jstraw (1929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with good, foamy tan head / Nose of citrus, pine, and dark caramel / Medium body, just a hint of sweetness but otherwise dry, some chew and good hop bite, with excellent balance and bitter finish / Flavors of dark caramel, toast, pine, and grapefruit / Not exceptional in any one aspect, just solid and balanced throughout.
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ 10K + OT. Thanks, Andrew. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Khaki foam. Piney, herbal, woody hop nose. A bit of apple and peach, slight grass, and some roast. A touch of sweet caramel, chocolate, and toast. Flavor is fairly bitter. Lots of roasted malt and resinous, piney hop character. Herbs, grass, and light malt sweetness. Decent.
GT2 (8509) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[ Bottle ][ BMan1113VR ][ 22oz ][ 10K+OT Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/3/14 ]
>> Pours a clear coal with weak soda fizz. Nose is camphor, cherries smoke. Taste is bitter, weaker body, lemon peel. Palate is mild cocoa, lightly bitter. Wasnít sure what kind of beer this was, was thinking Christmas generic spiced brown ale. But Black IPA was a shock as this wasnít anything I associate with that style.
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours black with a dark tan head. The beer starts lightly sweet and bitter. There are some roasted malts and a bit of bitter chocolate. The only thing missing in this black IPA is more hops.
maxwelldeux (3696) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. My rating on this was is mostly my fault, as it has sat in my "storage" for too long (note that my "storage" has been my parentís basement, where Iím currently visiting). The nose on this one is fairly roasty, but has a lot of older hop elements that are past their prime. Taste is definitely a little bitter, but with a lot of roasting that really dominates. Could be a very good brew.
RobertDale (3557) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Thanks Sean. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and citrus. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, citrus, and some pine. Pretty good and easy to drink.
bytemesis (3312) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Sean. Pours clear ruby black with a medium creamy tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is pine, caramel, toffee. Flavor is pine and dark sugars, lightly sweet, medium bitter, some resin and only a bit of roastiness. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Bottled on 10/29/13, but not holding up well at all.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I must not be an Ahtanum fan. I found the balance of this black IPA a little too tilted to the malt side. And though tasty, I kept wanting a little more hop bite. Maybe my palate is too demanding in hops at this point.
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. darker pour, tan head. caramel toffee malts, healthy dose of roasted malts & dark chocolate fill a nice aroma. chocolate, roasted malts, touch of citrusy hops. herbal notes. nice winter seasonal
cstuartj (985) - Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap, pours a nice pitch black with a thin head and light lacing. Nice caramel, roasted malts, coffee nose. thick overly sirupy attack, a bit muddy on the finish. good, not amazing.
luttonm (2272) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz in Seattle. Solid rich black brown. Cola caramel, bit hoppy chocolate. Rich body. OK example.