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.
Berard (86) - - NOV 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. Pours black with creme white head that lingers. Little carbonation with mild hop aroma. Enjoy the caramel/coffee flavors of a stout with the hop bitterness. Great beer.
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ScipioA (135) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle pours pitch black with a small brown head. Lovely aroma thatís very akin to a heavily hopped IPA - citrus and pine - but some of the roasted malts come through too. The flavors are well put together, with the piney hops complimenting the dark stout base of roasted malt. Hints of raisin and burnt popcorn, with a very bitter and astringent finish. Very little alcohol profile in the aroma or taste. Very good dark ale, with some warm fuzzies from the organicalness thrown in too.
nuplastikk (3818) - 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.
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.
RyanK (131) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle serving: Pours a deep black with a foamy brown head. Light shows through the dark brew and plenty of carbonation is visible. Smells of pine hops and maybe some cascade hops as well with roasted malt. Tastes of hops and descent carbonation, hops are strong at first but subside to just make a very drinkable black IPA. It is 8.2% abv and the hops and roasted malt balance it out. Finishes with the bitter, roasted malt taste and leaves some carbonation on the tongue. Solidly very good.
raradel (273) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is really nice, great attributes. The sniff is the best part! Reeks of fresh hops with the look of a black ale. Flavor is deep with fresh hops and a roast malty back. Pretty smooth and 8% ABV! Overall this brew should get more love!! Try it hop lovers
Cybercat (2768) - 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.
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.
puboflyons (1670) - 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.