mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mine says 8.0%. Deep black color, lumpy tan head. Sublte floral and herbal hop/pine aroma under the coffee and burnt toast. Bitter roast malt bite up front followed by smooth chocolate. Dry herbacious bitter finish. [Dark malty complexity vs hop and roasty bitter complexity] vs juniper and hop aroma. Unique.
alexsdad06 (8448) - Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle at home from backlog notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, juniper berries, dark fruits, resiny hops, citrus, some spicy notes, the flavor is bold and a bit all over the place.
chinchill (4004) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from 2011 Beer Camp pack served in a pint glass. [from notes].
Opaque black with a reddish brown fringe and a very ample and durable frothy tan head.
A fine hoppy aroma with an unusual evergreen sappy note I assume is juniper. Fairly strong aroma. Alcohol evident after warming.
T - plenty of hop flavor as well as medium and dark roasted malts. A bit herbal and earthy. An odd bitter finish with notes of coffee, reflecting the mix of hops, juniper and, perhaps malts. Rather strong flavor which, with the evergreen component, approaches the challenging level.
M - medium body with good carbonation but a small bite in the semi-dry finish.
O - This Black IPA may work best if treated as a Imp. stout or a winter warmer, but it worked fine for me at the end of this exceptionally hot day.
slowrunner77 (9428) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"this one was a bit of a surprise. thick near black pour and generous brown head. the aroma was at first herbal juniper and hops, then an onslaught of roasted malt and chocolate. nice. this manages to be among the better "black ipas" while also being totally unique due to the not so subtle presence of the juniper. the aroma and flavor alternate between which of the three aspects in most dominant, and somehow they all get their shot, but in the end the coombination of flavors makes this one of the more complex 12-ouncers I’ve had in a while. most likely better fresh."
rumproasts (4828) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. deep brown with small head. sweet malty body with some chocolate. juniper and piney bitterness from the hops. very tasty.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on 06/30/2011 courtesy of Butters as Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Juniper Black Ale. Dark black body with a large frothy tan head. Sweet roasty and chocolate aroma with some juniper notes. Sweet juniper flavor with some roasty and chocolate flavor and a dry bitter hop finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
jkwalking05 (4551) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Backlog) Dark in color brown to black with ruby tinges. Tannish head. Roast come first in the aroma, then come some coffee and pine. Sort stout like in the whiff. The taste is where the pine, juniper, touch of fruit and herbs, grass hop like comes out. Slight malt
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Pours black (duh) with a thick three finger cream head. This falls over several minutes to a quilt of the same. Cobweb lacing. Where light penetrates, beer is a ruddy red.
S: Smells like an ABA with a bit of smoke. Plenty of roasty malts, citrus and resin hops. A good bit of smoke here, like peat smoke. The juniper is subdued and not very evident here. Nonetheless, I like the nose here.
T: There’s the juniper. Piny juniper comes through and plays well with the roasty toasty malts. The hops are less punchy than anticipated and more of a third wheel to the malts and juniper. Some of the malts are soily and bitter. Good stuff here.
M: medium bodied with lower than expected (based on appearance) carb. Slick finish.
O: Good beer. Wish this was a seasonal rather than a one timer.
Serving type: bottle
merc7186 (2863) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dark Brown,Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head, Decent Lacing
S: Chocolate, Nutty, Dark Malts, Mild Juniper
T: Dark Mildly Roasted Malts, Chocolate, Piney, Mild Coffee
M: Great Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Bitter, Mildly Drying
Overall, a very nice Black Ale but the Juniper flavor was lacking but made up with the piney bitterness.
ads135 (4011) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer and one of the best black IPAs I’ve had. The roastiness is strong, but not strong enough to overwhelm the very fresh, very bright pine and herb flavor.
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo: Poured a dark brown that was almost black and was topped with a thin layer of head. As for the aroma, my nose is able to pick up on a moderate usage of blackened malts as well as some thick coffee creamer too. The flavor is roasty and tastes as if the malts might have been slightly smoked, but I get the idea that the malts suppress any juniper berry flavors.