thornecb (5445) - 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 (3430) - 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 (8317) - 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 (1207) - 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
wavers1 (916) - 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 (2156) - 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 brewer’s admission, an Imperial Stout brewed with organic honey. A good American swerve on style, it’s bound to be pleasing to many facets of the palate.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - 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 (6098) - 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 (9549) - 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.