coltonhudy (15) - - MAY 9, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2014 Dark espresso head and body when poured the taste is strong and intense but balanced and flavorful with notes of coffee,chocolate,cocoa,cacao,oak,hops, with a slightly sweet piny finish this is an epic black ipa.
Fantomasus (289) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark cola brown with a wonderful frothy off white head, perfect! Aroma: caramel, bread, spruce, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is near perfect balance. Medium bodied, thick feel, creamy, with a long bitter finish. Great brew...
bigguns22 (745) - Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very complex and a unquie balance. Pour is dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is a little hoppy and full of malts and yeast. Smooth and creamy with a bitter hop bit at the finsh that stays on the palate.
hapjydeuce (986) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 2013 vintage. Thanks to my bro for the birthday hookup. Color is more mahogany than black. Thick foamy beige head that fades into a fine fizz. Aroma of smoke, almost burnt toast, pepper and vanilla. Flavor is less hoppy than expected, on the scale of an extra pale ale. Strong smoky bitterness up front which turns into a slightly acidic hops bitterness. Medium to thin bodied with low carbonation. Kind of lackluster; might have been better when it was fresh after the release last fall. Unique though, don’t know if we’ll ever see this one again. For someone that’s never had a black IPA this would be a treat; but after other beers like Black Lie or Alpine Ugly it’s just missing the kick.
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 drank in January. Pours clear black with a firm head. Nose is chocolate, roast, and piney hops. Flavor of an IPA hop wise, but with a malty body of a stout. Finishes long.
rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black - almost like a purple or ruby red hue. Slight off-white head from bottle pour. Aroma is strong with caramel and pine. Taste develops and takes a minute but comes on strong bitter with roasted malt.
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Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle. Big frothy head. Could just be the way Adam pours. Haha. Caramel notes. Coffee too. A nice bitter finish. Pretty lace too!
Terminus (3407) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle-purchased at whole foods in DC (near Church Key) March 2014
Pours very dark brown hue with a nice soapy rocky kacki head and sparse lacing. nice looking brew! nose is woody, lite cedar and lite oxidization. holds up pretty good for being 6 months old. flavors are woody lite chocolate, little piney hops, char, lite oxidized woody note. beer has held up very well for how old it is. this beer was released when i was deployed this past fall and didnt think i would find it anywhere. low and behold, there it was in DC. I try anything SN puts out, so i had to have this. Fresh i bet this was pretty amazing. Glad i got to try this bigtime! long roasty finish with lingering piney hops.
glennmastrange (2489) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy dark bread, toasted and dark chocolate for the malt, moderate to heavy resin for the hops, lightly dough for the yeast, with charcoal and faint soy sauce in the background. Head is average size, frothy, off-white with a spot or two of lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily, with a lively carbonation, and a lightly astringent and very dry finish. Darker and richer than lesser Black IPAs, making it both substantial and easy drinking.
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. So I’ll caveat this with two complaints right up front ... 1) Hey, brewers/bottlers ... the wax seal can be a cool touch a guess, but do we REALLY need to bury the cap in 1/4" of candle? It took me 20 minutes to open this thing. If your caps aren’t tight enough, get a new cap. 2) I’m still not a fan of "black IPA" as a new "style" ... But ... in the end. This stuff is really good. If you gotta blend some classic styles to create a new one, this is finally the answer for me. Interesting visuals of midnight-blackness and poofy, airy American IPA foam. The aroma is an intriguing mix of both hops and stout-like goodness. Can’t complain. Even better when we’re talking about the drink ... sweet, dank, hoppy and earthy with a hint of java and roast. Bit thin in the end, but other than my opening complaints, that’s about the worse thing I can say. (#5461, 3/14/2014)