superspak (4474) - Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass; best before 7/23/2014, 6.2%. Pours moderately murky nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice malt driven black IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
snoworsummer (4471) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours very dark brown with a very thin off white head. Tastes like cola, mint, cream, some coffee bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Smells like funk, flour, biscuits, and hops.
maxwelldeux (4322) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a very thick tan head. Nose is a little hoppy, but not all that strong. Taste is a little bit bitter, and quite roasty. Very easy drink.
tkrjukoff (4294) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ GBBF. Pours black with a small bubbly brown head. Aroma is roasted, malty, hoppy, coffee and caramel. Flavor is malty, hoppy, piny, fruity and a bit sweet. Finishes bitter sweetish.
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
At GBBF in London. Black IPA with licorice aroma, a bit smokey. This is a beer I liked a lot :-)
DialSquare (4203) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Lucky’s Market on N. High. Near black pour with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma is spicy, herbal, chocolate, citrus. Tastes are burnt, cocoa, coffee, oak, background ashy. Bitter, herbal finish. On the malty side overall. Well built for sure - don’t know if I’d seek it out.
zvikar (4124) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black to brown with a huge beige head, aroma of cocoa, chocolate and notes of hops, flavor is hoppy with lemon, chocolate, pine, grapefruit, medium bodied
Nate (4114) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brunzies. Roasted barley, licorice, cocoa, mild soy tang and some hop oily notes. Dark brown-black clear with thin tan head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts stark and bitter with big hop presence. Roasted barley, chocolate, and carbonic bite. Big roast bitter finish tim roasted after and bitter dark chocolate.
chinchill (4112) - South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Growlers Pour House in Charlotte.
Pours is near black; slightly dark even for style, with an above average tan head that leaves a fine coat on the glass when tilted.
Smell is more dark malt than hops, but this tastes like it should: i.e., an IPA with ample dark roasted malts. Unlike the aroma, in tasting these two ingredients mesh better, and are in better balance than in some other black IPAs.
M: slightly harsh; medium body and carbonation.
O: Aroma lacks IPA hoppiness, but the taste is true to style.
ads135 (4060) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black and rich. Lots of piney hops, but the roasted nuttiness and chocolate is what makes this beer great.