HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2010
2.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black IPA on tap at the Pruneyar Brewpub. Very dark brown pour, almost black. Thin head with ok lacing. Faint roast nose with no detectable hops. Moderate coffee roast and moderate hop bitterness flavor.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub. Black with a small beige head. The aroma is just a nbit messy really, with the light roast of the (I’m assuming) debittered black malt pretty much squashing the hops. There is some citrus, but is is equal parts with chocolate and caramel corn. Not bad, but not really IPA worthy. Maybe a little halloween though? The flavor is better, with lots of grapefruit-laden hops coming through the middle and finish. The malt had a nice dry chocolate character that helps lead into the nice hop bitterness in the finish. The flavor is overall nicely hoppy for an IPA, but the aroma just seems to suffer because of the roasted malt not clicking with the hops. Pleasant, but far from the top of the new "black IPA" style.