Sammy (9997) - 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 Zyn’s 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 (3500) - 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 (7712) - 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 (4358) - 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 don’t see it past all of the hop.
anders37 (20473) - Malmö, 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.
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foil wrapped screw bottle cap topped bomber (this combination is a first for me, screw top and foil wrapped!) pours dark mahogany with full mocha head. The aroma is a bit disjointed with pine hops, card board, citrus, burnt malts, black strap molasses and spicy anise. Doesn’t smell all that great. The taste begins with an initial mix of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, bitter and bold resiny pine hops and a dash of grapefruit hops. Toward midway the roasty malts are joined by some chocolate and earthiness. The taste is great since I’m in the perfect mood for this. Yum.
puboflyons (2711) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a deep black with a half-inch silky, tan head. The aroma is vibrant with earthy, piney hops and rich, dark malts with a baking chocolate note. The body is medium and glistens on the tongue. There is a bold, dry-hopped bitterness exploding at the end. A nice beer.
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 22 oz achetée chez A Street Liquors (Hull, MA). Arôme: Légère odeur d’houblons résineux. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût d’houblons et de torréfaction. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #3682)
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz from Sam’s, Durham, on the recommendation of BBQ. Glad I took my man up on the tip, because this one is - particularly given its relatively nice price - a pretty good entry in the still extant craze. Oily, inky pour with mild sediment and a big creamy head. Nose of sharp dry hops and anise. Mouthfeel is full, almost luxuriant. Taste is very dusty and dry, and a bit spicy, almost like a black saison even though still hoppy as balls. Good one.
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very roasted almost burnt tasting. Not very bitter, darker malts definetly come though