thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Vintage. Served from tap at the brewery release party into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a massively dark brown almost black with a one and a half finger light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and subtle bitter hops. The flavor was of roasted malt, subtle bitter hop that intensified upon swallowing, and very slight chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nicely balanced Black IPA. With this one being as fresh as possible the hop character is in full bloom right now. The aroma on this one was quite nice and had a good flavor to follow it up. This one is a must try if you are a fan of the style.
BelgianBeerGal (3315) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Norfolk bottle during the CC course at Langley. Nice dark chestnut color with a brown head. Interesting aroma with some molasses, a hint of hops but also a medicinal kick. Nice flavor that has some chocolate to go with a lingering, hoppy bitterness. Nice.
katrinaez (351) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2015 Multi dimension beer. Starts with a burst of flavor then slight bitter then eases into a chocolate coffee. Dark coloring. Had on tap.
Doofgoblin (400) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is more like an imperial stout than a dark ipa... I’m not complaining--It’s got a rich roasty aroma. Taste is an entire bar of dark chocolate with hits of citrusy goodness (almost acidic like dark chocolate). Finish is only somewhat bitter...certainly more of a get you on stage item rather than the whole showcase...
Beerathon (1449) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting beer. Pours a medium-dark brown with khaki colored head and lacing. Flavors of roasted malt, vanilla, licorice, bittering hops, coffee, booze, sugar.
Maxbier (589) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and orange citrus hop. Very chocolatey roast up front/ start is like a stout. Finish is black ipa; piney floral herbal hop with lingering chocolate. Interesting combo of stout flavors and ipa character. Enjoyable.
Theydon_Bois (11491) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at Craft Conundrum, Charleston, 18/02/15.
Light black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is light roast, bitter hops, earthy, liquorice.
Taste comprises more liquorice notes, spice, earthy, light pine.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Lower end of the CDA spectrum for me but drinkable none the less.
Nero55 (829) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with a very thin tan/orange head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, and a hint of mint. Medium body, roasted malt, hint of burnt malt astringency, moderate hop bitterness, slight alcohol warmth, and a astringent bitter finish.
arojewski (51) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into traditional pint glass with etching, resulting in foam over. Fluffy tan head over deep black. Nose not notable, but the flavor! Opens sweet with mild bitterness close behind.
Errl (1897) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle..Pour is black tan head..Nose is pine, chocolate, spice..Tatse is spice, chocolate, roast, some pine..
EyeAmBaldman (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nearly black from the bottle with a thin tan head that dissipates to a slight ring around the edges with very little lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate and alcohol. Fizzy carbonation in the mouth with tastes of dark chocolate (a ton!), roasted malts and a hint of dark fruits and a pinch of citrus. This feels more like a stout than a black IPA. This very good but not what I expected. I really thought this would be more bitter.