J_man (774) - 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 (13338) - 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 (17158) - , 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 (3393) - 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
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Dark brown with a medium beige head. Very malty and almost floral. Has a very nice balance but I tend to flavor more citrusy black ipas.
-- rated with beerbasher
BMan1113VR (7896) - 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 (11613) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 (4465) - 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 (1523) - 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.