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 Ďtotally burntí) 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 doesnít 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, youíll 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 Iíve been disappointed by many of them. Iím not giving up on the style yet because Iím sure there are some good ones out there, Iím 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 (3308) - 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 ipaís. 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 (1911) - Washington, Washington DC, 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 (4663) - 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 (3211) - 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 thatís the Perle hops Iím 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 (6689) - 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 (1199) - Dublin, 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 ipaís 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
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pretty interesting brew. def bitter, but well balanced by the honey with a nice sweet back palate and finish. nice full body, the honey really comes out in the back part of the palate in all ways. pretty nicely done beer. im getting hints of porters, imperial red ales, old ales, nice variety of things going on here. i was wondering why a waxed ipa, but this may be a bit nicer and more complex when the hop bitterness thats masking it in the front and mid palate begins to disappear a bit. the honey really comes through for me in this brew in such a great way, i keep getting hints of wilf flower honey thoughout. would love another bottle of this to sit on and really see the malt profile shine in a year or so.
bubbleflubber (1895) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bomber, it pours almost black with a light (in both color and volume) tan head. The aroma is of multiple semi-sweet/sweet chocolates, roasts, light spring flowers, some fruit, vanilla extract and hint of peat. The roasted flavors combine with toasted honey and toasty bread. Bitter hops finish the roasty pull, balancing out the malt substances. The finish is woody with some slightly burned peppery cocoa. The mouthfeel is smooth with a substantive body and complex, yet slightly alcoholic palate. It is not a "Black IPA"... it is, by the brewerís admission, an Imperial Stout brewed with organic honey. A good American swerve on style, itís bound to be pleasing to many facets of the palate.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown-black pour. The aroma is earthy and a litte bit spicy with a lot of chocolate through the middle. Softly hoppy and a bit of peppery character. Okay - but not terribly punchy.