bnoel09 (438) - Elk Grove, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown/black pour. Aroma is a nice blend of roasted malt and grassy and resinous hops. Flavor is chocolate and roasted malts, with the grassy and resinous hops coming through again. Medium bodied. Overall a decent black IPA, but a little too mild.
Dogbrick (8239) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. Pours brownish-black with a medium beige head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and hops. Medium body with flavors of biscuit malt, herbal hops and a bit of chocolate. The finish is charred malt up front and leaves a short hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.
Thisis12ptfont (849) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, burnt malts and roasted coffee aroma. Deep blackish brown appearance with a massive foam top. Off the bat, way too carbonated. Aside from that, its got some dark molassess, caramel and coffee in the back. Overall, this is way too carbonated to even enjoy. I’m suprised the bottle didnt burst from the pressure. C rating.
HughConway (804) - 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 (883) - 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 (4579) - 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 (6858) - 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 (716) - 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 (4923) - 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