b3shine (5139) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks Good; a dull cola with fluffy beige head. Smells and tastes of hops and dark malt with some roast too. Average on the palate. Solid beer.
Miksu (4938) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black color. Aromas of tart and flowery hops; lemon and black currant. Roasty and bitter flavor with coffee, dark chocolate and lemony hops. Sharp firm taste.
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at World of Beer Easton on 3/11/14. Clear dark brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt and chocolate along with piney and grassy hops. Flavor starts with piney hops, then moves to a bit of citrus before a chocolate malt finish.
EithCubes (4704) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Best By 08/04/14. Nose is nice and raw, heavily burnt with plenty of tar and deep roast, some ash, just the way I likes ’em! Some mild grapefruit and citric hops, some Black Sun Stout comparables. Pours dark mahogany (no, not black) with a dense, rocky tan head. Taste medium-strongly bitter but more importantly extremely dry, with little bits of ash and tobacco and tar and mild chocolate and resin entering and leaving, but it’s bone dry and nearly astringent all the way through the aftertaste. Piny, woody hops with faint citrus but still remain somewhat bright. Medium body but the intensity of roast makes it seem fuller. Clean and very well made, alcohol mostly concealed, and a great example of what attention to a unified plan can deliver, instead of kitchen-sinking piles of leftover ingredients.
nimbleprop (4543) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz pour at Salty Pig in Boston. Pours a watery black with some creamy, off white head. Nose is malty, toast, caramel, light dried chocolate, hops, citrus rind, light pine. Taste is also a mix, malt, cracker, bread crust, caramel, molasses, pine, lemon, grapefruit. Dry finish.
radagast83 (4417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a dark brown, almost black with some light ruby notes on the edges of the glass. Aroma is a touch of caramel, a little bit of citrus grapefruit notes. Flavor was some roasted malts, with plenty of grapefruit character. pretty refreshing for the style.
thornecb (4291) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black into a tulip. Mocha head with little retention recedes to mottle surface. Vanilla and chocolate aromas. Dry with dark chocolate and resin front to back. Lasting dusty espresso finish.
nuplastikk (4269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Amber-black body, with a big, frothy, beige head. Crisp chocolate edged aroma, pretty nice. Respectable citrus hop tones and a hefty malt backbone to balance it out....and balanced it is. One of the more enjoyable Black IPAs I’ve had. Dry, sticky bitter aftertaste. Great chocolate, caramel, graham cracker flavors. Solid offering, would be great to go back and forth between this and their regular IPA.
czar (4110) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours very dark brown with a nice creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. cascadian chocolate, bit of sweetness and lactose, milk chocolate, bit of dark fruitiness, peppery, piney and citrusy. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, short but assertive piney-citrusy finish. very nice black ipa.
Aurelius (4034) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright AIPA aroma mixed with doughy and roast notes - some cocoa, some blackstrap, some dark fruitiness. A viscous-looking pour, big clingy khaki head. Standard longneck, fair label. Assertively acidic, grassy tones over roast. Buffered cocoa. Long coffee-pine finish that lays bitter on the top of the tongue. A buffered/chalky mouthfeel at first that trims the points off a bristling carbonation and bittering. Black IPA’s aren’t my bag, but this was probably more enjoyable than most. New Leaf Market.