dnstone (2147) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate brown in color with a slight off-white head. Chocolate sweet, then roasty with some piney, dry hop character. Roasted aroma. A solid BIPA.
Block (1432) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I do like black IPA’s. The upfront nose and flavor is hoppy, more like a traditional IPA. The middle and finish is a bit more smooth and the malts take over. A little kick at the end.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
"Not dated...might be older...but it’s their own damn fault. I probably won’t bother with this one again. Looks the part but had a very weak nose, more light roast than anything else. Where’s the hops?! Average body and flavor. Meh."
jbuskirk (453) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Santa Fe Black IPA sure does have a nice ring to it. Though not quite black, this ale pours a very dark shade of brown and takes on a gorgeous mahogany hue when held up to light. This Black IPA is intriguing because the nose is very hop-forward but the taste is surprisingly malty. Citrusy hops do make a big impression but the strongest note is from the roasted character in the middle-back of the mouth. While the finish does revert back to fresh, fruity hops, that coffee and caramel malt kick is what is most memorable.
HuskerTan (515) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A- Hoppy, malty, roasty, pine.
A- Dark red black color, dark liquid, tan head.
T- Malty, pepper, piney, citrus, bitter.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish.
O- Surprised at the amount of malty tones in here. A good beer nonetheless.
jcos (1559) - Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Can split Ben on 5/23/2014.
Aroma: Aroma of roast and pine.
Taste: Medium bitterness, roast, some chocolate.
Palate:Medium body light body, lingering aftertaste.
Summary: My first New Mexico rating! This beer was pretty good too! Thanks Ben for sharing.
kathouse (1023) - Nevada, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby with a nice cream topping. Hop aroma is pleasant but mild. Body is a bit thin as well. A lot of malt sweetness and only traces of darker malts. Finish is where bitterness finally pops.
RABinCO (1365) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can into a nonic pint. Could smell the big roasty nose as soon as I popped the tab. Pours a nice dark brown with a thin foamy tan head. As noted, aroma is big on the roasted malt, but with a pleasant grass, citrus, and bubblegum blend as well. Pretty well-balanced. The dry hop finish really lingers. Easy drinking, solid black IPA.
ben4321 (4024) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Spec’s - Downtown, shared with jcos, 5/23/14
Aroma: The nose is roast and pine, with a good amount of coffee/chocolate
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color with a tan head and some fairly heavy lace
Flavor: The flavor is much the same, coffee/chocolate, light sweet, with clean pine bitterness
Palate: The body is light-medium, clean and smooth, with a lasting, dry finish
This is a pretty tasty, well balanced Black IPA. Enjoyable stuff. Well made. Plenty drinkable. I have no complaints, this is a nice example of the style.
chacobella (49) - Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the can this ’hoppy porter’ gives a mild vanilla aroma and looks good. This beer finishes poorly, with more vanilla and dominating over roasted flavor.
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can at home. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a slight red tint and small tan head - good lacing. Roasty, slightly tangy, piney, bready, grassy, and marshmallow aroma. Taste is toasty, moldy, cocoa, light coffee, earthy, grassy, metallic, and sourdough with a medium bitter finish. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Pretty weak black IPA.