Terminus (3545) - 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 (2652) - 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 (6312) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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)
Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark amber pour with windblown sand khaki head. Toasted caramel and citrusy hop blend. But everything seems kinda mellow and muddled. A little overly bitter on the tail for my personal taste. Wouldn’t need to have again.
rumproasts (4862) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Black with two finger head. Big rich malt base with the big hops you’d expect from Sierra Nevada. Both citrus and pine dominate. Very good stuff.
J_man (919) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful deep mahogany with a light tan head. Great charred malt and chocolate aromas. Dark and bittersweet chocolate flavors swirl around with a lightly charred campfire wood in the background. There’s a beautiful creaminess to the body that’s often lacking in black ales. Piney, earthy hops pop up to balance the sweetness and provide a satisfying bitterness that aerates the entire flavor. Leaves a lasting bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee essence behind. Instead of throwing in the towel, SN came out swinging and scored a sweet victory against a natural disaster. I’d love to see them make this again with their own barley!
Jhackmeister (13) - Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour. A deviation from one of my favorite SN releases of the year, this black IPA brings the best of style forward. The deep roasted malts bring french roast coffee to the aroma and Sierra Nevada’s expertise is shown with the hop notes. The palate is a great balance of toasted malt and hop bitterness. Notes of grapefruit and pine intermingle with unsweetened chocolate and coffee.
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Scopey 5K tasting. Thanks to Kenny for this CDA. Pours clear brown with a frothy, tan head. The nose is dry, toasted brown bread, dirt, dry chocolate. Light-medium sweet flavor with notes of bitter earth, burnt pine and baking cocoa. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and lightly creamy texture. Bitter burnt pine to finish with further earth, dusty cocoa and charred malts. OK. Perhaps a touch faded.
madmitch76 (21796) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
15th February 2014
Scopey 5K Tasting in deepest Croydonia. Opaque dark brown - black beer, good pale tan head. Creamy dark malt, semi dry. Whisper of roast and dark malt bitterness. Mild piney hops and subtle fruits, well buried. Not bad.
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Big thanks to Leighton. Pours clearish dark brown with a lace forward tan head. Dark chocolate and pepper envelope the nose with a hint of liquorice, pine, grapefruit and a small amount of smoke. Taste is very balanced between roasted coffee and sweet milky chocolate, quite grassy and a little doughy. Some nice bright orange behind it all. Moderate bitterness, a touch sweet, solid balance to this. Nice one