JoeMcPhee (8819) - 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.
oldmanbaker (10) - South Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with a tan head. Smell is more of roasted malt like a stout rather than hoppy like a dark IPA, which this claims to be. Taste confirms this, but it does have some bitterness to it like an IPA. Very rich beer with a creamy texture and low carbonation. Bitter finish. Overall a good beer but not what I expected - drinks more like an imperial stout than an IPA
riversideAK (5734) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is roasty with hints of chocolate and black bread. Hops are somewhat herbal, danky, and peppery. Dark brown, almost black pour with a creamy tan head that settles to a thin film and nice lace. The flavor is dark and roasty, a little nutty, a little chocolate and caramel sweetness, herbal hop bitterness, floral hops, and peppery bite in the finish. A little thin, somewhat dry, spicy, and maybe a little alcoholic.
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Max and Jess’s place. Pours a hazy brown with a thin beige head. Roast and sweet chocolate, touches of bitterness and a hint of a vegetal aroma. Sweet, vegetal vanilla, roast and chocolate. Roasty, chocolate, and cocoa bitterness.
blipp (6619) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Max’s tasting. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Malty sweet aroma with grassy hops. The flavor has sweet malts, grassy hops, and just a hint of vegentables. Decent.
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle, pours very dark brown with a thick tan foamy head. Aroma is rich, light coffee, brown sugar, slight alcohol. Taste is thick and a little bitter, a drying alcohol finish. Flavors of espresso, bitter hops, roasted malt, molasses. Pretty solid beer.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wax dipped bottle from Buster’s in Memphis, TN. Pours a deep ruby brown with a foamy tan head. Smells like and drinks like an imperial stout that has been hopped up. Nice beer, even if it wasn’t what I expect in a Black IPA. Malt dominates aroma and flavor, with a nice hop bitterness.
raszputini (71) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a moderate light tan head. Hoppy nose. I’m not really an IPA guy, but this doesn’t really taste like an IPA. It’s almost like a hoppy Imperial Stout. Distinct roasted malts, maybe some chocolate or cocoa. Hops are robust but not overwhelming, and are tempered by the malts. Enjoyed it a lot. I’ll buy it again.
Lubiere (10746) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark brown IPA with a very thin moka head. In aroma, nutty chocolate, lightly hopped, vinous notes. In mouth, an interesting bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, musky and nutty, nice. Cask. On tap at Brewvival, Feb. 26 2011.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a very dark, almost black, shade of brown with small tan head. The aroma is chocolate, slight roastiness, lots of herbal hops, a fruity note, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is quite roasty with some toast and dark cocoa. There is a fair bit of hop bitterness and piney and herbal hop flavor. The finish is woody with some slight burnt and dry cocoa notes. Pretty good. I wouldn’t call it a black IPA, though. It’s just on the bitter side of a strong porter.