thetmaxx (705) - 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.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) very dark brown with soapy tan bubbles. Nose of umami, brown sugar, sweet, hoppy, and orange peel. Taste of chocolate, moderately rich, slight metal, bitter dark chocolate. Nice mouthfeel and linger.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours an opaque dark brown (near black) body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, light char, grapefruit, and pine. Flavor of roasted malt, char, grass, and citrus with a dry, bitter finish.
Cavie (3548) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye and BMan1113VR. Pours a very dark brown to red color. Light ring of tannish head. Aroma is sweet coffee ground, roasted malts and a fading gentle hopped sensation. Flavor is very roasted and slightly smoky. Small hop flavor on the palate. Finishes dry and roasted.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from K&B. Deep brown, almost black with a creamy beige head that left behind some nice lacing. Nice piny hop nose with a good amount of roasted malts in the for and back ground. Roasty on the palate with lite - medium hop bitterness in the finish.
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours with a roasty black body and a thick light brown, creamy head. Good lace left on the glass. Aromas of pine, citrus (orange essence), baked bread, roast, coffee grounds, espresso. Maybe a bit too much roast (We will see). Flavor is at first, big, acrid, roasty, acidic roasted malts. Next sip still has the acidic and acrid character but adds some roast and bitterness (maybe some citrus hops). Final impression is still outwardly acidic dark roast. Really acrid. Light citrus character. Oppressive bitterness which is mainly from the roast. Not super pleasant. Medium bubbles. Roasty finish. Not my favorite beer of this style by a long shot. At this point its kind of a mess.
DYCSoccer17 (3156) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 ounce sample on tap at the brewpub. Roasted chocolate notes in the nose is predominant. Some grapefruity "C" hops are also present in the background. Lightly sweet. Moderately transparent dark dark mahogany body with garnet hues. Small light tan head. Starts a little citrus before there are scant Simcoe hop hemp notes. This then becomes super roasty and burnt in the middle. Finishes with very bitter burnt grapefruit hop flavors. A little harsh with the burnt flavors. The burnt malt character dominates the hop profile, which basically makes this more of a hoppy porter than a Black IPA. This is full-bodied.
marcus (5608) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Corti Bros. Pours jet black with a rich tan head and a citrus and treacle aroma. There is a complex flavor with elements of molasses, nutty dark malt and a piny hop finish. Interesting and tasty.
bhensonb (9822) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewpub. Nice hoppy aroma - seems resiny. Opaque blackish color with a decent dark tan head. The flavor is bright hop - kiwi -citrus - pine. Maybe it is mostly citrus? Definitely not grapefruit. The afterflavor seems kiwi, almost strawberry. The malt is very darkly toasted. There is a light sweetness, but the finish is dry, and that fruity, hoppy bitter carries on and on. Thre’s flat lacing as the glass empties. After awhile that old Guinness toast flavor accumulates to offset the hop a bit. The flavors shift with time. My tongue was strongly stimulated on the top service. Wonderful stuff.