. not complex or anything crazy but a nice crisp beer.
frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looking at it, you can tell why they named it the Black IPA; it is an opaque black with a little bit of tan head. Hops define the aroma, giving is a sharp citrusy smell, accompanied by hints of spices. Taste has a soft bitter kick in the middle that lingers for a long finish. The medium body is slick, and as the weak head indicates it doesn’t have much carbonation. Overall a great, warm, beer for the winter that stands out from other seasonals.
TURDFERGUSON (4020) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dirty, poop water brown with a small sudsy light tan head that fades. Nose is pretty weak, some hops and roasted hops but neither is too pronounced or well rounded. Flavor is a bit more existent, yet still lacking the finesse of some of the better examples of the style. Slightly watery and astringent mouthfeel and finish.
emacgee (4367) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark black with some light on the edges. Nose is green and hoppy, definitely hoppy. ind of off with a mild coffee character. Flavor kind of falls short, astringent palate. Green and grassy with lots of bitterness. Note much dark grain character save for maybe the astringency. Bleh
MrBunn (2561) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Body is almost black with a thin beige head. Aromas are reminiscent of a little chocolate mixed into that flowery smelling soap that your crazy aunt always had in her wallpapered bathroom you used when you visited her house on holidays. As it warms a bit, a light pine aroma helps diminish my dismay at the flowery mess and the chocolate picks up steam as well. Still, my hopes are that this is the true nature of the beast, not that god-awful first impression. Flavor is a revelation and my prayers have been answered. Chocolate and slightly stinging pine and resin dominate, with just a bit of aunt Millie’s soap at the very end, but you can chose to almost completely ignore it if you want. It still comes across as a bit washed out at times, but this is pretty decent stuff and I would gladly have another.
Earlier Rating: 11/8/2010 Total Score: 3.5
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a frothy tan head and aromas of pine and very light chocolate. Flavor is a pretty mild mix. The dark malt and piney hops are good, but there is an odd sweetness that is pretty floral (and I’m talking about hibiscus and rose here) that washes things out a bit. Solid, but not great.
Maverick34 (2556) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught from Spring Lounge. Poured a subtle dark, not a lot of head. Nice roastiness and hoppiness. I really like this style.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with some tan head. Aroma is hoppy, grassy and herbacious. A bit of malt on the palate but was expecting a bit more, also some more grassy hops. A bit too grassy and not enough malt to balance it out in my opinion, not too bad though.
jb (2483) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, thick staying head, clingy full retention. Nose is floral and citrus hop notes. Same hits on first taste + coffee, creamy feel. Tart. Decent beer.
Beerdedone (2933) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at st/line tasting 12-9-10. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of pine&citrus hops with a hint of coffee and a touch of earthiness. Flavor of coffee, pine, citrus, and some light caramel.