AirForceHops (4079) - 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 (4993) - 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 (3366) - 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 (1644) - 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 (2452) - 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 (7283) - 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 (4489) - 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 (1408) - 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 (9280) - 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.