wlajwl (3327) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2012 Aroma is hops and a hint of chocolate/malts. The flavor is piney and resinous hops, grapefruit with an undercurrent of malts/chocolate/coffee. There was a relatively mild off-flavor that I couldnít place; it was still a decent ale.
pepsican (1395) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2012
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Cola brown pour with a big white head. Aroma of caramel and a bit of fruity hops. Flavor is up front aspirin with a bit of hops and caramel in the back end. Thin finish, overly bitter.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
An uninspired example in a category that almost always underwhelms. +++ Sampled on draft at Dís in Monroeville this beer poured a black color with a large soapy tan head that left great lacing. The aroma was dryish with a fairly strong floral and perfumey hop presence. The flavor was dryish and bitter with rough floral and perfumey hops and a touch of anise. The finish was medium length roughly hoppy. Medium body. Eh.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, as one might expect, with a big spongy head. Smells like pine and coffee, plus some meaty notes, too. Much more hoppy than the aroma would indicate, then some coffee. Woody, piney finish. The number 11350 was written on the bottle - bottle number? batch number? Did I win something?
crossovert (5641) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On Tap. I donít like the style but this was a better one. It comes off more as a porter. It has a rich, harsh bitterness that is better than other black ipas that tend to focus on chocolatey malts.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber from Samís, Durham. I reckon Iíd hoped for a hoppier version of Sprecherís solid Black Bavarian. What this brew is, alas, is an ashy, acerbically roasted mess of a beer. Aggressive for sure, but also somehow watery and insubstantial. Not a good combo. Not a good beer.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber from Woodmanís West Madison. Pours a dark reddish brown with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter hops, apples and faint roasted malts. The taste is very bitter hops, roasted malts, a tar-like note. Medium bodied. Off-balance.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber shared by CaptainCougar. Brown, thin oily head. Not bad for a Sprecher. The chocolate tones smooth out and cover up the house off flavors. Rather sessionable, not much behind the bitter chocolate and hop tones. Drinkable indeed, a go to beer from Sprecher. Dry and well executed enough, sort of one-dimensional for the style though.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Color is brown and not as dark as other BIPA/CDAs Iíve had. Huge, thick manilla head hangs around forever and completely coats glass throughout consumption. Aroma has astringently bitter malt notes with expected citrus hoppiness, no diacetyl. Taste is balanced to malt of black coffee, bitter chocolate. Some citrus and piney hops eventually come to the party. Mouthfeel is bitterly dry, medium body. Not alcoholic. Overall, not a bad beer but not my favorite black IPA.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown, small bubbled thin cream head. Graham cracker roast, chocolate, lightest pine. Cheesy flavor, light oxidation, earthy grapefruit.