SSSteve (3755) - - 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 donít 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 Damonís) 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 (4334) - 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 (2649) - 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 (3276) - 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.
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (coffee, roast, dark fruit), heavy hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisin, prunes, and alcohol. Flavor is heavy malt (coffee, roast, dark fruit), heavy hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisin, prunes, and alcohol. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle, thanks BeerandBlues2. Small tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some roast, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, roast, some burnt, grapefruit. Medium body, low carbonation.
Travlr (11016) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at CaptainCougarís local tasting, thanks! Dark brown, tan head. Aroma of pine with a charcoal edge. Taste is dark coffee grounds, pine, bitter finish. Decent.
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011-05-13. Black body with a small beige head. 3+ Dusty toasty roast malt aroma, modest hop character with a bit of a greenery touch from the hops. 6+ Flavour is similar with pleasant green hops over dry modestly roasty dark malt. Pleasant modest bitterness throughout. Alcohol is virtually non-existent, I would not have guessed it was as strong as it apparently is. 7+ Average plus bodied palate. This one grows on me a lot by the end of the glass. Pretty decent, just needs a bit more of everything flavour wise to take it up a notch. Bottle shared by Blankboy