Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin dark brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, herbal and pine hops. The taste is bitter resin hops, leafyness, some green notes, bitter roast and coffee with chocolate in the finish. Medium bodied.
MartinT (7974) - 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.
jercraigs (7934) - 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 (7919) - 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.
shrubber85 (7804) - 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.
crossovert (7608) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle: Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a clingy-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a lightly sweet dark malty nose with some light piny hop notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and malty sweetness with a good hop balance and light citrus character before a drier bittersweet finish. A little subdued for the style, but errs on the side of drinkability.
j12601 (6639) - 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.
DrSilverworm (6601) - 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.
blipp (6200) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours deep brown with a thin beige head. Light roasty aroma with floral hops and some lighter piney notes. The flavor is well balanced, with a roasted malty base, and grassy and resinous hoppy notes. Good stuff.