freekyp (1411) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with a tiny tan head. Aroma of toffee, chocolate and coffee. Starts roasty with strong, long, sharply bitter finish. Tight carbonation.
Barrios (1241) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a lacing tan head with a black body. Aromas of roasted malt, piney hops, and a little citrus hops. Flavor is toasted, roasted malts, hint of brown sugar and apple, some piney and citrusy hops. Finish has some bitterness but a forward, and lasting, dryness.
keepersj12 (2240) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This seems to be the latest rage in styles. I thought this one was pretty good. Pours a very dark almost black color with a small tan head. The aroma is very malty with some chocolate and coffee. The flavor starts out that way but then gives way to a pretty good hop kick. It is fairly light for the style and quite easy to drink.
jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2011
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Medium dirty brown ugly with no head... Very light nose of sweet dark fruits, plums, a little hops, mostly dead.... Taste is terrible, really not much else to say, light caramel, horrible hot bitter hops, terrible finish... Just pass on this
blipp (4782) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Piney hoppy aroma with light roasted malts. The flavor has bitter hops, piney notes, and hard roasted malts. Pretty good.
swoopjones (4201) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. darker pour. roasted malt aroma with hints of citrus hops. taste is roasty with nice bitterness. Hint of soapy flavor in thhe finish. Decent, enough Black IPAís already
3fourths (6939) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft. dark chestnut brown. chewy toffee and caramel malt with assertive American hop bitterness: pungent cheese rind and resinous hop oil. chocolate malt fudge and cake flavors with husky and harsh high acid chinook hop bitterness. well attenuated with firm and frothy cookie dough malt. good support.
presario (4406) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Big light brown cream head on almost black liquid. Aroma seems quiet with traces of dark roasted malt emerging. Taste like swarzbier up front and then rolling waves of strong dark roast coffee/barley and moderate hops. Tasty and drinkable but not in a Black IPA way, more of a big brown.
Travlr (7975) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Churchkey. Dark maroon color. Aroma of pine and charcoal. Taste is a nice balance between bitterness and charred malt. I like black IPAs!
HonkeyBra (2483) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber. Dark brown almost black pour with a big tan fluffy head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, some pine and resiny hops. The flavor is bitter, and seems to derive its bitterness from a combination of the roasty malt and hops. Some chocolate malt, a bit of leafy hops, and an apparent undeterminable bitterness also in the flavor. This beer is fairly one-dimensional in the flavor. Just ROAST AND BITTER. Not much finesse or anything of interest as I continue sipping. Pillowy mouthfeel. Disappointing.