philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. Bottle purchased for $5.50 + tax @ Fremont, Seattle PCC. Big dense lasting lacy tan 1 inch head. Opaque dark black color without obsidian red edges. No sediment. Aromatic floral slightly herbal minimally toasted hop front. Very smooth somewhat creamy toasted hint mildly sweet balanced lightly dark malt flavored IPA body. Lingering herbal mild bitter smooth balanced clean hop spice end. Very smooth and tasty. (4.25 / 5.0).
pdx77 (769) - Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at 3rd Annual Black Friday event at Green Dragon. Pitch black color with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and grass hops. Taste is a nice balance of sweet toasted malt, dark chocolate, and mildly bitter grass hops. Finishes with an interplay of hoppy bitterness and dark roastiness.
superspak (1895) - Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/30/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light coffee, light char, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a fair amount of roasted malt balance; and decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, coffee, light char, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, roast, cocoa, toast, light coffee, light char, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus hop flavors with moderate roasted malt balance; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Black IPA. Flavors seemed to lean towards a standard American IPA overall, but there was still a fair amount of roasted flavor going on. Very smooth and crisp to drink; and a very enjoyable offering.
mikedR (726) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my favorite style, and perhaps as a result Iím a little snobby about it. No doubt about it -- this oneís quite good. I get all the black IPA notes that should be there. But I want more . . . more roastiness, more viscosity, and so on. So, I give this one a B+/B.
Syzzer (551) - Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bomber 3-31-13: Dark clear orange-brown. Medium pine hop smell. Decent balance of malts and hops with strong bitter finish. A nice CDA 7.2 BD; 8.8 Joek; 6 KevMar
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Fairly black, large frothy beige head, nice lacing.   Black malt like aroma, soft hop and pith on
the backside.   This one is more IPA sided than the roastiness as its hoppy, but not bitter, and certainly not too
roasty.   Has a soft toasted malt background, but thats it.   A bit sharper than a Pale Ale, but not as robust,
chocolaty, or roasty as other examples.   It is very smooth tho.   Has a citrusy/pithy backside thats a little
charred.   Moderate body and mouthfeel on this one.   A little hop bitterness lingers.   Decent example, light on
the Black portion of this Black IPA.   Might be a good beginners example as it is clean but not too strong on either
aspect.   Would have liked a touch more sweetness and a bit more body.
Ratman197 (8471) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, graininess, earthiness, light vanilla and light wood. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, cocoa, earthiness, grapefruit and light wood with a crisp dry bitter lingering earthy finish.
drpimento (2021) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nicely done beer! Poured at a good temperature with a huge, foamy, frothy, billowy, tan head that lasts all the way down and some lace. Color is a clear, dark mahoganey with an enormous amount of bubble trails. Aroma is at first subdued and then itís hop, roast, malt, spice, fruit. Flavorís like nose, very slight sweet, plenty bitter and good tang thatís not out of place. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, very long, boozy, yet easy drinking. Bad Santa is very good beer.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear ruby red color with lasting tan sheen. Dry black malt, kelpie earthy aromas with mild floral hoppage. medium body with average co2. Lightly sweet pale malt base brew with dry black malts, chocolate, and pine, floral hops--not super hoppy but tasty enough.
rxeight (786) - Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby. Some hops and spicyness. Small amount of belgian spices. Pretty good. Medium thickness.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: November 21, 2012
Source: Mail Order, Letís Pour
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, lots of icy lace
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, earthy hops
Overall: rich roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, lots of hops, earthy and woodsy, long roasted finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4