Elwood (3168) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: Draft at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours almost black with a small tan head. The nose has a good bit of roast to it with slight notes of chocolate and light pine needles. The flavor starts off with nice roasted malt and chocolate notes, but segues into medium hop notes with pine and earth. Medium bodied with a medium finish. Black IPA? Nah, this is a porter. Wait, so is a black IPA…
coreyc1221 (260) - Truckee, California, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells dark but kinda sweet at the same time. Black body with a tan, frothy head. Tastes like a chocolaty yeasty with a smooth finish. I would drink this with a dessert.
DuffMan (6743) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Smitty. Dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet dark malts and slightly floral hops. On the palate, there is a fairly equal balance between dark chocolate malt and piney hops with a perfumey undertone. Medium bodied for such a high ABV. The hops draw out the bitter finish nicely. Solid.
mnurda (1129) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample at the Public house. In Las Vegas. Dark in colour. Bitter tasting g. Great black ale. Love speakesy
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Pailhead (4812) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, roast, light dust, espresso, and pine. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a three finger beige head with great retention and leaves behind a lot of soapy webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate, caramel, and a touch of vanilla. The finish has moderate roast, pine, espresso, dust, and a touch of burnt notes. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, another Black IPA that just makes me think hoppy Porter...not that that is a bad thing. I found this quite tasty.
Oscbert (1022) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
-Roasty chocolaty malt aroma with healthy dose of piney, resinous, earthy, and citrus hops
-pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights. Long lasting creamy off white head
-strong roasty character, burnt in flavor with earthy resinous hop character
-Medium bodied with medium co2, some warmth from alcohol burnt, roasty finish
-enjoyable beer. A bit too roasty in flavor. Unbalanced flavor, but still a fun beer to drink.
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cmonster (972) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours black with a huge grey-beige head. Good retention and solid lace. Big aroma and flavors. A perfect balance of roast and earthy hops. Medium sweet, medium roasty bitter flavor. Medium body, oily texture, and a bitter, roasted finish.
haddon90 (1466) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany color with a nice, tan head. Roasted malt aroma with some smokey hops as well. Smooth taste with some smoked malt and dark hops. Nice balance. Light, crisp finish. Very good.
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Draft at Ginger Man (NYC), 1/19/13
Aroma: The nose is fairly balanced mix of roasted dark malts and pine/citrus hops
Appearance: It has a brown pour with a thick, frothy, lasting beige head atop it
Flavor: The taste s much like the nose, roasty and malty, with a nice pine hop presence too
Palate: The body is medium, it has a rather creamy feel, with a soft carbonation, and a dry finish
I thought this was a very solid example of a Black IPA. It hits a nice balance between the roasted and hop flavors that one would expect in the style. Good stuff.
Roast and hops...
kaser (2700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black pour from bomber to glass. Hoppy and malty. Chocolate smell and taste more of a stout than IPA. Very good beer