durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the great Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. Pours a dark brown, nearly black with a soft light tan head and good lacing. Nose is more roasty malt than hops, though some light pine and orange peel notes make their way through. Taste adds hop bitterness, but this is definitely more of a malt-forward black IPA than some, for the better.
osu97gp (630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown/black with a long lasting tan head. Aroma of light roasted malt and citrus hops. Flavor of roasted malts, floral and citrus hops, chocolate with quite a bit of bitterness at the finish.
Lowe1983 (1322) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of citrus hops, caramel and slight chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is strong up front of the chocolate and roasted malts. Has a decent, bitter finish as well from the citrus hops.
Schlaubee (6) - - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black IPAs - all the wonderful flavors typical of porters and stouts, all the hoppy goodness of IPAs. Apparently this is a limited release made in honor of the inventor of this fantastic amalgamation. Awesome, but now I feel a little like I’ve wasted this beer because it was my second of the evening and maybe I wasn’t "properly" paying attention while drinking it. On the other hand, what is better than enjoying an engaging conversation with a friend while drinking a delicious beer, and not vice versa?
flyandrew661 (6) - USA - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nothing overwhelming or forward with flavor. Very balanced could definitely have mre hops. Nice bitterness easy to drink. Great flavor.
mabel (5364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[5312-20130429] Tap. Roasted orange rind malt aroma. Clear, red-hued black body with a huge long-lasting creamy tan head. Mild grainy citrus grain flavour has an underlying cardboard bitter grains. Medium body. Interesting to sample. (8/4/7-/3/14) 3.6
(@ The Farmhouse, Burlington, VT)
cbfobes (2107) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours pitch black with a thick light tan head and sticky lacing through out the entire glass, aroma has a good amount of citrus and pine with a kick of chocolate as well, flavor is of more roast and chocolate on the front end with some pine and hops in the finish, pretty solid.
keanex (1232) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best before August 4, 2014.
Appearance: The body is pitch black with small tan sediment chunks at the bottom. The head is tall, dense and very firm with a khaki hue.
Aroma: The aroma has mild pine and roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Decent balance and a nice aroma profile but I find it to be weak.
Taste: The flavor is just mute through the taste until the mid/end. There’s literally nothing on the intro that I pick up. Even by the mid there’s not much that stands out. Hints of malty sweetness, some roast, some pine. Overall very very tame. Not bad, but tame. Hints of burnt malts linger.
Palate: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I wish that this were bolder. This is a great beer to put a few back, but it doesn’t excite much when dissected.
Patrickctenchi (2916) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a thick tan head.
Cholate, tobacco aroma...resin.
Ashy, resiny bitter...burnt coffee malt.
Handypaul (136) - - MAR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy to frothy beige head that thins quickly leaving a fine ring and excellent lace. Nose of pine, floral and sweet citrus. Lightly sweet and medium bitter taste with a light body, thin chewy texture, average carbonation and a short bitter finish.
EithCubes (4577) - 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.