GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is an interesting beer with a lot going for it, tons of roast malts, beautiful pitch black pour, but the body seemed really rough to me, chewy but not in a good way. Not quite sure what, but it didnít really come together for me.
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-pours black with a milkshake tight rich brown head. Aroma is sweet resin, roasty dark malt/oat. Taste is roasty/ashy-dark malt, biting pine hops. Quick, thinning finish.
popkow (308) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, small tan head above black body. Aroma of roast and a hint of caramel. Taste is medium sweet with a bitter finish. Medium body, low carbonation.
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma of buttery popcorn and sweet roasted malt. Flavor is initially light citrus with a hint of buttery popcorn but finishes with smooth roasted malt, some charred malt notes, then sweet citrus hops in the finish. Certainly slightly flawed, but drinkable. Iíve had other Peak Organic beers with this same problem, unfortunately, because they have a lot of potential.
Slipstream (2479) - USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at The Brazen Head. It is the biggest, darkest thing Iíve had from Peak, that is for sure. Green West Coast hops (Centennial, I see) lots of coffee flavor, some pine oil. The espresso taste sticks around on the palate. It is a little unbalanced imo, but still a fine brew.
cbooth (12) - Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Never had a "black IPA" But this is delicious. Strong malt flavored all through out. Crisp and full notes of hops especially at the finish. Good beer will buy again.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber shared by jsprime. black with a tan head. nicely hoppy black ale. could be a hoppy porter, could be a light impy stout. its pretty much a light expedition stout. really good black ipa.
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
aroma starts out very burnt/roasty malt, flavor is same. pours very dark with a tan head on top. sharp astringency in this one, thick body. flavor has tons of black malt, the 8% abv tastes/feels more like 10-11. very hot. honestly, if you put this blindly in front of me iíd think it was a moderately hoppy imp stout. black ipa? didnít seem like it to me, the hop bite is piney but this is definitely more BLACK than IPA. regardless, for 3.99 a bomber I enjoyed this for a big beer on a budget, but itís definitely a little heavy handed and one (maybe 1.5) dimensional.
ben4321 (5780) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: Draft at Blind Tiger, 1/2/12
Aroma: The nose is roasty, with lots of coffee, some licorice, citrus and pine hops
Appearance: This one pours a dark brown-black color, with a small frothy light brown head
Flavor: The heavy malt up-front, more roasty then sweet, with a mid hop, and a dry, roasty finish
Palate: Itís light-medium bodied, a touch watery for the style, with a soft carbonation, and a short duration
I thought that one was a solid Black IPA that leaned toward the roasted side. It was pretty good, but there was something about it that was a bit lacking. Still though, it was a reasonably enjoyable beer.
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark black color with an off white foam head. Chocolate toasty aroma. Roast. Some citrus and resin mixed in. Sweet grape taste with a nice roastiness. Some charcoal and dark fruit.