ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a black color with just a hint of brown in it. Nice finger of tan head that fades fairly quickly to a nice ring with some lacing left behind.
S - Really nice mix of floral/citrus hops and some sweet malty elements really blend nicely. Also just a touch of sweet fruit also mixed in.
T - Starts off with a nice lightly roasted malt flavor with some floral hop bitterness coming through. A little roasted flavor in the background. Through the middle a lot of bitterness comes through with the citrus/floral hops flavor getting some attention. The finish has more of the bitterness from the hops, and the carmel malt flavor comes in to balance nicely and make for a nice lingering taste.
M - Medium bodied and a nice amount of carbonation that matches well. Very nice and dry finish gives a very nice crisp feeling in the mouth afterwards.
D - Very drinkable. Lots of hops, but a very nice balance between the hops and the malts makes for a very solid beer. The roasted malt flavor that comes through really matches the hops excellently.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub on 05/15/2010 as Black IPA. Slightly hazy golden body with a small white head. Pale malt, some graininess, and a slight astringent aroma. Pale malt, citrus, fruit and a big grainy flavor. Somewhat astringent. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
pineypower (2683) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from whoever brought this to CDC release. Pours dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma is of some citrus hops, light roast and some chocolate. Taste is very smooth with a nice creamy mouthfeel, notes of citrus hops, dark roasted malt, and light chocolate. Solid beer with a nice mouthfeel.
Goodgrief (1844) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chestnut brown pour, nice one finger frothy head and outstanding lacing. Aroma of pine-like hops. This one is a pretty great balance of roasty malts with a cocoa sweetness and a nice citrus/pine bitterness. The Portsmouth web blog said the malts weren’t supposed to import a roasted flavor...ah, no...but that’s not a complaint. T?his seems more like a stout than an IPA. Silky smooth mouthfeel. I have not been a huge fan of some of the other black IPAs out there but this one is pretty damned good.