Damico (2619) - 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 (3561) - 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.