One2remeber (145) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Reviewed 09.12.11.
Black as could be, thin dark mocha head quickly dissipates, leaving a ring on the side. Slightly bubbly in carbonation.
"Fruity pepples" fruity aroma with light undertones of smoked malts. The more I smell the more the smoke comes out of the beer.
Dominant, heavy chocolate notes on the back end, bitter than most black IPAs, yet still not reaching the stout bitterness level. High acidic taste in the middle of the gulp as it hits the roof of the mouth, then turns to a fruity bubbly on the way down.
Soft on the side of the mouth, almost warming sensation. Chocolate coats your entire mouth with bubbles in the center. Feels more like a stout for the style than most.
Would not guess over 10% abv. For style, it is leading the way for Black IPAs. I have not had SSR in a month or two but from memory Escondidian seems even lighter with more of a bubbly malt sensation to cure any over powering alcohol presence.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow this beer is black! Pours a dark motor oil opaque black with a small coffee colored head that died down to a thin layer with lacing.
Smells is very unique. Lots of good citrusy/piney hops but also a lot of roasted coffee as well. Very well balanced.
As far as tatse, there’s the black again. Good citrus hops notes at the front, but in no time the roasted coffee flavor takes over finishing with a very rich coffee flavor and a little dry.
Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, but not as much as expected for the color. Carbonation level is lower than average.
Don’t like it as much as the 14th, but another good annual from Stone. I’ve got a few of these and I’m looking forward to seeing how it ages.
Tinco (566) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with beautiful compact big mocha head. Aroma: Surprised to smell that there is still a nice hop prescence of citrus notes and pine. Alos a dark malt tone with coffee and some chocolate. Still smells amazing! Taste: coffee and roasted notes. There is def. some hops left with a lingering bitterness with grapefruit. This is still a really great beer but I prefered it fresh. Impressed as to how good this actually held up =)
chinchill (1863) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 March 2014 & 2011 tastinga from notes; on tap.
Rich malty flavor; great depth; more than a trace of hops.
full body, good if rather aggressive carbonation,
Huge malt flavor yet plenty of hops show thru.
O - very bold and a bit challenging; highly flavored. High ABV is too obvious.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark body with excellent cascading head, beautiful appearance. The rich palate strikes me as the key distinguishing feature because I have had other black IPAs and its ilk, but the imperial quality is that there is so much more backbone, and it is meaningful as a foil/counter-weight to the hops. It makes for a dangerously drinkable, warming, intriguing beer. Quality stuff. Bottle.
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark motor oil opaque black color with a small coffee colored head that died down to a thin layer with lacing. Smells of pine resin and hops, lots of hops. Maybe some sort of chocolate on the nose, as well as coffee and roasted malt. Taste is hop-dominant on the front end with the roasted notes peaking through towards the middle and quickly subsiding back into a dry, bitter hop finish. There are notes of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee hiding in the roast.The alcohol is masked quite nicely. Medium body, moderately creamy and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation.
Pyrmir (3351) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, rated from backlog. I will write a more extensive rating if I come across this brew again
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Poured a pitch black liquid accompanied with a tan colored layer of fluffy foam head. In the aroma, the nose is dominated by citrus scented hops that give off an herbal fragrance. Palate is oily and yet leaves behind a sticky resin and sour taste. The flavor is intensely bitter with a strong punch of green hops that taste of citrus fruits such as grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine and lemon. Also, there is a rich flavor of black malts that carry this black IPA through and thus establishing it as a prime example of how a real black IPA should taste.
Imaena (1823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This is a big beer with balls. Get ready for sweet dark fruit, rum cake, and some black liquorice.
illidurit (2146) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Taps. Black with a tan head. Aroma of candied pineapple, caramel and cheap chocolate. Rich caramel flavor with sweet citric accents. Sort of barleywine-esque really, not much chocolate or coffee overall.