FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - 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 D’s 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 (5548) - 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 (9207) - 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 don’t 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 Sam’s, Durham. I reckon I’d hoped for a hoppier version of Sprecher’s 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 (10518) - 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 Woodman’s 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 (5071) - 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 I’ve 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 (3726) - 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.
emacgee (4377) - 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 (2451) - 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. Doesn’t look like this is the typical flavor that people are getting, so I’ll chalk this one up to a bottle infection.