BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a definitely more brown than black hued body, clear, a shade lighter than cola, large and retentive off-white head. Great lace. Aromas are of earthy hops, lots of malt, nutty, toffee, brown bread, medium roast, resiny and lightly citrusy, grassy hops. Medium low esters. Flavors are medium bitter, somewhat sweet, toasty and nutty malt character with some roast. Pretty full bodied. Some minerality. Bitter balanced. Hoppy porter. Lightly leathery, fuller carbonation, a bit warming.
Theydon_Bois (8652) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music, big thanks to the CDA finder general, Leighton - 15/02/14.
Dark mahogony brown with a light tan covering.
Nose is cocoa, biscuit crumble, dark malts, lighy pine, muted tropical fruit tones, earthy hops.
Taste comprises light roast, earthy hops, pine twang, dark berry fruits, cocoa powder.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Adequate CDA but a good few draws from the top of the cabinet !
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 2/15/14
Aroma: The nose is coffee and roast, earth, and some citrus/grapefruit hops as well
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a thick, frothy brown head and coating lace
Flavor: It tastes of dark and roasted malts up-front, with an earth and citrus bitter hop finish
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a slick, creamy feel, with a soft carbonation, and a dry finish
My 50th Black IPA rating, and a very nice one to boot!
I thought this was a really nice example of a Black IPA. There’s a nice mix of dark malts and hops that are in a very nice balance with one another.
Mittenator (1304) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Deep brown with a beige head. Dark malt and perfumey. Well balanced between bitter and sweet.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013-01-31. Dark brown black body with a modest tan head that fades. Aroma is fairly roasty, lots of green leafy musky hops. Flavour is similar, with a sweet malty core, fairly bitter throughout, green funky hops are the dominant character. Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. The hops are a bit too green and funky for my tastes but a pretty solid, quaffable black IPA. Bottle shared by blankboy
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at my 5K tasting, thanks to Kenny. It pours darkest brown, near black with a medium beige head. The nose is fresh pine, toast, rich roast, dark chocolate, earth and light spice. The taste is rich roast, toast, earth, good deal of bitterness, resin, pine, pepper, dark chocolate and rocky road with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice dark chocolate behind the bitterness. Good body and rather tasty.
BigBeer45 (1252) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a bomber bottle,
the ale poured dark into the glass and gave a large foamy light tan lasting head, the beer was a clear dark red when the glass was held up to a glass, there was nice, sticky spots and fingers of lacing on the glass,
it had aromas of light roasted malt, citrus and floral hops, faint coffee and dark fruit, there was a little herb in the background and a bit of malt sweetness with a touch of brown sugar, not a lot of sweetness, just a touch,
it had a more than medium roasted malt flavor with some malt astringency, there was some coffee and roasted grain, some raisin and prune dark fruit (with less sweetness than the dried fruit) and a touch of molasses,
the finish had a little hop bitterness and malt astringency that lingered a bit on the palate, the malt astringency did not distract from enjoying the drink but was evident,
it was creamy on the palate and on the lighter side of medium for mouth feel, it had average carbonation,
this beer was a good beer but not a drink I would buy again.
radio_nowhere (816) - Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Bomber with PITA wax seal (tear strip SN next time) into snifter glass, super dark brown color with dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, fruity/pine hops and some smoke. Taste adds notes of cocoa, caramel and earthy hop bitterness. Light body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy, astringent with bitter roast finish. Kind of a earthy leaning black IPA, pretty good despite the wax chiseling to reach it :P
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red with a creamy thick head. Looks great but is weak on the aroma. Bready with no stand out hops. Body is nice and flavor is pleasant enough. Finish lacks hop or malt bitterness. Good beer to drink but not the best of style.
swanmann (604) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Their loss, our gain. Black pour, clear with burgundy tones and a nice couple inches of ashen, off-white, well sustained head. It smells of chocolate malt, some smoke and pine resin. The flavor is gently sweet with chocolate and citrus, sharp bitterness of dark chocolate and grapefruit. The finish lingers a bit of fruit and caramel. It’s full flavored and medium bodied, a little effervescence with a soft mouthfeel. A fantastic specimen in the style, given that most lack the wet hop addition. I think the freshness and subtlety of the hop character provide a nice balance for the dark malt character which can be so aggressive. Sierra Nevada never fails to provide solid brews.