auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. If I had to name the aroma hop variety, Iíd say Sorachi Ace and Iíd probably be wrong. But it does have that lemony, zesty citrus spritz over some darker malts. Hmmm. Interesting structure. Brash hops give way to a strange tanginess. The hops are grassy, very bitter, and a bit dusty. Thereís some malt body missing, for sure. I think the "black" part of this works, with good color and a little hint of darker malts, but the IPA part is too focused on bitterness and the quality of the hops is poor. Yet, drinkable. A mediocre effort, in my opinion.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice black with a fair cocoa head and a little lace. Aroma is of chocolate roasted malts, hops, some caramel. Nice bitterness, dark flavors, a little chocolate, caramel, roasted malts.
Theis (14464) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle in Hotel Room, NYC. Almost black - white head. Butter, diacetyl, fruity, ok hoppy, ok burned malts, high malty, fatness, sourness. off, off, off.
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2012
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Dark, reddish black with a tan head. The aroma is big ... But I canít quite place it ... Vanilla? Root beer? This drinks with a distinct phenolic bite, over-the-top, really. Thereís other bits of chocolate and burnt malt, but this just more unpleasant as I go. Odd. (#4516, 3/6//2012)
TheJestersBeer (2256) - SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours pitch black, brown head.
Roasted, malty aromas, chocolate, slightly phenolic, quite hoppy, but lacking the real punch Iíd expect.
Dry, medium to full bodied, high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Roasted, slightly smokey, ashy taste, chocolate, coffee beans, mint, tar, moderately hoppy. More of a stout than a BIPA.
RyanK (251) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle serving: Pours a deep black with a foamy brown head. Light shows through the dark brew and plenty of carbonation is visible. Smells of pine hops and maybe some cascade hops as well with roasted malt. Tastes of hops and descent carbonation, hops are strong at first but subside to just make a very drinkable black IPA. It is 8.2% abv and the hops and roasted malt balance it out. Finishes with the bitter, roasted malt taste and leaves some carbonation on the tongue. Solidly very good.
scarletfire65 (1106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted at NYC Craft Beer Festival. Great nose of vanilla, floral hops, green herbs. Flavor was a let down compared to the nose. Roasty, bitter, astringent acidic. High carbo and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor was harsh overall.
sonnycheeba (4232) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with thin creamy, beige head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, sugar, caramel malt, earthy hops, and licorice. Flavor is sweet malt forward with medium hops and dark fruit esters; dry, semi-sweet finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black body with tan head. Smells weird. I donít know if thatís the organicness of this beer. Just a mouthful of organic randomness.
tia (1239) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very dark with foamy mocha head and decent lacing. Medicinal aroma plus butter plus sweet. Tastes lightly roasty plus a very clean dry bitterness and a bit of astringency. Very light with a fairly long dry finish.