TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub -- notes from Feb 5th, 2011.</br>
Pours dark brown/black with tinges of red around the edges. Not much head to speak of, though what little there is leaves some bits of lace here and about. Aroma is piney, citrusy hops that mix a bit awkwardly with the underlying roast-bitter grain. Some chocolate on the nose is a nice complement to the citrusy hops. Flavor is pretty much like it smells; an interesting blend of bitter-roast grain and citrus hop with piney elements. A little bit of flavor clash, a little bit soapy, but actually pretty well mixed considering the disparate hop/malt combination. The chocolate malt that was fairly prominent in the aroma is a little weak in the flavor. Becomes a little bready, a little boozy as it warms.. Thinnish, tingly palate with crispy dark-grain and sharp hop aftertaste. Decent beer but I’m not exactly sold on the so-called "Black IPA" style.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the pub... A stunning dark mahogany body with some nice dark amber edges, semi clear. A thick laced light tan head, clings for several centimeters. The head is thin cap, not much to see... The aroma is fantastic, wonderfully displayed cascade hops without a bit of soap. Light pine and roasted malt too boot. Complex and balanced... The taste is equally nice, a roasty backbone, chocolate finish, the hops display in the middle as light pine but sweet and very fresh. A light soap finish actually works... The mouthfeel has perfect carbonation with a great finish.
This is one of the best black ipa’s I’ve head, well worth trying.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this a while back and didn’t get around to rating it. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel, cocoa. Roasted malt in the flavor, grapefruit and pine hops as well. Pretty good Black IPA.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a black body with a two finger-width, very dense, frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pines and florals with a nice cocoa and sweetish caramel. Grapefruits and a pleasant roast come out more as this warms. The roasts allow the hops to shine, but are distinct and provide a solid addition. Flavor is similar. Lots of floral hops up front with some grapefruit pines and a few resins. A solid caramel sweetness and cocoa comes in to balance along with a light roast behind everything. Finishes smooth and dry with a light-moderate, roasty, piney, floral, somewhat resiny bitterness that leaves a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, very smooth and silky, rounded body with a creamy, moderate carbonation. Drinks nicely. Overall, a solid black IPA. Well balanced with a lighter roast and enjoyable caramel/cocoa maltiness that allow the hops to shine, but never become over-the-top. Good one.
rhsiung (1200) - USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
yum. hoppy but somehow not bitter. fruity in a way? i guess that’s the citrus. i’d have this one again.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler: Thanks to Kan for sharing! Dark pour with a fluffy beige head and drippy lace. Aroma is resionous piney hops and roast. Flavor follows suite with hints of grapefruit. Light astringency. I wonder if dehusked grains were used as they tend to leave that character
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is lemon and astringent note that reeks of more booze then i know is rightfully there. waves of grapefruit and other citrus ebb and flow, no sign of roast yet. appearance is dead opaque, head reduces immediately to mere swirl of bubbles. low carb. flavor is nice black IPA profile, hiding deep roast nearly clobbered (but still present) beneath primarily lemon hops. astringent note comes and goes as in nose. not familliar with this hop strain but while it works well to overcome substantial roast it provides little compexity and booziness is offputting. finally, mouthfeel is decidedly thin despite the fact this growler is less then 8 hours old and sealed well.
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tulip draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a deep dark blackish hue, near opaque with ruby edges, a frothy light brown head atop that stays significant laces well and layers. Aromas are American hops, pine and florals jump out at first with touches of grapefruit, more roast and cocoa come into the fold as it warms a bit more. A nice roast and gourmet coffee, barley roasted, touches of dry hops, some sweetness tempered away. Initial is medium bodied, a bit fuller with a significant hopping, florals and grapefruit with a touch of resinous pine, roasty malts couple with coffee, some dark chocolate comes into the game late and on the back of the palate, but it definitely coats well. This is my jam right here. Copious American hops, pine and florals, citrusy grapefruit and cocoa work well together, a decent roast, good palatability, creamy silky body makes this beer certainly go down easy. Sweet caramel and biscuits behind to bolster the body. Gorgeous lacing still entices me. Finish is dry and a bit of roast lingers on, cocoa and coffee, roasted barley and black malts provide a touch more significance, but hops rue the day. Aroma not as ’in your face’ as expected, but the beer holds it’s own. Yum!
drewbeerme (3902) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at rev, pours brown with creamy tan head. nose of citrus, caramel, and grapefruit. nice juicy hop aroma. flavors of citrus, green, resiny, sweet caramelly backbone. silky body, it reminds me of alpha klaus, tasty beer.
deyholla (8349) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a clear dark brown with a deep tan head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a light pine note that combined with some dark bread and a bit of hay. Flavor had a pine note throughout with a backing dark bread and slight roasted note.