Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Taps 25, Lansing. Deep garnet body, thick puffy light brown head. Nose of chocolate and pine, tannic and leafy. Sharp woody, piny body, pillowy and sweet with chocolate, charred sugars, and sticky gum-like candy. A black IPA on steroids, but the alcohol is not especially prominent.
wchesser (1143) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extra from flandersned! Thanks, Steve. Nice roast and hop nose. Hop attack then bitter roast and chocolate then nice hoppy finish. Great black IPA.
BodaciousB (2) - - MAR 8, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An amazing beer. Just a huge mouthfull. Not much hops, but a little at the end give it a very nice finishing touch. Can’t remember the smell.
Houle (11) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
black barley wine, smooth hop flavors moonlighting as a stout.
A black barley wine, well hopped and full bodied with prominent flavors of roasted malt and chocolate.
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle shared by pantanap. Thanks, dude! Pours a deeper darker blackish hue, middle is hazy with toasty, gentle roasty malts. Gentle ruby and copper glow on the edges and bottom. Firm dryness, florals and mellow citrus. A good roasty dose hits the nose. Gentle citrus. Initial is lighter end of medium, with toasty malts, gentle roast, with grapefruit, florals, firm bitterness. Middle shows citrus, dry pine and florals in moderate amount. Some dryness, cocoa, dry roastiness and earth pine, floral. Some dryness, roast, citrus and firmer resiny pine. Good flavors. Good dryness. Roast. Tasty.
deyholla (6577) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Mike. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of musty pine and resin with dark earthy grains underlying. Flavor starts with earthy dark grains and roasted malts with a finish of earthy pine and a touch of resin.
RABinCO (1200) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Suchy3! Pours black with a nice slight tan head. Big, fresh hop aroma with a nice roasted malt balance and a bit of bubblegum on the back. Taste is fresh grass, citrus, bubblegum, roasted malts and a slight hit of chocolate. Everything really comes together nicely on the palate and lasts for awhile. A very well-rounded black IPA with a slightly hefty ABV that doesn’t get in the way.
574deadzone (1023) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to a good buddy for scoring this for me. Pours completely black with a slowly forming toffee-mocha head that settles slowly leaving some soapy lace behind. Nose of deep dark chocolate, pine forest, resin, tropical fruit, very light roasted malt notes, maybe some molasses. Taste is initially pretty sweet but then quite bitter. Heavier bodied, full, slick, oily, viscous, creamy, bright with hoppiness, softer on the carb, with a very long hoppy and chocolaty bitter finish. This, to me, is the perfect Black IPA. The hops and malts mesh perfectly, and I love the combination of the dark chocolate flavors with the hoppy bitterness. Amazing.
rforhan127 (2) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This is just a great beer, a lot of hops in the aroma, flavor is very balanced between hops and malt. I may be a little biased because I love black ipa’s but Short’s really did a great job on this one. One of the best beers I’ve had in awhile, very drinkable
superspak (2543) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 1/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, orange zest, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, orange rind, and floral hops. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, orange zest, orange rind, cocoa, light char, floral, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, pine, citrus zest, cocoa, char, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted malt and hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial Black IPA. Great balance and complexity of roasted malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering as expected.