GIJOE (1082) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks more like a very dark porter or a stout. Black with a frothy tan head and thick, sticky lacing. Nose is floral hops and reminds more of an IPA. Taste is bitter, but malty sweetness also comes through. Medium body, moderate carbonation, astringent finish. Good brew.
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ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Straight forward with chocolate malt, roasted barley and piney hops.
A: Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. A great looking beer.
T: Initially a mix of roasted chocolate malts, grapefruit and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness. Next some pine hops and a bit more bitterness with some coffee notes and a hint of bready malt notes. Finishes with a mix of chocolate malts, pine hops, citrus zest, and some roasted coffee notes.
P: Feels a bit thin, but improved as it warmed.
O: The hops start strong, but kinda get lost in the taste and excessive warmth. Decent Black IPA/CDA.
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely velvet texture. Robust body and porter backbone. Faintly boozy finish. Overall a delicious beer, though the hops character has a hard time peeking out from behind all that roasted malt.
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at esbls. A black licorice aroma with big malts. A big bold flavor this leans toward the malts. Hops are in back but are nice. Citrus. Not too bitter. I like this. It gets into Belgian Strong Ale territority.
rxeight (2580) - Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet malty aroma, taste is black malt, anise. Nothing overly impressive. Not really hoppy or malty or thick. Just a black ale.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely solid Cascadian. Almost burnt malt notes, which is unique in my book, with balanced hoppiness. Wouldn't mind a tad more chewiness. A quibble. A-
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DenverLogan (1098) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in September at Cedar Creek Pub in Denver. Pours black with small head. Aroma of dark roasted malts. medium carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, burnt malts. Overall big, bold and tasty.
Mtbiker54 (39) - Nancy, FRANCE - NOV 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
À l’ouverture une odeur resineuse de houblon. Ensuite des touches chocolatées et de café. En bouche une bonne amertume bien présente jusqu’à la fin. Toujours en bouche de belles notes chocolat et malt.
Barreras (1563) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep black color with a robust malt aroma. Taste is initially of soft malt mixed with rich dark malts. Once you swallow this beer, it leaves a bite of hops on the palate. A lingering IPA style in flavor with a stout look. I’m a fan of this black IPA.
zvsn (1654) - ISRAEL - NOV 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Black IPA tasting in Beer&Beyond shop. Pours brown-black with a medium frothy head. Toasted malts and hoppy aroma. Taste - sweet, fruity, honey, nuts, chocolate, hints of alcohol, low bitterness. Medium-bodied, smooth texture. Nice.