ben4321 (3343) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from The Hop, 10/11/13
Aroma: The nose is a nice mix of resin and roast, some fruity notes, and a bit of spice
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color, with a reddish hue, small beige head, and light lace
Flavor: The taste has a medium-plus bitterness, light spice, and plenty of balancing roast
Palate: The body is medium, with a soft carbonation, smooth feel, and a dry finish
This one is a pretty nice Black IPA. The components you’d want in this style are all here, and all work solidly together. It’s not an absolute standout, but it is a more than solid beer.
coldbrewky (1371) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I determined that I should try the Black IPA style once again to see if I could try to like it. Pours a medium brown black with slate tones. Thin puddled head. Some thin lacing. Again I find this style to be muddled and unclear about itself. A swirling morass of unbalance. It reminds me of the contents of a suitcase after 11 days on the road. Funky. All the pieces are there, and yes, its beer, but crisp hops and darkness just dont seem to get along. Kind of like souvenirs wrapped in dirty clothes.
zvikar (2517) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUL 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of brett, manure, malt and hops, flavor is bretty with malt, dark chocolate. medium bodied
kerenmk (1568) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 13, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. Black opaque with creamy film. Ink and plastic aroma, slightly sour, funky and weird taste. Full body, soft carbonation, long finish.
beerandbeyond (552) - ISRAEL - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark brown with a nice beige head.
Pleasant hoppy aromas of sharp pines with some tropical notes and roast.
Dark cocoa flavors, soft roastiness and med-hi bitterness.
Over carbonated, interesting and overall OK.
DSG (4677) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma of some citric and piney hops, some funky yeast, fruitiness and light roastiness. Flavor has a bit of roastiness, some yeasty spiciness, piney hops and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.
OldGrowth (2338) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, from Half Time Beverage. good aroma, sweet, yeasty, fruity. Pine, bread, citrus, little green apple, little smokey. Clean, dark orangy brown, good head, spotty lace. Bitter flavor. meduim body, creamy oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Pretty good, like it says, they kind of jump around in the ingredient area which plays out in the aroma and flavor. Initial aroma was nice when I opened the bottle, mellowed as it warmed...
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A piney and roasted black ipa that is overly yeasty. Just ok.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase from a (get this) Poughkeepsie store, not kidding, there are people who live in a town called Poughkeepsie. Jay, you are my hero, a hero without much superpower or hair.
The look: Black body medium tan head with medium retention.
In long: Nose is piney hops, roast and some cocoa powder notes. First thing that stroke me (no pervert thought here please) on my first sip is how yeasty this beer is. Other that a yeast soup I noted toasted bread, some black chocolate, piney hops. Elusive fluffy body full of bubbles. Some good things going one here but just too yeasty for how I like this style, to me it was only mildly enjoyable.
At least I’m getting to add a beer rating from a brewery I had never rated, my obsession with rating beers is now getting so bad that if a book called “How To Control Your Rating Obsession” existed, I would buy it, just so I can rate it on Amazon. And then I called my mother to tell her I drank the Black Sea (get it? Black C, Black Sea) and then I hung-up and laughed and laughed and laughed some more and I probably will never have friends.
jtclockwork (6220) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose and taste of resin, cocoa, roast chocolate, pine, grapefruit rind, tangerine rind and dried citrus. Medium body.
Reynolds314 (1877) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looking forward to trying more from the sloopys over at sloop brewing. Really citrus forward roasted robust black ipa with tons of flavor and great balance.. Awesome.