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 (4287) - 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 can’t 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 (2628) - 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 (6103) - 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), I’m 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 (1163) - 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 didn’t 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 wasn’t as bad as I originally though. I bumped the taste and feel up a ½ rating each. Still would probably not try it again.
AirForceHops (4995) - 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 “ Batch 1 “ 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 didn’t think this was terrible at first. It had some great rich flavors and somewhat fresh piney and citrusy hops, however something definitely didn’t sit right half way through the beer.
Ughsmash (7426) - 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.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a light brown head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma. Light chocolate and grapefruit flavor with light pine and light darker malts. Medium bodied. Light chocolate and toffee lingers with grapefruit and light pine.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle: Pours a clear dark mahogany with clingy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet light caramel malty nose with some piny hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and a dark sugary malty sweetness with some resiny bittering hops, finishing drier and bittersweet with a touch of grainy malts. Not as clean or smooth as I’d like in a black IPA, but certainly not offensive.