obguthr (5311) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pine, charcoal, and licorice aromas in deliciously equal proportions and strengths. Cola brown, thick beige head, nice lacing. Full body. Pine and licorice flavor, charred oak, intense. Lasting bitter charcoal finish. Outstandingly bold and delicious beer. Almost too heavy to be an IDA, but itís so tasty.
SpringsLicker (3382) - Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark, clear mahogany with a sticky tan head.
Roast malt aroma, some coffee.
The flavor begins following the aroma and then the hop bitterness joins in.
Not too shabby.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle (Batch 1).: Aroma of malt, hops, slight pine, slight Earth, and some wood. Poured dark brown/mahogany in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, wood, Earth, soy, light molasses, cacao, slight hops, and roasting. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, soy, wood, finish is dry, lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Not much of an IPA. 7.6%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Cybercat (4741) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Baltic porter? Black IPA? (Actually, if you think about it, the term Black IPA is an oxymoron - something canít be pale and black at the same time.) Anyhoo, it has a very inviting aroma, strongly hoppy with a hint of fresh-cut evergreen wood and subtle notes of molasses and licorice. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Hops dominate the flavor, which is slightly bitter and has notes of molasses, licorice and coffee. In addition, it seems to have just a whisper of fruity sweetness. Texture is fizzy and lively, and body is firm if not full. Plunge into these dark depths!
jazz88 (2646) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A dark brown to black color with a nice brown head. A rich malty aroma with a nice hop character. Well balanced hop and dark malt flavors with some sweetness in the malts. Finishes dry.
radagast83 (6795) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
what is this, a 500ml bottle? Eh, whatever it is - drank the whole thing. Poured a dark brown color, with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was darkened malts, with a touch of citrus malts. Pretty good, creamy porter, with plenty of hops. On a side note (not affecting my rating of the beer), Iím not sure I like the dilution of the styles - this was just seemed like a real hopped up porter to me, not a "Baltic IPA" or whatever they call it.
BucannonXC5 (1331) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 22-oz. bottle into a pint glass. About three fingers of head. Color was black with hints of red in there. Cloudy brownish white lacing that stayed throughout the pour. Nice looking film on the sides that was wet, circular and consistent throughout the pour.
Smelled citrus hops up front. Seemed to be lemon zest more than anything else. This was mixed in with some chocolate malts. Good balance between the two main notes.
Not really anything good about the taste initially. Fairly creative, but missed pretty badly in my opinion. Started out with a bad mix of citrus hops and chocolate malts, but was instantly followed by an acidic, metallic aftertaste. I kept taking sips, but it didnít get any better.
Medium body. Creamy, yet acidic texture. Above average carbonation. Astringent finish.
After the second part of the 22-oz. bomber, I decided that it wasnít as bad as I originally though. I bumped the taste and feel up a Ĺ rating each. Still would probably not try it again.
AirForceHops (5776) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Back of the label states ď Batch 1 ď Beer is dark brown with deep ruby highlights, big tan head. Nice retention, some lacing with moderate carbonation. Aroma is mildly hoppy, a little pine, mostly noble hops. Flavor has roasted malts throughout with a bit of bitter chocolate and is backed by a nice fresh grass/pine hop notes. Citrus notes in the finish. Is this the biggest, boldest, most hoppy black IPA / porter you will ever drink, no BUT it is a nice way to introduce a different style to the masses. ( or a buddy who is just starting in craft brew) Really blurs the lines of a style. Interesting and a real easy drinker for me. I love what Mr. Koch has been doing the last few years, well done Sir!
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I didnít think this was terrible at first. It had some great rich flavors and somewhat fresh piney and citrusy hops, however something definitely didnít sit right half way through the beer.
Ughsmash (7504) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured clear medium-deep brown with a short, dense tan head. The aroma picked up burnt black patent and licorice malts topped by fresh, green citrus and lesser floral hoppage.. bright hoppage over what seemed like a solid base porter.. no complaints. The flavor found more burnt licorice at the core than anything else.. bright grapefruit and other fruity bitterness around.. like the aroma, it came across very fresh.. roast and green bitterness on the long, well-balanced finish. Medium-bodied, dry, bitter, and roasty on the palate.. not my favorite style, but it was put together well.