rayOfBeer (647) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: Dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is citrus and pine hoppy with a whiff of malt. Flavor is thick with a pine and orange/grapefruit hop profile together with some creamy caramel and some toffee notes. Slight roast comes out in the aftertaste. Palate is bitter with a sprinkling of sweet malt throughout. Overall nice flavor with a good balance of malt to bitterness, I was hoping for a little more roast but still easy to drink.
improvjock (312) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with big tan fluffy head. It looks like I just poured a root beer float. Aroma of dark chocolate and malts. Flavor is bitter coffee and vanilla, with some hoppy bitterness in the finish.
Ibrew2or3 (6220) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours clear brown with dark copper hues and weak short lived dark tan head. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, some chocolate malts and then a good dose of pine hops rolling into faint earthy black tea. The taste is awfully similar with very dark roasted malts, dry chocolate malts, a decent level of pine hops and then slight levels of earthy black tea and a dash of citrus. This is thin in body but offers up a more sessionable option for the style if that is what one is after.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pyramid Discord Black IPA is a dark berry colored beer. Itís almost black until you hold it to the light. Itís topped with a dense, waxy khaki foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. There are bright, citrusy hops in the aroma with notes of fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh cut fir... perhaps a hint of roast and ash. Itís medium bodied and foamy. It leaves the tongue dry and rough. Itís quite bitter. Pine resin fades into juniper and leaves a medicinal aftertaste. The dark malt is far in the background. This is all about the hops, for sure. This is not a timid beer, nor is it for the timid. This is a nice bitter slap in the face.
cblado (224) - Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep mahogany color. Thick tan head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, pine, and citrus. Flavor is bitter hops, with a strong backbone of malt. Palate is a bit thinner than I was expecting. Overall, a very drinkable beer.
dp (607) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
light chocolate aroma, typical citrus hops, more coffee like as the beer warmed brown color, very light, lightly bitter, light body, average carbonation, enjoyable
pottygok (408) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Chocolate and coffee malts, hints of earthy yeast with floral hops at the edges.
Appearance: Dark black with minimal head.
Taste: Light sweetness with light sourness at the edges of the finish.
Palate: Medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation, long finish.
Overall: Not unpleasant, and certainly well designed and balanced, but itís also not a standout either. Still, itís very solid.
jb (1951) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am not a big fan of this style, and I was prepared for another undrinkable mess, but I liked the way this one hung together. I think its because the hops didnít overwhelm and detract too much from the softer chocolate malt notes. Nice lacing pattern by the way.
bnoel09 (401) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter. Deep brown almost black pour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malt with grassy and piney hops. Flavor starts with chocolate malt and leads into grassy and pine hop notes. Finishes with some lightly ashy roasted notes. Medium bodied and fairly smooth with nice astringency. Overall a perfectly nice and drinkable beer, but there are certainly finer Black IPAís.
killjoy966 (676) - Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. from Chuckís. Typically I would poo-poo a Pyramid beer but this one is a pleasant surprise. Smells roasty and certainly has a hop bite to it. Lingers a little long in the back of my throat (and not in a good way).