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 (2400) - 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 (7125) - 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.
ChainGangGuy (4366) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
22 ounce bottle - $6.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark brown body with a tall, well-frothed, tan head.
Smell: Hop Noir smells of a vicious degree of roastiness, beyond roastiness, even, to intensely burnt, cauterized malt. Not just kilned, but killed. Underscored by meek hints of pine and citrus to timid to tackle the still-smoldering maltiness.
Taste: Beings immediately with a strong, sharp roastiness, with an unpleasantly acrid tar-like taste. Low sweetness. Sadly, subtler tones of chocolate or coffee are totally squelched by the astringency. Fire-scorched pine bark and citric citrus fruits are present, though enveloped in the roast, as is a bitterness, which only serves to compound the astringent quality of the beer. The a dash of spirits. Woof. Lingering burnt char on the tongue beyond the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: Those black malts sure can be a harsh mistress. The bottle immodestly described it as being "delectable," though I found it hardly even drinkable.
kassner (1349) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is on tap at Mad Mex. True black IPA, much more emphasis on the hops rather than an impoerial Stout, Dry hops but lots of resin and tar. Not quite a Storm King but good.
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Zynís in Calgary. After having had the BC Collaboration Black IPA the day before, I was underwhelmed. Thick roast, but this is on the mildly astringent side. Above average bodied, very black. Not as integrated with the hops and roast that I would like.Not tremendously drinkable, and strong carbonation.
jrallen34 (3480) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Alex for this... Pours a nice black color, a decent light tan head... The nose is a little light, cascade, lots of hop, a bit of ash... Soapy but has a nice malt balance, too bitter
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[3730-20110513] 1pt6floz body. Rich toasted malt aroma. Black body with a long-lasting creamy mocha head. Bitter roasted grains and boozy malt flavour. Full body. Something about it strikes me as odd, maybe too much roast. (7/4/6/3/14-) 3.4
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, HogTownHarry, jerc)
unclemattie (4167) - Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, Foil wrapped, Twist-off. (Why put foil on a twist-off?) Very dark, black color, thick tan head. Awesome lacing coming off of the full cream. Instant scent of pine hops. Even from the empty bottle. The result of a nice dryhopping. Other aromas under the pine are burnt roasted barley, some molasses, and a zest of grapefruit. Wooded hops bitterness is the dominating character along with some burnt tire rubber, distant is the malt flavors. Basic chocolate and black patent malts. Burnt, charred, and roasted. Finishes with an obscene amount of licorice bitterness. HARSH bitterness from start to finish. Malt backbone adds a full bodied texture, you donít see it past all of the hop.
anders37 (16584) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy aroma. Roasted malty hoppy bitter piney licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter finish with hints of pine needles and licorice.