murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2011 On tap @ Rattle N Hum.
Black opaque with a thick tan head that laces nicely. Aroma of roasty malts, chocolate, raisins, with some piney hops. Full bodied, hops come out a bit more on the palate, bit of malty sweetness along with some coffee/smoke. Finish is mostly hoppy and somewhat bitter. Strong but well balanced, quite complex and enjoyable.
zdk (1789) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at Blind Tiger SN event (as the RnH collaboration) - arouma is piney and floral, lots of chocolate roast. Finishes floral and astringent. Smooth bodied with nice licorice and brandy-like.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Blind Tiger as the RnH collaboration Black IPA. Patrick went to brew this with SN! Pours a nice deep dark black with pretty nice head and good retention. Aroma is chocolate and light roast with a good amount of hops coming through- spicy, herbal, lots of citrus but I also get some pickle and pickling spices out of the aroma as well which was unexpected but not bad. Flavor is a good amount of malt character- chocolate, toast, sweet, but not too much to cover the hops completely- some earth, citrus, grapeskin, pickle, dill, with a slight hallertauer herbal flowery thing going on and licorice note in the end. Finish is mostly smooth with just a slight prickly tingle on the tongue and lips- moderate bitterness as well. Slightly unique and different for a black IPA.
azorie (4) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap with the maker Steve at kickbacks in Jacksonville.
as a non IPA lover and all that i did not have any thoughts before trying this beer.
Appearance: served in tulip type (duval glass) o much head, was very cold
dark porter looking beer, on a swill your get a average head, off white creamy
I get a earthly, caramel, molasses hit in the nose.
Drinking it I get the hops they are there Motueka hops, very nice not citrus or piney at all, I guess its why i liked it, its not a typical pine tar bomb the WC folks love so much. i get a pepsi cola, sweetness in the taste. some red wine and port flavors, and some honey, the hops and yeast very earthy but not overpowering.
the palate was creamy and medium body with lively carnation, and slightly bitter finish.
overall drinkable black /porter like IPA i enjoyed it.
TeamTrappist (829) - jericho, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Blind Tiger Poured a dark brown/black with a thin beige head. Nose had some medium hop notes. Flavor has solid hop notes with light floral flavors and some caramel. The caramel adds a hint of sweetness but this ends with a smooth and lingering bitter finish.
italarican (1155) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at RnH. Beautiful black pour with a creamy and bright beige head. Aroma has more pine hops than citrus, but both are prominent. Also some coffee malt qualities. Flavor is similar: a mix of pine and citrus hops with some roasted malt to smooth it out. Hoppy punch that gently fades. This is very good.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger, of all places. Acetone in the aroma is most unwelcome, but there is a little bit of spicy hop there. Hard to even drink with how dominant the acetone is. It only got like this after having a chance to breathe.
JaBier (4352) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub on 8/4/10. Pours a clear brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of molasses and chocolate with grassy hops. Chocolate flavor up front giving way to grassy hop and a bitter cocoa finish.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 10, 2010
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Had on tap at the brewpub. How is this supposed to be an IPA? Even a black IPA at that should at least have some robust hop character. The description calls it a "bold and bracing blast of citrusy hops." Yet, nowhere in the beer were any hops to be found. There was the slightest hint of hops on the nose, but the second you taste it, it’s all sugary-sweet malts. Based on the two other reviews, I’m not quite sure what happened from glass to glass, but this beer is a complete mess. The taste is nothing but sugary sweetness. It’s quite off-putting and with no hops to balance it, it’s really tough to drink. I even thought about sending this one back as I couldn’t finish it. The finish is just pure sweetness as if the yeast never even had a chance to work on the sugar and I’m just completely perplexed by the fact that they call this an IPA as any and all hop characteristics are missing. There’s no citrus. No pine. No floral. Just pure, unadulterated sugar and an aftertaste that rivaled the vanilla malt shake I got after this beer. Never again on this one. A waste of a pint glass.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample rating, at Sierra Nevada. Pours a dark, clear, cola-brown color; fine-bubbled light-tan head with solid lacing. Nicely rounded, debittered dark malts in the nose; chocolate and cola, a quiet citrus hop character; seems soft in the aroma, overall, lacking any sharp edges from either the darker malts of the hop bitterness. Medium-full body; relaxed-to-medium carbonation; solid, charred and chocolatey malt presence, along with a piney and juicy citrus hop note; seamless integration with a touch of alcoholic warmth. A pretty solid black IPA, though I still don’t really see the compelling nature of debittered dark malts...; this doesn’t have nearly the oomph of something like the Deschutes Hop in the Dark. Lengthy finish: charred malts, nicely toasty, lingering citrus and minerals; nicely dry.