DenverLogan (814) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Dark brown, small amber head, hoppy, slight molassas, and rich roasted malt aroma. Kind of like a strong, hoppy schwarz bier...rich roasted dark malts, some hoppy bitterness, dry, lingering bitter hoppy finish.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Liars Club 7th Anniversary. This beer was made specifically for the Liars Club by Jeff Bagby to mark their 7th anniversary.
Dark dark dark brown, almost black color. Aroma is pure Pizza Port hops. There is a bit more malt than usual, but this beer kind of resembles an IPA with food coloring in it. I like Logans description - like a hopped up schwarz bier. Good stuff.
danem (14) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pizza Port Calrsbad. Unusually dark , deep reddish-brown color, almost black with very little lacing. Roasted malt aroma with a slight hop note. Malty for an IPA but great balance, not as one dimensional as the more extreme IPAs out there. Hoppy bitterness comes out on the moderate finish. A great example of trying something different.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drafted at O’Briens. Had a sample of this and since I may not get a chance to try it again, I will jot down a note. Darkest IPA I ever seen. Is this really a, IPA? Tasted, smelled like one. Interesting hops confused by the dark color.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ O’brien’s. Pour took a long time, I guess the tap had just been put on. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is malty and sweet, not really much hops on the nose. Taste is malty and hoppy and sweet, slight bitter, very nice, very tasty.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA--Poured a deep brown body with a thin white head. Citrus hoppy aroma with some rich dark maltiness. Fruitiness quite enjoyable. Rich, sweet, candy flavor with a biting bitter finish. Nice beer!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG 2008. I really enjoyed this beer, very nice floral flavors that worked off the malts up front. The malts had a nice depth, layers of caramel and cherry, hints of chocolate, all balanced against the hop finish. One of the better "black ipas" i’ve had.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’Brien’s. Dark black, semi-transparent, fizzy pour with a healthy serving of well-sustaining frothy tan head. Very porter-like in appearance. Lots of fruity, citrus hops in the aroma, along with a subdued sense of caramel and toast that seems to linger in the background. Light to medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. At first, glimmers of the expected caramel and toast flavors start to appear on the palate, but this is quickly obliterated by a thundering hammer of pulpy white grapefruit hops that comes blasting through on the palate. The bitterness of the hops seems to keep growing more and more intense as the palate draws out its lengthy finish. The black color certainly is misleading with this one, as the hop flavors and palate dryness are so strong, they completely dominate the malt character, making this one drink similarly to a pale IPA. In fact, I also had a Pliny the Elder draft simultaneously, and did a side-by-side tasting. This beer actually had a much greater perceived bitterness to my palate, but the hop characters were much more one-dimensional than with the PtE. Still, a really cool beer.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap @ Hamilton’s Tavern, South Park SD. It was listed on the board as 10% IIPA, and i had no idea in would come out black. Of course it invites comparison to Stone 11th, but I think this was much better. the roasty malt arom blended well with the hops, and it hit the tounge with some carmel-choclate and then faded into pinney hops. Drank easy without much hint of alcohol. yum!
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pizza Port C’Bad. Dark pour with a one finger head that laces nicely. Roasted aroma with plenty of pine/grass hop. Pleasant mouthfeel with flavors of roasted malt, nuts, hops, and a little bit of a smokey aftertaste. Great full flavor that compliments the hoppiness of this IPA. This is my drink of choice at PP.