Darkmagus82 (1928) - - DEC 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a brownish color with a one finger head of an off-white color. The head fades quite quickly leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather light overall with the heaviest aroma being that of a roasted malt and lighter chocolate smell mixed with some caramel sweetness. Being a black IPA, this didn’t really have a heavy hop aroma, only containing a little bit of a pine and grassy smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a heavy roasted malt taste along with a hint of a caramel sweetness. A little bit of a chocolate flavor is present upfront and as the taste moves on the caramel largely fades leaving a more dry roasted cocoa taste in the profile. Right at the start there is a lighter grassy and herbal hop taste upfront, with these gaining strength as the taste moves on forward. Along with these hops so to comes some more earthy and pine hop flavors, with all blending nicely with the dry roasted flavors of the brew to produce a rather dry hopped, kinda dirty (in a good way though), taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation is good for the roasted malt flavor of the brew, but the weak body wasn’t with a bit more thickness likely being slightly better for the style, allowing all the flavors to really be nicely accentuated on the tongue.
Overall – A decent IBA overall, with a nice hop blend, but lacking a little bit of depth due to the weaker body and somewhat mute roasted flavors. Overall it’s a nice one to try, but not one I will likely go back to all that frequently.
EcoRover (1) - - JAN 19, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
"Black IPA," what’s not to like? Alcohol is a little higher than shown here, I think.