jbruner (2316) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black on tap, with a thick off white head and little lacing. Aroma was malty, with fruit and roasted notes, with a bit of a piney citrus backbone. Taste was the hops up front, and finished with the fruit and malty notes. Clean on the palate but wanted a bit more bite personally. Interesting beer, surprised its from Sam Adams.
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice black IPA that pours dark and has a head that goes on forever. Smell is of roast and alcohol. Good hops flavor and not too thick of a base. Nice beer for the style, right in the middle.
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells grapefruit, grass and slightly sweet. It poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Taste is really intense almost grape like taste immediately followed by the citrusy hops and finishes with the malt flavor. Feels medium bodied and slighly oily in the mouth.
thicksuds (427) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
solid black IPA, could use a little more intensity with the hops, but all in all a nice tasting beer, a bit fruity, nice malt balance, but again just missing a little bit of overall intensity for a black IPA, so its not top tier but almost there.
bytemesis (3152) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber-brown with a large tan head with good staying power and lacing. aroma of grapefruit, roasted malts, grass. Taste is dominated by roasted malts and citrus hops, with notes of caramel and chocolate. Bitter finish.
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ redlight redlight. Piney hops on the Bose with hints of dark roasted malts. Pours black with a thick off white head. Hoppy upfront with dark fruit and some mild astringency. Not bad
Scrapersnbeer (1481) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hopology #3. Aroma of toasted malt, oats and some floral contrast. Dark brown as opposed to black. ops come through more on the first sip, though itís not any worse than the average IPA for bitterness.This beer also also some elements of the heavy Baltic-style porters from the Poles and Fins. Having tried a few black IPAs, Iíll say this is the least extreme yet. Nonetheless, it is heavy and not easily approachable .
bconch (290) - - MAY 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby to brown pour with thick creamy head. Nose is hoppy citrus. Taste is as described: a hoppy porter. Nothing is bad but nothing stands out either.
Indra (2617) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle. Aroma of roasty, darkly sweet malts and fruity, floral hop, featuring notes of cola, licorice, cocoa and toffee in the background. Clear deep, dark brown in color, with a foamy, lasting, light tan head that leaves gobs of lacing behind. Flavor profile is fairly smooth and well-integrated, certainly a rather laid back interpretation of the style, with a good balance of malt roast, mild sweetness, dark chocolate and coffee aspects, earthiness, dark fruity tones, flowery, gently citric hop and some mild to moderate bitterness appearing late. Very faint cherry, smoke and black licorice character lingering after the finish. Smooth, semi-dry and fairly thick on the palate, body is full. Really pretty interesting and tasty. Not your typical Black IPA either -- guessing that the lager yeast has a lot to do with that.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice foaming action on a dark amber body. Good hoppy notes in the mid finish, effervescent alcohol. Long, lingering mellowness. Good.