Sammy (9824) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Spot on black IPA, emphasizing the roast and yet still citrus hop supporting it. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Not the best black IPA I have had, still well crafted and worth trying. Dry finish.
crossovert (9737) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent black ipa, smooth with cocoa notes, dark brown pour, medium to low bitterness.
shrubber85 (9309) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (courtesy of jtclockwork). Chocolate malt and orange peel aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet cocoa malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Body a bit light. Not bad.
DrSilverworm (8871) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Best by 9/18/13. Black color. Big thick tan head, with good retention. Herbal, spicy hop flavor. Smooth, softer kind of lighter carbonation. Lightly dry texture. Light bitter taste, light sweet, lightly spicy. Not bad, but I think I’d prefer a little more roast / coffee / chocolate malt notes in this.
jercraigs (8794) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013-04-29. Mahogany tinged black body, nice creamy tan head. Aroma is mild, light dusty malt with mild leafy green hop character. Flavour is pleasant, modest dry malt, light leafy green hops. Earthy leafy hops linger in the finish. Very smooth average bodied palate, pleasant soft carbonation. Enjoyable, surprisingly mild for a black IPA but quite drinkable. On tap at Farmhouse, Burlington
DocLock (8682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and draft at Capone’s. Pours hazy deep blackish with clingy tan head. Nose is very piney hoppy, with black patent malt, cacao. Tastes resiny hoppy, with notes of roasty black malt, cacao, and a roasty finish.
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - JUN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Dark brown to black color with a frothy beige head. Nice aroma of roastiness and hops, citric and piney. Bitterish roasty flavor with faint sweetness, a hint of coffee and nice bitter piney hops with some grapefruit notes. Medium-bodied. Quite good.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and their very dark chocolate allusions are met by coniferous hops every inch of the way, moving into a lengthy bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the darkness.
-The spiciness of roasted black sesame is hallucinated.
-Malts also develop coffee angles.
-There is some fruitiness on the edges.
-This is a very flavorful Black IPA and a nice testament to Greg Noonan’s amiability and character.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle around my sisters pool out of a big ol’ plastic cup on the fourth of July. Pours a clear brown with a medium sized beige head. Big roast and cocoa on the nose, soft earthy hops. Chocolate, cocoa. Medium bodied, roast and cocoa, long roast. Chocolate and soft grapefruit bitterness. Tasty.
KyotoLefty (7975) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange, mint, pine, chocolate and some coffee in the nose. Cloudy matte black color. Flavors of pine resin, coffee, roast, some smoke. Decent, not all that sweet.