chicowv (453) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle: Pours a light black with a little light seen through. Nice brown head. Citrus hop aroma but I had a cold and could not smell very well. Smooth, malty and fizzy on the tounge. Good citrus and pine hop with a malty balance. Nice but nothing too special.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: May 18, 2011
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, sticky lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma, lots of citrus hops
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, touch of black malt bitterness, plenty of hops, nice citrus, caramel sweetness
Overall: too heavy on the black malt
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A exaggeratedly roasted dark ale with restrained hopping. Lame.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh 2 weeks after purchase
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head receding to a thin layer of foam
In long: Nose is highly roasted, burnt stuff, a bit of citrusy hops. This wonít be a hop bomb. Taste is more of the same. Grainy burnt malts that pile up and get a bit chalky, flour, light notes of rubber, wood ashes, burnt toasts. Discreet fruity hops that with a signature that is citrusy and also add a strange breakfast apple juice flavor. Body feels a bit empty. Low complexity and fortunately low intensity. This beer is not really offensive, it is not tasty enough be offensive. It is just lame and poorly executed. I like drinking a beer from Peak Organic once a year, it really makes me appreciate not drinking it the rest of the year.
AirForceHops (2720) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from local market. Enjoyed 18 Oct 2011. Used a pint, dark brown with light tan head. Some retention. Roasted malt nose with some citrus. Notes of licorice, burnt malt, chocolate, bitter pine hops. Medium body, low carbonation. Itís ok. I picked up a lot of pine resin. Which Iím not a fan of. Still decent.
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown body with a creamy tan head and only a shade of translucency when held up to a light. Aroma of strong roasty malt, bright grassy and earthy hops and a touch of caramel sweetness. Full-bodied; Pungent roasty malts with a lot of body, a big hop bite with grassy and grapefruity earthiness and a long lasting, bitter and slightly sweet finish. Aftertaste lasts quite a while - very strong and very heavy bodied for the style. Deep sweetness runs long, but the fresh hops show off well, too. Overall, a nice and strong Black IPA that is almost more of a hoppier Baltic Porter to me, with a strong hoppy note kind of overshadowed by the rich body, strong alcohol and large format bottle. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 04-July-2011 for US$5.99 sampled at home in Washington on 18-September-2011.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. thanks to porterhouse for this extra... pours an almost stouty black pour with reddish brown edges and topped a fluffy light beige head that is semi-quick to dissipate... aroma is chalky with chocolate notes and strong, semi-harsh phenolic hoppy notes... flavors are much of the same with an odd sourness that develops on the backend to go along with the cocoa, ash, and abrasive hop overtones. smooth bodied but off flavors to go along with the unexpected off sour notes.
mcox90 (1465) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from the local Market Basket. Pours black with a 1 finger mocha head that never completely recedes. Good lacing. Roasted malt nose with coffee and chocolate notes. Thereís a hint of hops in the scent, but just a hint. Flavor starts with an acrid bitterness that mellows a bit as you get into it. Some sweetness shows itself along with some citrus notes. Medium in body with a good level of carbonation. Tasty enough to get again and reasonably priced at $4.99.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Peak Organic Hop Noir is a brownish black ale with a brown sugar colored head thatís smooth and dense, lasts forever and covers the glass with solid sheets of foam. It has a bold citrus aroma that is a lot like mandarin orange or tangerine. There is a hint of roast to it, like coffee. Itís pretty full bodied, smooth and foamy. The finish is pretty dry and a little acidic. It leaves the teeth feeling a little gritty. It has a pretty bold flavor thatís quite bitter and a little sweet. Flavors of mandarin orange, toffee, dark chocolate and pine resin mingle through the taste. Both the citrus flavor and the roasty, almost ashy, flavor linger well after the swallow. This is pretty richly flavored, so itís not really for chugging, but I donít let that stop me. Iím a big fan of this style and these guys did a good job with it. Itís a little palette blowing, so donít have it before dinner.
jimhilt (2377) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours three finger tan head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is burnt coffee with a long lingering burnt coffee after taste. $5.49 for a 22 oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a short-ish lived khaki head. The aroma picked up roasty black malts and a whole hefty dose of fresh, green hops (pine resin led).. tangy on the back of the nose, with enough sweet, complementary malts there too. The flavor opened with tangy pine bitterness, with semi-sweet molasses and black patent maltage rolling in shortly afterward.. if the malts were more interesting, this wouldíve really worked, as I dug the way the pine worked.. still tasty stuff. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with very good balance.. good one.