Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber courtesy of swolf. Sweet nose and some roasty malts. Black body with tan head. Flavor has a deep roasted nut and roasted grain to it. Also some chocolate notes. Only thing that resembles an ipa is the dry bitters of the alcohol and that is left on the palate. Intriging brew glad I was able to try it.
Dogbrick (9191) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this brew pours a deep reddish-brown color with a medium light tan head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus and hops plus some toffee. Medium body with flavors of resiny hops, sweet toffee and malt, along with some light chocolate. The finish is roasty and hoppy with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Complex and enjoyable overall.
zach8270 (3802) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark black color with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is lightly hoppy with some mild citrus and licorice notes. Flavor begins with some dark malts and a nice hop balance, dark fruits, licorice, and smoke. Smooth and well balanced with the alcohol well hidden.
nimbleprop (5580) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a chance to try a pint of this at RFD in Washington D.C. Pours a translucent, slightly watery, black with purple edges and a creamy, thin white head. The menu had this labeled as an "Imperial Black Ale". Uh, ok. . . . Aroma was hoppy, but only mild citrus fruits, a bit smokey, with some roasted malts and cracker. Flavor was nice but sort of all over the place: roasted malts, slight coffee, dark fruits, figs, oranges, light lemon. Finish was medium bodied and sweet. I liked it but I couldn’t really tell you why.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very dark brown with some purply hues- initial smell is that of roast and some smokey bacon- was not that excited at first- then some sweet hop aroma came through- balance in this beer is certainly towards the roast in my opinion- not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting and hoping for- don’t get me wrong, the hops are there, and citric, but not really feeling the black ipa label- more like a stronger american stout.
BVery (7681) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
TAP: very dark red/brown pour with frothy light brown head. Huge roasty nose with some dark fruit. Heavy creamy mouthfeel, roasty smooth, hardly any hop kick until late. Good stuff!
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Poured an almost black with a big tan head that produced some very nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is pretty much all citrus/grapefruit and pine hops. Flavor is also very hoppy (yum) with some roasted malts to provide some balance to the hop bitterness. Excellent beer...
after4ever (6577) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Bang bang here we go: another big bad black IPA. Oxymoronic or not, this is definitely becoming a style. Pours jet black with a big, towering tan head. Plenty of webby lace. Big piney nose with distinctyly toasty notes, alongside some forest air. Pretty awesome nose, actually. Creamy medium body, just light enough to be refreshing. Plenty of sharp, bracing piney bitterness, but in a sweet and refreshing way (very little resin). Roast and toast aplenty on the mid-palate; they tie in beautifully with the hops. Nice stuff.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Muddy Pig. Pours almost black with a nice beige head. Aroma is floral hops with pine and grapefruit. Roasty malt balances out the taste. Smooth with a nice roasty citrus hop finish.
JPDIPSO (4993) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mildly pleased that this one is less than 10+%. Who knew there would be a day that I would tire of high octane brews. Yes, it’s still 9% but give my liver a break from the overly big stuff. I protest too much. Deep dark cherry color with moderate, but stable light tan head. Chocolate hops, and dark malts in the nose. They’re not quite working for me. They seem a bit disjointed. Perhaps a bit too much grain. Light roasted malt mixes with toffee, caramel and light pine. Initially, I’m not quite ready to embrace, but with time I get the black malt and hops mix. A light tar and citric blend that teases the palate and senses. A strong hoppy schwartz. The more I have the more I start to believe the schwartz is with me. A profound blend of dark malt and hops, that I have not found in my recent adventures with dark, hoppy brews. I think about grilling grapefruit and just about any meaty fish. Enough sweetness in the finish to add depth and a lasting linger. Would work well with the main course or with dessert.