HughConway (739) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2012
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bomber Bottle. Pours black, tan head. Malt and peanut butter aroma. Taste of malt. Really no hops I can discern, more like a schwarzbier or a porter than a "Black IPA"
BucannonXC5 (731) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Lots of head, maybe four or five fingers. Color was basically black. Light brown cloudy lacing. Lots of film on the sides, brown, wet and sporadic.
An interesting mix on the nose of citrus hops (more lemon or lime than anything else) and dark chocolate malts. A bit of a toffee/caramel sniff as well. Maybe even a bit of mint in there, too, or just some wishful thinking?
Tasted fairly similar to the nose, although not as much citrus hops (still lemon or lime). A lot more stouty and coffee than dark chocolate. Still got that mint taste as well.
Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.
A better beer overall than I anticipated. A couple of my ratings could have gone either way, but all in all it was a decent beer.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rating #19. Thick, dark black pour with light brown head and some decent lacing. Nice light roast aroma, light fruits as well, very mild and very pleasant. Modetate bitterness and more light roast with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Pretty tasty stuff. (2262)
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A pretty solid initial aroma and flavor, reminiscent of an Imperial Stout. The flavor is where you first get the hops. It starts out with the heaviness of a stout as well, but the finish is more bitter and lighter. A pretty good beer, esp. for only 6.5%
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Blackish beer witha brown head. Malt and grapefruit aroma with light chocolate and dust. Grapefruit and pine lingers with malt and light chocolate. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light chocolate and light dirt.
J_man (649) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black as night with a beautiful garnet tinge under a bright light. Topped with a rocky, foamy medium tan head, the aromas are charred wood and chocolate with a bit of a vegetal note. Those follow through in the taste with a touch of molasses and licorice. The body is quite dry with a bitterness that seems partly hops and partly charred grain. A citrus/grapefruit bitterness finally reveals itself as the beer warms. Washes out nice and dry with residual char and light bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol is on the light side for a Black IPA, but the way this is constructed it is perfectly appropriate. Very tasty!
Sledutah (4063) - Utah, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Davis Graduate
Appearance: Black with a medium sized tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, caramel and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate and piney
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from total wine. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Flavor is heavy on chocolate. A bit earthy and piney. reminds more of a hoppy porter.
Oscbert (961) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
~Resinous piney hop aroma with chocolate and roast in background.
~Pours black with small creamy brown lasting head.
~More roast in flavor than in aroma. Roasty, slightly burnt malty flavor, tar and tobacco, with big backbone of piney resinous hops.
~Full to medium bodied with med low CO2, some astringency, lasting burnt and resinous tar finish.
~Not my favorite style of beer, but this one was enjoyable. Could only drink one.
JohnnyJ (4040) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Mostly clear dark brown, with light tan head. Citrus, dry chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and piney hops. Medium body. Ok