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.
ronaldtheriot (1522) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sierra Nevada DevESTATEtion Black IPA 2013 has an extremely thick, overflowing, beige head, a clear, yet dark, red-brown appearance, and heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of rich, sweet, dark-roasted, yet, not burnt, barley malts and brown bread crust. Flavor is of sweet, bready, crusty, roasted, dark barley malt, straight-forward hop bitterness, which grows during the sip, and some sugar. I like the fact that the hops are straight-up bitter, without all of the played out piney bitterness, that everyone is growing so weary of. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Sierra Nevada DevESTATEtion finishes mostly dry, somewhat refreshing, and impressive. Overall, this is outstanding! RJT
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite examples of a style that is fast becoming one of my favorites. The fresh hop from Sierra is already exceptional and the addition of the roasted chocolatey malts is perfect.
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2013. 750ml bottle, thick black wax. Dark brown, reddish tint. Thick khaki foam. Gigantic citrus hops nose. Hints of anise, toasted barley, and loads of wet Cascade. Flavor of sharply bitter hops, loads of citrus oils & pine resin flavor. Finished with a background flavor of toasted barley. A bit off balance from all of the hops. Super-fresh! A great estate beer. (3872)
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a pint glass out of a 750ml bottle. That wax seal is a real pain.
Pours pitch black with a nearly two finger tan head. Amazin head retention and really good lacing on top of that.
Aroma has a really nice coffee/chocolate thing going that is married perfectly with tropical fruit from the hops. I’m really amazed at how great the balance is between hops and malt.
The flavor is really amazing as well. Milk chocolate and dark roasted malt up front is complimented nicely by tropical fruit with a touch of pine. There is a really nice chocolate/coffee balance that is nearly perfect. The fruit and pine from the hops provides a moderate to high bitterness that works perfectly to balance out the malt. Medium mouthfeel with a light stickyness on the finish.
Overall, a very impressive Black IPA and one of the best I have had in the style. Sierra Nevada really knocked it out of the park with this one.
rajendra82 (978) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle shape was typical Sierra Nevada, but the black wax dip treatment to the neck was not. The beer poured very deep reddish brown in color, with clear body, and large head with a craggy surface. The aroma was very roasty and nutty, exuding dates, coffee, almonds, and chocolate, along with some piney hops. The taste was pretty much an extension of the smell, with a lot of coffee, toffee, chocolate, and some nuts. The hops were clearly evident, and complimentary to the roasted malt. This, in my opinion, is black IPA done right, as neither element overpowered the other. Soft and creamy mouthfeel with a touch of astringency in the finish. I hate that the estate barley crop was destroyed, but this beer was worth sacrificing it to the elements.
bookman10 (731) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the best black IPAs I’ve come across. Pours a dark brownish-black, with big, foamy, cream head. Aroma of pine hops. Flavor is a great combo of hop bitterness with citrus, and nice, roasty grain flavors. Coffee, nuts, toast, some licorice. Very nice, complex mixture of flavors. Bitter finish.
Braudog (6014) - 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)
alliance100 (999) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
24 oz bottle . Pours a slightly transparent brown with a thin tan head . Slight roast and citrus hop aromas. Nice citrus bite followed by a roasty bitterness . Pretty complex for a black ipa . Pretty dam good .
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poisoneddwarf (1951) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black wax-dipped 750 ml bottle. Aroma is piney, toasted marshmallow. Pours mahogany with a large beige head with excellent retention, leaving sheeting lace. Taste is roasty sweet and hoppy bitter. Nice creamy mouthfeel, medium to full body. Excellent beer.