Strykzone (4219) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. A black pour with a tan head. A fairly bold aroma of chocolate and roasted malts and citrus hops. This is interesting at the start. Swampy and citrus flavors. Dark fruit and yeast. Some of that Baltic darkness is tasted. This is interesting and enjoyable. A bit of spice in the hops is nice. Some chocolate fudge pops up from somewhere. This is as good a Black IPA as I have had. Cudos to Sam Adams.
puboflyons (1687) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Batch Number 1. The pour was a slightly agitated and heady dark brown with ruby red highlights when held to the light. The head eventually settles down. The aroma is full of dark malts and vibrant hops. It smells clean. The body is is bold. Thy taste is sharply bitter swith a lingering bite on the end.
scottw86 (1039) - Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark brown almost black with a light-tan frothy head. Aroma has chocolate malts, sprice, pine and other malty flavors. Some raisins as well. Taste is very creamy and smooth with some dry hoppy tastes. Quite earthy with chocolate. Some caramel and plums in the finish. Aftertaste of toast.
SudsMcDuff (5375) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
that was a pirates way of saying -you’ve had your chips! .. . Pours a deep plum .. large to medium head, lacing is impressive .. . burnt maple, dark spices, light burnt to a crisp vanilla, deep earth, and dark resin .. . gave a pint of blood today .. . decent feel to it, this is just a fancier black ipa- but it was nice .. . . Oh..ah..there was...there was a ghost! The..Ectoplasm. Did you see the ghost? Ran through here and slimed me.
r464 (1655) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark with a hint of ruby red and a thick tan head. Roasty but punchy with a malty toast flavor that leads to a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Very full.
blutt59 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, dark brown walnut color with bitter pine and cocoa aroma, buttery waffles, pine needles and coffee flavor
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, peat, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, pine, caramel, light peat, and citrus.
unclemattie (3915) - Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Sam Adams bottle, Batch #1. Vintage 2012. Black pour. Thick creamy brown colored head. Aroma of berries, burnt malts, and citrus hops. Tastes of berries, sweet sugary fruit, citrus hops. Not as much dark malt flavor as I had expected. Mostly hop flavors, nice Simcoe© character. Smooth and creamy texture. Heavy bodied. I don’t really see Sam Adams making more of this, mostly because I like it so much. (3272)
unclemike (2074) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a great looking mostly black body with a large frothy dark beige head. Aroma is cola, toast, citrus rind and hint of chocolate. Fuller bodied with stronger carbonation, milkshake thick like fullness on this one. Flavor is a bit better than the aroma, lots of citrus rind, toast, chocolate, cola, grains. Solid beer,
superspak (1930) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip, batch 1. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, and herbal hops; with a bit of roasted malt and caramel in the background. Decent aromas but was hoping for more dark malt presence. Taste of grapefruit, pine, herbal, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, and a bit of coffee. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, roasted malt, and dark fruit on the finish for a bit. Some nice roasted malt backbone in the taste, but the hop flavors are still most prominent. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lush mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall a very nice Black IPA, with plenty of flavor. I was hoping for a bigger roasted malt backbone, but it was still a very enjoyable offering.