superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled on 3/15/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of deep roasted malt and citrus/pine hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light char, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of citrus/pine hops and big roasted malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice double Black IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and big roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Pailhead (4606) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy chocolate and caramel with the slightest touch of citrus. It pours a muddy brown with some orange highlights and a two finger beige head that fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There have a good amount of thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy chocolate and caramel. The finish has some light roasted malt, light pine, and a touch of citrus. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, this isn’t bad, but it’s way too malty for my Black IPA preferences.
Corrinado711 (78) - - MAY 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deeply black with thin creamy tan head. Aroma of floral hops and light malt. Taste is sour, bitter flowery hops and a bitter aftertaste. Pretty thick Mouthfeel.
0R9H3U5 (24) - Hudsonville, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent tatse, pretty much no smell. Very hoppy for a black IPA which I enjoyed.
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ChiGuy68 (394) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from a 12oz bottle (Thanks Mike & George). It poured a deep, dark brown with a lighter brown head and heavy lacing. Has a rich chocolate malt aroma and a hopped chocolate taste with a touch of coffee. Saugatuck put this one together nicely.
tompete (206) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a solid black with a begs head. Aroma of roast malts, a hint of chocolate and a sour almost ammonia smell. Flavour is salty and heavy dark malt, while the body is medium to thin. Finish is slightly bitter, possibly more from the malts than the hops. Not IPAish to me.
b3shine (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to tulip. Looks good for the style; a mostly opaque dull black with foamy beige head that slowly dissipates into sticky lacing. Smells and tastes of dark malt, chocolate, roast, and hops with an average mouthfeel. A solid Black IPA.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown with a thin tan head that goes away slowly and leaves some lacing to boot. Aroma of citrus, nuts, chocolate and brown sugar. Taste is balanced with chocolate, dark roasted malts, citrus and a moderate bitter finish.
rubbishystuff (1802) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the brewpub. Black in color and lots of roasted bitterness and then some bitter hops to finish it off. Decent for the style which I’m getting less into. Serving: Bottle
juicyhops (48) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. March 2013. Chocolate and dusty cocoa with a hint of mint on the nose. Muddy dark brown color. Great taste of classic chocolate stout flavors and well balanced bitterness and a long rich finish. Medium to full body.