b3shine (8052) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at the brewpub. This beer is listed as Sammy Jay’s Black IPA on the beer list, which I assumed was Samuel Jackson’s Black IPA, and that has entry been merged to this beer. Looks solid; a lightly translucent cola with thin light beige head that dissipates into thin lacing pretty quickly. Smells of dark malt, chocolate, roast, and mild hops; a nice balance, even if it’s not super hop-forward. Tastes like it smells, but a bit hoppier. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. A solid example of the style.
Tmoney99 (13344) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at IBGWF 12. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly diminished with minimal lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted and complex hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy toasted bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bitter finish of medium duration. Good brew.
Travlr (21199) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source, as Samuel Jackson. Black, thick brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of pine, burnt coffe. Taste is chocolate covered coffee grounds, in a good way. Decent.
zoltan023 (11) - Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Served on tap in a pint glass. Nearly no head at all. Just a creamy white foam on top. Black in color. It tastes of a bitter light roast. The most overpowering taste is bakers chocolate. Not as hoppy as I would expect from an IPA.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap and served in pint glass: Nearly opaque with a small frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of peaty earthiness, herbal and catty hops, minty, peppery, slight roast and a bit phenolic and medicinal. The taste has a sharp herbal hop bite, some acidic fruits, syrupy, bready and chocolate malts. Light spicy finish but again seems too medicinal and catty which hurt an otherwise fine flavor profile. The mouth feel is actually softer than expected, needs more body. Promising but lacks complexity in the end, a tad muddled.