crossovert (7410) - 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 (8563) - 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 (4400) - 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 (3288) - 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 (4026) - 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 (9704) - 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 (7132) - 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.