Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice fresh hop aroma prominent with spice, pine and fresh grass. Black with ruby/brown highlights. Thick tan head which rains down at pouring. Taste is rich with hop character but not overwhelmingly bitter. Some of the roastiness of the dark mounts comes through as well but still leaves center stage to the hop oils. Not particularly alcoholic. More malt on the finish. Moderate body. Sticky lips when finished. Lots of the dark malt left far into the finish.
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My bottle [660ml] shared with HogTownHarry, jerc & mabel. Pours a very deep ruby, almost black, with an average size diminishing frothy beige head. Aroma of green leafy hops and roasted malt. Flavour of roasted malt, leafy hops and a roasty, very bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied. I’m not crazy about this style of beer but this is alright.
Palidor19 (3048) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
the aroma smells like licorice. the rest of the beer lack any qualities. weak palate unpleasant flavors and a strong burnt aftertaste.
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
The aroma is grassy and has a slight burnt malt quality. The taste is like metallic insecticide which is ironic for an organic. The appearance is dark brown. The palate is thin. Overall I am really disappointed.
SSSteve (3916) - - MAY 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. black but not opaque with a medium, creamy, tan head. aroma is all hops with the only the faintest hint of dark malt. flavor brings forth notes of licorice, burnt meat, dark chocolate, bitter citrus/pine hops. palate is medium with medium low carbonation. not a bad beer...pine and chocolate don’t really do it for me though.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22 oz. bottle from Damon’s) Very dark brown. Tall tan head. Aroma is sweet citrus and pine over dark roasty coffee, vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Very smooth, lightly oily palate. Droopy, broken, dabby lacing. Flavor is sweet and hoppy, dark and caramel-roasty. Real good.
nuplastikk (4938) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Opaque deep brown-black, maybe just black, with a pretty respectable fluffy beige head. One of my favorite Peak beers yet, this really nails the style. Creamy chocolate tones on top of a rough hop barrage. Some alcohol to round out the rich depth. A really solid beer, not unlike Old Rasputin...maybe a touch more hops. Thick, oily tones that are truly the essence of the Black IPA. An awesome beer, well done.
OldGrowth (2864) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Tylers Apex 5/22/11. Good aroma, bitter sweet. Big roasty chocolate malt, nice piney hops, litte yeasty fruitiness. Brownish black color, ok head, but good lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Lite body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, bitter finish. Very nice brew, big aroma and flavors. very enjoyable.
Cybercat (3863) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is decently hoppy with floral and fruity hints, not strong but still pleasing. It pours a dark muddy brown that is opaque save at the edges, and the pale tan head is thick, frothy and persistent. Flavor is quite hoppy and somewhat bitter, and has grassy, woody and nutty hints, plus a fair but not fierce alcohol nip. Texture is smooth and fizzy, leaving a tingly and woody finish.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a well priced 22oz bottle at about 6 bucks. Also a fairly strong abv so looked forward to this. Once poured it was very dark just showing a tiny bit of ruby red to the light and a foaming khaki head. The aroma is a direct pine and a kind of juicy citrus as apposed tot he more zesty citrus one often gets. Even a touch of tropical fruit in there. Just a bit of roast malt smell under it but hops control the aroma. As for taste it is a light roasted malt with a bit of tropical fruit and ending in a coffee bitterness.Slightly thin on the palate and a few alcohol notes in as well. A lot less porter like characteristics than other beers of the style I have had but good drink ability over all.