blipp (8011) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Maxís 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 (610) - 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 (1580) - Arlington, Texas, 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 Busterís 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 wasnít 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. Iím not really an IPA guy, but this doesnít really taste like an IPA. Itís 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. Iíll buy it again.
Lubiere (12765) - 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 wouldnít call it a black IPA, though. Itís just on the bitter side of a strong porter.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown, fluffy tan head, very rocky, excellent lacing... Aroma of chocolate, roast, citrus, lots of cereal grains, creamy... Very roasty, citrusy, creamy body.... lively dry medium body, alcohol is masterfully hidden, didnt realize it was 9.5% til nearly done the beer... very fine example...
Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at the first brewvival festival. Hazy brown pour. Surprising hop nose, and bitter. Big carbonation and very vegetal. This really was a dissapointment. Could just be in comparison with so many other great beers...
glennmastrange (2647) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of dark bread, toasted, molasses and sweet dark chocolate, light resin and dough for yeast, with hints of dark rum, cola and a hint of vanilla. Head is large frothy with bigger bubbles, tan, with good slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly lasting. Color is clear very dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a soft to lively carbonation and has a lightly astringent and chalky finish. Very malty and not very hoppy, the flavor is a little out of balance, but this Black IPA has a lot of other aspects to it. Should have been categorized as an American Strong Ale.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
21-Feb-10 (22-oz wax-dipped bottle: Purchased 22-Dec-09 for $8.49 at www.wineandcheeseplace.com) Black Perle pours dark brown in color, opaque through the center and translucent toward the edges, but the tan head is rather modest, rising to barely a quarter inch and settling to a filmy layer. The moderately sweet, malt-driven nose offers pronounced aromas of chocolate, coffee, and earth against a pleasant backdrop of piney and modestly grassy hops. On the palate, this beer has solid depth of malt: itís medium-sweet, very roasty and quite toasty as well, offering lots of coffee with milk, medium-dark chocolate, and ash. The slightly distant hops are piney and citrusy, and the medium bitterness augments the moderate bitterness of the roast without overwhelming the palate with the onslaught of tongue-numbing, astringent bitterness that too often plagues this emerging style. A substantial beer, itís rich and full bodied on the palate, yet still light on its feet. The mouthfeel is perfectly balanced between malty sweetness and drying bitterness, and is chalky, moderately carbonated, and smooth and easy to drink for a muscular beer. Overall, the majority of the flavor of this Black IPA comes from the dark-roasted malts, and the weight and alcohol are sufficient enough that this beer more closely resembles a hoppy Imperial Stout. Regardless of this relatively minor stylistic quibble, itís an outstanding beer, one that is absolutely delicious and a pleasure to drink. Highly recommended and worth seeking out, but be sure to share it with a friend or two. Itís 9.5% alcohol and too tasty to horde the entire bottle for yourself.