emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours opaque black with one finger of creamy sandstone tan head. Nose is rich, roasty and buttery. Flavor was extremely offensive, or maybe it was the palate...Either way it was abrasive in a number ways. Very harsh and astringent/bitter/tannic. No me gusta.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bomber. Huge diacetyl presence in nose and flavor. After a few sniffs I was afraid to actually take a sip. Lots of rancid butter and sour cream. Completely undrinkable. Doesnít look like this is the typical flavor that people are getting, so Iíll chalk this one up to a bottle infection.
BeerandBlues2 (8444) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours black with ruby highlights, a medium, creamy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is average malt (roast, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisin and prunes. Flavor is average malt (roast, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisin and prunes. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a barely-transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark malty nose with some piny hoppiness. Starts with pretty good fullness and a light malty sweetness with good resiny hop bitterness before a drier lightly roasted bittersweet finish with a touch of dark chocolate. A pretty true to style and drinkable Black IPA.
Travlr (9809) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at CaptainCougarís local tasting, thanks! Dark clear brown, large tan head. Aroma of charcoal. Taste is burnt toast. Not bad.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Small beige head, cola brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, roast, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, roast, caramel, light burnt. Medium body.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with a pillowy tan head. Medium thin in body with a heavy flavor of roasted malt. A nice mild bitterness throughout, the bitterness lingers quite a while.
esjaygee (3844) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear mahogany with a creamy tan topper that slowly fades leaving minor lacing. Aroma is more black than IPA with molasses, burnt sugar, caramel, roasted malt and very light citrus. The best term I can use to define the taste is Sprecher. As in another ho-hum offering missing the mark in terms of taste and in this case, style. Itís barely hoppy and has a mild artificial that gets you from sip one and just kind of hangs. Jason said it best in his revue Ė it seemed bitter for the sake of being bitter. Mildly carbonated with some darker lightly roasted malts and no real hop character.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Twist-off bomber, Check. High fill, check. Not much fanfare when opened, check! Excited about this one! Poured cola brown with a nice, but not long-lived dark tan head. The aroma picked up a lot of cheap, sweet, sticky dark sugars (mostly along the molasses and vanilla lines).. mostly pine with lesser citrus hoppage around.. lightly roasty. The flavor was a lot more bitter than the aroma suggested, but it seemed bitter for the sake of being bitter.. lightly-roasted molasses and black patent malts supported.. odd, unpleasant sticky/sour/acrid bitter finish. Light-medium bodied and increasingly sour on the palate for no good reason.. left a resiny bitterness at the end.. I didnít enjoy this.
arkurzynski (1287) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown with red hues. Aroma is very caramel with mild aspects of roasted malt and vanilla. Flavor is largely caramel finishing with mild roast and hop bitterness. This beer doesnít commit to "black" or "IPA." Missing the refined Northwest hop aroma and bitterness and the smooth Carafa roast flavor. Largely a caramel bomb. More of a hoppy porter or a darker, hoppy brown ale. Worth a try - yes. Would I buy it again - no.