jb (2197) - 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 (434) - 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 (677) - 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).
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
deep reddish brown. minimal head. maltiness with a decent amount of hops. pretty standard for the style. unremarkable at best.
J_man (700) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear amber/mahogany with an off-white head. At first I didnít detect any aroma from this at all, but as it warmed up it finally released milk chocolate and woody aromas. Some of that milk chocolate follows in the taste but quickly turns to bittersweet and dark chocolate, espresso, and an astringent dryness. This has a light body and some characteristics of a schwarzbier except this is on steroids. A surprising grapefruit and citrus pith bitterness quickly envelopes the tongue and holds on through the finish. Strong charred grain/wood flavors and bitterness are present too. Some dark/bittersweet chocolate remains in the aftertaste. All of this bitterness somehow makes this seem like itís higher than 6.5% ABV, but itís fairly easy to drink overall. This beer definitely evolves as it warms up, so donít drink it too cold or too fast!
milewide (1514) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, dark brown color with minimual head. Nice citrus aroma and taste. Only average bitterness. Roasted malt flavor is evident.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a finger of tannish head and decent retention. Smell is malty and a bit of blueberry, small hoppiness. Taste is floral, bitter, and a small smokey finish. Not exactly what I expected, but not bad.
wlajwl (3882) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is hops/fresh cut grass and a hint of dark malts. The flavor is a mix of hops/grass and roasted dark malts. The grass in the aroma and flavor was unexpected in this style; this wasnít bad but kind of odd and not great.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Safeway in Lynnwood, WA (IIRC). Pours a dark brown with foamy head that is best described as a darker cream color. Aroma: Roasted malt and hops. Flavor: Same as the aroma, with a hint of coffee.
poisoneddwarf (1716) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from a six pack bought at Grocery Outlet. I had to rate a dark IPA right after the white IPA I just drank. Aroma is pretty standard black IPA, dark roasty malts juxtaposed with citrusy hops; coffee, bread, grapefruit are accounted for. This one seems to lean a little more towards the dark roasty malt character than hoppy IPA. Pours dark dark brown to black with reddish tints; has a collapsing beige head. As in the aroma, the taste leans more toward a porter flavor than IPA, which I have no problem with. Has a nice roasted coffee flavor profile. Starts sweet and finishes with a lingering bitterness. Carbonation is average and the body is a little on the thin side. Iím pleasantly surprised by this beer. It really caught me off guard. Iíve been let down by Pyramid a lot during the last 5-8 years or so. They seem to have been having an identity crisis during that time. Their packaging changes moreso than any other brewery I can think of. Most of their portfolio is extremely boring. This is the best beer to come from them in a long time I think.