jgb9348 (5096) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a single centimetre tall tan head - about 80% opaque. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, nuts, earth, vanilla, caramel and some decently strong pine and hop notes. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong rich hop character with pine and resin the strongest, all with a large malt backbone with raisins, molasses and a touch of chocolate running through the mix. Aftertaste shows a nice rounded and relatively mellow characteristic with some figs, earth, vanilla, pine, resin and of course - hop note all noticeable. Overall, a nicely done and well layered Black IPA with a rich hop quality along with a good sweet finish - great to sample and definitely worth trying if you can find it. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on 30-December-2013 for US$2,79 sampled at home in Washington on 10-February-2015 while getting ready for a trip to the South again in two weeks.
Total Wine Date on Bottle: 11-October-2013 // Purchased: 30-December-2013 // Sampled: 10-February-2015
PorterPounder (6221) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Beer Stop - 12 oz bottle. Inky black pour, soft, khaki colored head that clings to the edge of the glass. Aroma has some creosote accents, a touch of licorice, some bittersweet chocolate. Flavor has some licorice accents, some oily chocolate accents, a touch of prune-like fruitiness, Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Broken apart, it rates high in all the areas, but overall, it is a bit heavy-handed. Not a bad winter warmer though.
Aurelius (4657) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Standard longneck. Bad label. Tannic roasted ale aroma, lightly sweet. Sweet, a little milky, coffee/rye tang, good character and tasty. Medium body, dark cocoa finish. A licorice whip mouthfeel. Beer Stop.
CEZ (405) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany body, medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, ripe dark fruit. Caramel sweetness up front, followed by a slightly resinous hoppiness. Good malty character, not overly hoppy. Medium to full mouthfeel, smooth texture. Finish is moderately bitter, slightly acidic.
BelgianBeerGal (3386) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pensacola bottle. Aroma is roasted malt and molasses with a hint of hops. Flavor is almost like a slightly hoppy, British barley wine with some lingering bitterness. Interesting and tasty.
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours dark brown (nearly black) with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Excellent retention. The aroma is a mixture of caramel, dark chocolate, toasted nuts and restrained, earthy hops. The flavor is burnt and carbonic with a lengthy, roasty, moderately bitter finish. This is more malty and stout-like than the average black IPA and that works out really well for me.
Kosmokrator (517) - ITALY - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Denso color nero con un velo di morbida schiuma marroncina. Al naso offre sentori di cioccolato, espresso, caramello e luppoli fruttati. Gusto amarognolo, caffettoso e tostato con note di malto e cereali; finale lungo, amaro e persistente con note leggermente più dolciastre. Corpo medio, effervescenza debole, struttura setoso-oleosa: un piacere per le papille gustative, ricorda una stout morbida che sul finale scatena l’amaro/fruttato tipico di una IPA. Promossa!
AWISLguy (1762) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Stuart. Pours a flat black with brownish/red edges and, after agitating, a nice tan head leaving some small spots of lace. Aroma has chocolate, ashy roast, pine and citrus - plus light acetone. Taste is of sweet roasty malts, some cocoa, some grapefruit and heavy resin. Medium bodied. Finishes tangy grapefruity with roast; nicest part - most black IPA-ish - was the end, especially once a ways down the glass. Thought it was an impy stout at the beginning, and even at the end was not as hoppy of a cascadian dark as preferred.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the study. Dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Nose is very roasty upfront, lots of cocoa, light coffee. Some hops, but it’s more
Stout is than black ipa. A bit dry on the finish, some light char. Solid and doesn’t taste too much like old hops, thank The Lord.
Gachupines (1074) - USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a tan head. Aroma is pine hops, roasted malt and some coffee. Flavor is roasted coffee and chocolate with some pine hops. Bitterness is an interesting mix of rich roasted malt and the sharp bit of hops. Body is actually quite smooth with a richness from the malt. A little bittersweet in the finish.