ChristianBlack (25) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2011
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Bottle:
Black appearance certainly looks the part. More roasted and chocolate notes than I expected. Not a bad thing. Decent taste. Just missing hop character.
Well carbonated but just missing that all important ingredient hops!
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours blacks just a touch white head. Grapefruit, dark roasted malts and pine. Taste chocolate, cream, grapefruit, lemon and pine. Mouthfeel is thick and finish is bitter grapefruit.
unclemike (2527) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a very thin head and aromas of brown sugar, peat, a little bit of resin. Flavor has quite a bit of dark malt sweetness-- chocolate, brown sugar, peat-like smokiness, a bit of resiny hops and a nice chocolate aftertaste
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: An overly roasted (read ‘totally burnt’) astringent black ipa. Just ok.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh, early 2011 release batch.
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head that doesn’t leave a lot of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is of burnt cake, baked fruits and burnt grass. Not smoky, just really burnt ground coffee, grassy hops, cocoa powder, burnt toasts, chalk, vegetal notes, powder milk. Finish is dry and powdery. The beer was very astringent and with each sip it sucked all the saliva, you’ll need a pint of water to drink a bomber of this beer. The powdery sensation was like taking a table spoon of flour or dry yeast with each sip. No alcohol presence at all. Despite its flaws I was able to drink my bomber with no efforts by alternating between the beer and a pint of water. This is a decent beer, but below average for the style imho. I was all crazy about Black IPAs when the style first got popular but lately I’ve been disappointed by many of them. I’m not giving up on the style yet because I’m sure there are some good ones out there, I’m not one throw the baby out with the bathwater. I would personally throw it out with the regular garbage, well hidden at the bottom of the bag.
Terminus (3342) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber-dark deep mahogony hue with a small lightly tan head. dark malts, piney hops, char, roast dominate the nose. tastes like a hoppy porter along the lines of alpha klaus circa 2003. really burnt finish- very roasty and charred with piney hops underneath it all. cool beer if you like these dark ipa’s. glad to have had this beer since its another state that i have been needing to get. would definately have again. however, as the beer warmed, a bit of a metallic note came through in the finish. thats usually from a combination of all the dark malt and heavy hopping. Still overally pretty tasty!
Nickls (1956) - Kingstowne, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark, dark brown with a thinner white head. Fairly muted aroma: chocolate-like maltiness and a bit of smoke with some spicy hops. Hoppy in the flavor, but lightly roasted and well-balanced. Creamy lighter to medium body.
thornecb (4784) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours mahogany tinged black into a Sam glass. Mocha conglomerate head with good retention recedes leaving scant spiders. Milk chocolate and espresso aromas. Medium bodied with charred espresso upfront turning to roasted pit fruit before a lasting dark resin finish.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is almost black and opaque but just a bit of light comes through at the edge to reveal that this is a very dark brown with a tall, lasting tan head.
Malty roast aroma with some chocolate with a touch of hops. An aroma that at first strikes me as one from a Porter rather than a black IPA. I guess it fits the new category description pretty well though.
The flavor is slightly bitter, perhaps divided between the roast malt bitterness and the hop bitterness. Some sweetness that tastes to me like there is watermelon in here. Maybe that’s the Perle hops I’m tasting?
T<he biggest thing about this beer is that I bought it in my hometown in the middle of beer wasteland. A little pricey at $12 tax included, but the fuel savings to the nearest beer city made it OK I guess.
douglas88 (7178) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (please no more wax dipping IPAs even the black variety). Pours a dark mahogany color with a nice creamy beige head, actually a great thick head. The aroma is sweet toasted malts, caramel, pine. The flavor is very much a porter not much of a IPA; caramel, toasted malts, milky coffee, light nutty notes, yes there is some citrus and bitterness in the finish. Not too bad, but this is not really much of a CDA.
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - MAY 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
What i am looking for in a black ipa is the balance between the hops and the roasted malt flavor. If this was a blind taste test, i would have called this a porter, no way would this be a black ipa. due to the style being so new, there are a lot of brewers right now coming out with black ipa’s that just arent. the roasted malts completely dominate this one with the ipas taking a backseat. great color, palate is fine, aroma is of a porter. so so in my book