Nuffield (3732) - 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 (2145) - 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 (3697) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2015 650 ml bottle at Hasse. Black with dark tan head. Aroma roasted, malty, bread, chocolate, alcohol and wood. Taste is sharp, roasted, alcohol, booze, light chocolate and wood.
SDalkoholic (2200) - 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 (1928) - 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 (2207) - San Francisco, 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.
pushkinwow (2164) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber sent by Dany for the ticker Luc. Dark mahogany pour with a light brown head. Smoked malt, chocolate, coffee, some booze, strong resin presence. Moderate+ body with decent carbonation, some anise and chocolate along with a bitter resinous on the finish, smooth.
AndySnow (4307) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol. Flavour is heavy alcohol, strong liquorice, and a bit of dark fruits hidden behind it all.
Lubiere (10654) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown head with a thin brown head. In aroma, meaty chocolate with piney hops, iodin, meaty character, very nice. In mouth, a smooth chocolate with herbal piney hops, licorice and alcohol warmth, very nice. When did the ticker the beer.
Bule (997) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark black with lots of foamy head. Roasted malt and lots of hops.