ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a cola color. A tall (3 fingers), fluffy mocha-shaded head caps the body off well. Retention is pretty good, and the lacing left behind is monstrous.
S: At first, itís fairly chocolaty, but once itís allowed to open up, it develops a strong note of hop-derived lemongrass. I really donít pick up much Belgian yeast, sadly. Still, this has a very intriguing nose.
T: Thereís less chocolate than the nose suggested - in fact, the dark malt qualities are really buried beneath the hop flavors. Thatís not exactly a bad thing. Here, they donít sneak up on you; instead, the lemon, grass, white grape, and subtle (sadly, too subtle for me) tropical fruit notes play well with the doughy yeast notes and low bitterness. Only a slight note of toast on the back end. Itís well balanced when itís chilled, but the trademark Sorachi Ace flavors (read: lemongrass) tend to overly dominate once this warms up. Not bad, though.
M: Itís creamy with a good (not overly heavy) body and carbonation that isnít overbearing. The finish isnít very dry, but thankfully yeast astringency is kept in check. I wouldnít call it easy to drink.
O: This oneís okay. I think itís main problem is that the concept is more interesting (Belgian-style Black IPA with highfalutiní Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin hops) than the actual brew itself. For this to be a total success, I reckon it would need more Nelson Sauvin notes, a bit more roast, and a drier finish.
Darkmagus82 (1783) - - SEP 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-24-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance ĖThe beer pours a deep-deep brown nearly black color with a huge billowy brownish colored head. The head fades quite slowly, leaving a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell ĖThe aroma is of darker roasted malts and chocolate mixed with a Belgian yeasty smell with lots of spice. Along with these smells there are some grassy hop and herbal smells as well as some earthy notes.
Taste Ė The taste begins nice and roasty with a nice roasted malt and lighter sweeter chocolate flavor. With these flavors, there is a lighter Belgian yeast and spice flavor of clove and coriander which grow a bit stronger as the flavor advances more toward the middle of the taste. A bit of banana and some pine join the taste more toward the middle, with the pine growing stronger as the flavor advances. Toward the end the chocolate increases a bit and is joined by a rather stronger coffee taste as well as some herbal and earthy hop that in the end create a nice blend of roast and bitter leaving a very satisfying roasted, kinda sweet, but nicely bittered taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The creamier body and lower carbonation combo are quite nice for the roasted malt and chocolate flavors of the brew as well the blend of hop flavors that are present in the beer.
Overall Ė While not a hop powerhouse, it has a wonderful roasted flavor as well as enough hop to keep it an IPA all while having a good sweetness to balance everything out.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Canít tell this was so strong. Solid entry, good deal, couldnít really tell it was Belgian though. Maybe a touch dry in the end but the flavor (while good) was muddled enough that any Belgian yeast was indistinct. Just ended up a black ipa that tasted like it used spicy hop varieties with a good dose of dark malt. Poured near black with big khaki head. I liked the old India ink better than this, but this was good."
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black colored pour with a tan head. Lively carbonation; malty, chocolate roasted flavors with of course, hops. Bitter, thick, and a sipper of an IPA. Not really my favorite style, but it works.
jimbad6 (17) - IRELAND - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
350ml bottle. Strong aroma, hops, roast malt, coffee, some citrus. Taste is the same. Medium carbonation .Bordering on stout?
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Now this is a black IPA. It could easily pass for a stout in appearance, and it produces a truly beautiful fluffy, light brown head and thereís just enough stickiness to form some really thick, sexy lacing in places. The nose offers some roasted malts up front, which quickly balances out with some sweet, caramel/toffee sweetness. Something else, an alcoholic, fermented fruitiness deep in the aroma reminds me of a Tempranillo.
The flavor is phenomenal for a black IPA. This is easily my favorite of the style, even if it leans Belgian. I often feel like Iím in search of the perfect black IPA, and sometimes, even often, remark at how a black IPA is really good - but this one has to top the bill.
Some cocoa-like roasted malts form the base of the malt flavor, with a very distinctive herbal, citrusy lemon hop presence blending extremely well with the malts mid-palate. Sorachi Ace hops seem to really be amped up in this beer, but the complimenting heft and flavor of the malts really make this beer work. Itís truly impressive. Finally a dry, toasted/heavily roasted malt flavor, sans burnt bitterness, finishes out the flavor.
pdx77 (1417) - Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Roscoeís for Sierra Nevada Summit/Tap Takeover. Deep chocolatey black with dark tan head. Aroma is very dark roasted malt, coffee, and citrus. Taste is chocolate, roasted peanut, lightly smoked dark malt, yeast, and some fruity light citrus notes. Very chocolatey and fruity in the finish.
ansalon (1558) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a low tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, honey, brown sugar, citrus, tropical fruit, slight acidity. Taste is chocolate, citrus, brown sugar, slight funk, dark red berries. Mouthfeel is quite dry with low carbonation.
mkel07 (3640) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle at Newstead Brewing. Pours a thin black colour with a tan head. Hop aromas dominate. Spiced fruit flavours are pleasing.
AndyReynolds (904) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complex...much more than the aroma gives away. There you have it, thatís what Iíve got, you fucking sick ass savages. The end <drops microphone>.
arnold931 (600) - Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Third Base Brewery. Pours black with tan head. Nose has some roast. Taste is mild bitterness with some chocolate. Nice balanced beer.