Cybercat (2915) - 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!
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: OK, so if they hopped this one 8 times how come it didnít seem hoppy? Donít get me wrong, itís a very tasty, but donít tell us itís hoppy when itís not. Tell us about the malts, since thatís what weíre tasting. Very nice, but not at all like what they are promoting. Coffee flavors were the real star here. Americna hops are more interesting in this style, but this is a unique take on the style. Personally, I would put this in the American strong ale category. Opposite of most beers in that the bitterness grew as it warmed instead of the malt. Hid alcohol incredibly well. Perfectly balance, especially in the aroma.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark read that looked nearly black in the glass with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished to a point of only tiny spots and a thing ring around the edge that somehow left good lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted malt and mild coffee; lighter dark chocolate; and light to moderate citrus hops. The initial flavor was rather sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic; while the finish was very sweet, better and acidic with a long duration. There was coffee, roasted malt, black cherry, citrus, dark chocolate, piney hops, and resinous hops. It had tons of initial flavor, but it dropped off a little in the finish. The slightly more than medium body was rather syrupy and then dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly alcoholic and lightly dry finish.
jeff789 (1401) - 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...
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Texas Liquor: Itís always nice to find a bottle thatís been wax sealed especially if itís from an unknown to my knowledge East Coast brewery. Anyways here is the beer rating
Has a lush succulent scent of darkly roasted black malts that are accompanied by a deep boozy aroma of alcohol, however, any evidence of hops are minimal and would have had me fooled that this was a hybrid IPA. Flavor is robust with a rich base of dark chocolate/roasted malts with a slight tilt in balance towards a bitter taste of hop, however, I just donít see this as a black IPA, but instead as a hopped up porter. Still tasty and satisfying none the less.
1FastSTi (3271) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Was on sale for $5 a bomber because it probably wasnít selling at $9. But I donít know why. This beer is a pretty fantastic black ipa. Pours pitch black with a creamy rocky tan head. Awesome. Pretty nice lacing. The aroma is hoppy with some nice black patent malt. Pine? The flavor is a hoppy but balanced with black patent malt ipa. Quite good actually. Medium bodied and balanced with carbonation. Charred finish.
DarkElf (3014) - 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.
halfonit (1117) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a near black color with a thick caramel colored head. Aroma is of malts, molasses, a slight roastiness, oak, vanilla, and wood chips. Flavor is more of a roasted malt stout style of brew thatís been aged in oak barrels. Caramel, vanilla, and chocolate are also present. Leaves an oaked malt finish. No hops present which is usually a must for IPAís, but it doesnít matter here, this is an all around great brew.
nbondi (197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Suttree for this one. Dark caramely brown with decent tan head. Nose of citrus, raisin, chocolate, caramel. Medium body, good carbonation. Good chocolate and dried fruit flavors with decent bitter hop bite. A departure from other black IPAís Iíve tried. Not sure it fits in that category. Alcohol is well masked. Nice, lasting chocolate covered raisin finish. Very good.
adrian910ss (2274) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a black cola with a huge foamy tan/light brown head. Aroma of light pine tar, oats, hops and malty citrus. Taste of oats, pine tar notes, citrus and malt. Excellent obscure brew.
maxwelldeux (2926) - Spokane, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a near black color with almost no head on it. Nose is hoppy up front, then a bit of chocolate hits, then some dark fruit comes through. Taste is very roasty and slightly bitter. Very smooth and pleasant to drink.