Darkmagus82 (1957) - - OCT 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-23-14-
My second of the new brews sierra included in their IPA 12 pack
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown, nearly black, color with a huge billowy cream colored foamy head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of hop smells of a pine and earth with a hint of a citrus grapefruit. Along with the hop are some darker roasted malt aromas with chocolate the heaviest of them, but also containing some coffee and smoky smells. With a bit of a light fruity aroma of pear and orange in there as well, the aroma is actually a rather nice mix of hop, roast, and sweet.
Taste – The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor of a chocolate and coffee taste. Along with these flavors are some very light hop flavors of a more earthy nature. A decent level of sweetness is present from the start with some light fruit flavors and a tiny bit of caramel. As the flavor advances more roasted chocolate comes to the tongue which is accompanied by an increase in the hop flavors of the brew. A pine hop flavors grow quite potent toward the end and is joined by some other hop of a more grassy nature. With a bit more sweetness of a light fruit flavor coming to the tongue as well as a bit of a lessening of the coffee at the very end, one is left with a nice roasted, nicely bitter hopped and moderately sweet and smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the on the average side in terms of both thickness as well as in terms of its carbonation. The very midlevel carbonation and thickness are a good combination for balancing, but yet still supporting, the mix of dark, sweet, and hop in the brew and make for a nice drinking black IPA.
Overall –A rather enjoyable brew overall. A nice mix of hop, sweet and roast that creates a smooth and easy drinking style.
UDBeernut (2059) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark pour, khaki head. roasted malt and pine nose. taste follows with mosrate bitterness. medium body. right on style,to bad i hare this style.
ALLOVATE (2555) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At just on cool and into a snifter. A massive plume of off-white foam builds off the pour to reach a good half inch out the glass. Below the beer has deepest brown in the shallows but is otherwise black and opaque. There is rich, dark chocolate, cola soda and vanillin atop some of the strongest most stinging notes of pine needles I have yet to smell on the aroma. Roasted malt dominates this one. Dominant burnt malt notes, roasted barley, charred wood and dusty notes giving it a pasty, chalky feel. Medium to medium-light bodied with spritzy light carbonation. There is plenty of spice and pine in the finish with a medial bitterness more malt than hop. It comes together nicely. Quite rich as it warms further. Definitely sticks around, almost tarrish. A long way from other BIPA’s, this is delicious. Hefty, big, bold, malty and rounded. Delicious! (12fl.Oz, bottled on 28/05/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
badhack (393) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Puts almost black with a very thick tan head. Rather thin like a porter. Taste is lots of coffee and some chills, burnt malts and some dark bread. Finish is bitter, lots of fruity flavors with a little floral. A nice ipa.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled May 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, lightly browned, dirty tan colored head; the head has quite a bit of structure to it, and forms a nice mesa like structure to it, plus leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated brown, not quite black color that shows a deeply concentrated, but clear, amber / brown tinged hue around the edges when held up directly to the light. The aroma smells of a mix of tropical fruit, pine, menthol like herbal notes, all with a backdrop of roasted, slightly burnt, whole grain bread. Specific hop notes of kumquat, guava, tangelo candies, and citrus syrup form the dominant hop notes, but the roast character accentuates herbal and woody notes to be fairly noticeable as well.
Up front there flavors of ripe citrus fruit, and a supporting, but quite noticeable flavor of floral tropical fruit notes. This continues through to the finish, and there is also a pervasive bitterness that starts at the beginning of each sip and continues through to the long, dry finish. The finish has a bitter roast character to it, as well as a bit of grain / hop astringency, a lingering pine flavor, and some spicy menthol notes as well. The body is quite light, though there is some heft to this beer, enough to keep it interesting, but not so much that this beer is not dangerously quaffable. The roast character leans towards burnt whole grain toast, a touch of complex dark coffee, and perhaps a touch of dark chocolate.
The roast character definitely brings out the bitterness and harshness of the hops. Having said that, this is still a tasty beer that I am happy to be drinking.
boozedude (2173) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with sievers at club w. Black pour with thick brown head of joy. .. aroma is coffee and cream and hopps. .taste is similar. ..love it
TripCampbell (13) - USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottle. Great on a crisp evening. Hippy. Surprisingly light. Good value beer, typical of sierra Nevada
tompete (233) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a dark tan head. Great resiny hop aroma, hard to find the malt there. Flavour is very dark malts, maybe even some grain astringency, but the hops, I think almost lend a sweetness to balance that. If that's even possible. Smooth finish with bitterness.
Davros (2229) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a large, lasting off-white head.
Nose shows soft clean roast, piny hops, liquorice and spicy notes.
Roasty flavours with a fair bit of supporting piny, spicy and grapefruit hop notes. Actually quite drinkable with a little sweet malt underneath.
Carbonation is just a little high.
smaynard6000 (744) - Apopka, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours black with a small creamy tan-colored head. Roasty malt aroma alongside some citrusy hop aroma. Roasty sweetness upfront in the flavor followed by hoppy bitterness in the finish. This might be the most balanced black IPA I have tried so far. Light-to-medium bodied. Better than expected.