Fritz123 (1274) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca Raton, FL. Poured into a pint glass at home. Jet black pour with a mocha looking head. Head gone in about 45 seconds but some rim left. Some lacing as well. Aroma is a serious roasted malt, mocha, coffee, and pine resin. The taste was very hoppy with fresh pine, bitterness that can either be a hop or like coffee grounds, hint of caramel, roasted malts and prunes. Its a little rough on the palate (although I burnt my tongue on a funnel cake earlier so maybe itís just me. LOL) But it was very bitter and almost unpleasant on the palate. Finish is tasty and bitter. Overall it was pretty good.
Ratman197 (10922) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, charcoal, light pine and light grapefruit. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, charcoal, earthiness and light grapefruit with a smooth dry bitter lingering roasty finish.
obguthr (4451) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Toejam, pine, charred oak, and pencil shavings nose. Cola black, thin tan head. Smoky charred oak. Pencil shavings finish. Very light body, harsh mouthfeel, aspirin level bitterness. A pretty good stab at the style, but there are some execution issues.
jflopsu (772) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with light tan head. A light coffee and malt aroma. A malty, coffee, taste with citrus hops. A light bitter aftertaste but not overwhelming.
BroSpud (1827) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz screwtop bottle. Pours black (as it should) with an off white head. Middle of the road black IPA but this is a style that I really like so middle of the road is still fine with me.
gdubu493 (48) - New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: awesome grapefruit nose Appearance: dark, thin, two finger head, foamy caramel lacing Taste: grapefruit, burnt/char, bitter, as an IPA should be Palate: thin, not as dry as most IPAs Overall: not the black IPA I was hoping for, still a damn good beer
DocLock (8420) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours highly carbonated dark brown with tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt, resiny hops, cacao. Tastes resiny, piney, with dark malt, cacao, bitter finish. This one blasts you with IBUs from pillar to post, and will keelhaul your ass if you arenít careful, you limey heathen!
adasko (890) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super aromat chmielowy, owocowy, a do tego prażone nasiona. Świetna prezencja, piana jednak kiepska. W smaku brakuje nieco goryczki, ale sprawia wrażenie jasnego piwa.
tfontana (83) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Signal Variety, Plaistow, NH. Aroma is herbal hoppy with hints of pine. Appearance is clear, very dark reddish brown--almost completely black, with thin creamy beige head with mild retention and fair lacing. Taste is moderately bitter with light sweetness. Palate is medium bodied with creamy texture but initially is too carbonated--stingy on the tongue that takes away from appreciating flavor. Finish is mostly bitter with hint of sweet and long. Overall, sweet maltiness balances off the hoppiness, which you would expect from the genre, and makes it more enjoyable to me than a straight IPA. Too much carbonation detracts from it but it is definitely an above-average beer.
radio_nowhere (1057) - Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at Cherry Blossom Beer & Wine fest, deep black color with off-white head. Aroma notes of strong pine hope, smoky roasted malt and light chocolate. Taste adds resin, char and coffee. Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, dry with piney roast finish. Pretty solid black IPA.
chinchill (2774) - South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle.
This is a well-crafted, centrist Black IPA with no apparent flaws. Mildly bitter. Medium body and carbonation. Lingering mix of equal parts hops and dark roasted grains in the aftertaste.