oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a hefty beige head. Aroma holds tons of citrus and pine with backnotes of caramel, roasty cocoa nib, and bread. Resinous hops and slight lactic chocolate roast notes lead to a grassy evergreen finish. The palate is medium bodied with low carbonation. Sticky resinous finish.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle courtesy of a generous NE trader.
Pours dark, dark brown, almost completely black in the glass with a thick beige head that recedes to small cap and leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is a combination of dark chocolate malts, cocoa powder and juicy citrus hops.
The taste is a bit more astringent with some grapefruit and roasted chocolate malts, which take on a slightly bitter character. The finish is more piny and resinous than anything the aroma suggested.
The mouthfeel is excellent, medium to full bodied and very creamy but with strong carbonation.
This is one of the better dark IPAs Iíve had and the most impressive aspect is the exceptional drinkability for the 10% ABV. Tastes like chocolate covered oranges.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A nice chocolaty and very herbal/minty black IPA
How: Bottle 22oz. Purchased directly at the brewery and consumed extra-fresh a few days after the beer bottling.
The look: Near black body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose is herbal/minty with chocolate. Smells a bit like one of those digestive mint chocolate thing. Taste has roatiness, chocolaty cake malts, chocolate milk, light touch of caramel, plenty of herbal and minty hops. Bitterness level is medium and very sharp, very herbal. No alcohol presence at all despite the 10% abv. This is not excellent but this is nonetheless one the best Rock Art ever, maybe THE best Rock Art beer ever. The beer was brand new, uber-fresh and not yet on ratebeer when I drank my bottle. I bought a few bottles directly at the brewery after I took the brewery tour given by the head brewer, a woman!!! Iím not used to see a woman at the helm of the brewing aspects of a brewery. Being a true beer geek, all I know about women comes from the TV. According to maxi pad commercials, the average woman contains at least one gallon blue windshield washer fluid.
Damico (2790) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On the 1st day of Christmas, my true loved poured for me, a Black IPA from Rock Art collaborating with Hunger Mountain Coop. It pours dark black with a decent tan head. The aroma is barrel boozy almost whisky in the nose. The body is big for an IPA with flavors of dark bitter chocolate and soft black licorice notes. It is roasty and the hops come in subtly on the palate, but help round out the beer nicely.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle/22oz - Pours a very dark and opaque black/brown in color with a small tan head that quickly faded to a thin rim around the top of the beer. Aroma is surprisingly malty with hints of caramel/toffee mixed in with the grassy hops. Flavor is rich with roasted malts and medium bitter with the faint hint of hops in the profile. Nicely thick palate causes a lingering of the flavors on the tongue. Alcohol is well hidden, but it does warm the tummy once it gets there. I really like many of their beers, but I could easily see this becoming my favorite Rock Art brews! More please...
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to Arbitrator.
Pours dark brown in color with slight reddish hues and a well-formed tan head with good lacing that clings to the ticking glass.
The aroma is big awesome citrus, orange especially. Almost like an IPA with just the slightest hint of roast.
The roast and chocolate come out much bigger on the flavor. Dry and charcoaly with a big citrus hop presence and slight caramel malt.
Very nice dry mouthfeel - almost gives you cottonmouth. Medium-bodied.
Really solid Black IPA overall. Surprisingly good and easy to drink for the ABV.