dwyerpg (4831) - 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 (7401) - 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 (785) - 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 (6013) - 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 (1130) - 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 (4886) - 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
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black color/ lasting tan head. Pine, floral, dry chocolate aromas. Light to medium bodied. Dry black malt, semi sweet chocolate flavors with pine, caramel. Drying bitter finish--decent.
alexanderj (3407) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; poured a black color with a huge enormous head. LIngered forever. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, earthy hops. As these hybrids go, the flavor initially impressed me in the subtleties. A nice balanced between the roasted and hoppy notes.
thetmaxx (773) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle into a shaker. Aroma is of hops, citrus hops. Flavor takes the "dark side"of this black ipa on that it is almost pure roast flavors, coffee, somebitterness. Overall well balance with the roast and hops. Really really good example of a black ipa.