Cybercat (2772) - Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you get this in a bottle, be careful - it tends to foam. At least it doesnít gush like champagne, but you should be ready with a towel. Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a very thick and quite persistent fluffy tan head. Aroma fills the nose with smoky, molasses, hoppy, earthy and licorice notes - it all but says "Drink me!" to one who loves black IPAs. Smoky, earthy, nutty, hoppy and licorice notes make themselves known as they dance across the palate. Firm texture imparts plenty of sass and fizz. Come to the dark side - we have great beer!
Jamesthebrit (133) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: I couldnít really smell anything here.... really rather shallow and pedantic.
A: Looks pretty good I guess.. weird it pours like a full bodied stout or something. creamy head which disipates quickly. Oh also, the wax bottle is way to hard to open. I have to battle with this thing for like 5 minutes to get it open...
T: Tastes alright but I dunno. It tastes like a slightly more hoppy stout or something but there isnít any smokiness or chocolate or coffee or stuff like that. Really tastes more like a stout than an IPA. Not terrible.
P: Sits surprisingly well on the palate. Medium full body. Smooth mouth feel.
Overall this is an interesting beer that I guess falls way to directly between too catergories. Itís like a stout with some extra hops in it but not enought to be an IPA. If I didnít know better I would think this a stout, however, it may be due to cellaring. Iíll have to grab a fresh one and check that out. Itís a pretty solid beer but nothing mind blowing. Oddly easy to drink.
Iphonephan (2213) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of toasted malt. Coffee and assertive hops round out the taste. Nice brew.
Meilby (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650ml @ Geokkjer
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, chocolate, caramel, oat and herbal, floral hops. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a chocolate, mint and floral finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Geokkjer (5002) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of bread, chocolate, crust , floral and minty hops.Flavor is sweet and malty with some oxidized malt, mint,chocolate and caramel.Medium body, average carbonation.
yngwie (11750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 22oz, from trade with Papsoe. A dark brown beer, lightly unclear and topped by a minimal sized off-white head. Lightly smoked, ham-like flavor with toffee and some vinous notes. Chocolate too. The flavor has some sweetness, but itís mostly dryish. Piney hops, some grassy notes and a hint of orange peel too. Lasting finish with lots of chocolate, some coffee and ham, and a little touch of bitterness and a solid dose of pine cones. Not your average black IPA, but nice anyway. 130420
beerbaaron (685) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Medium creamy light brown head, lots of lace. Aroma is coffee, roasty, chocolate, piney subtle fruity hops. Medium body and medium bitter and dry finish. Oilyish creamyish. Flavor is sweet, balanced piney subtle fruity hops, roasted malt, chocolate. Quite nice. Alcohol content well hidden.
MarinEvelyn (320) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
interesting aroma. chocolate, coffee, malt, dark fruit. sweet.
Taste- sweet, bitter. sweet. chocolate/coffee a bit. Hoppy aftertaste.
altonbrownd (4477) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Whole Foods - P Street (DC). Dark brown body with big head. Nose is malty, coffee, stout. Taste is dark malts, hops, milky. Sweet, caramel texture.
Chuckaduck (577) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/1/2013. So glad to have found this. Black IPA seems misleading though. Somewhere between a Black IPA, a Stout and a Porter. Pours translucent black (deep red really) with a thick brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla. Taste is similar and more; coffee, creamy, chocolate, smoke, bitter, dark chocolate; huge and long coffee finish. Some nice lacing. Mouth feel is chewy but also thin somehow. Misleading in style, but stand-out in all other areas.