Pailhead (5277) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma initially consists of all grapefruit and pine hops before giving way to moderate chocolate, light roast, and a touch of alcohol. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a three finger creamy brown head with good retention. Some pretty thick lacing rings are left behind on the walls of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of citrus. Through the middle there is a good dose of chocolate which mixes with some light roastiness and lots of pine in the finish. While I noticed a touch of alcohol in the nose, I don’t get much at all in the flavor. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, much the way the Black IPA blurs the lines with a hoppy Porter, I’d say this "Imperial Black IPA" blurs the lines with a hoppy Imperial Stout.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft at Fountainhead. I’m wondering if this is better from the bottle, because I did not like my pour. Pours a thick black with a brown head. Looks thick in the glass even. Nose is weird. Pine resin and then a meaty soy sauce note. Seems like autolysis. Also some booze alcohol as well. On tasting, it is very bitter but really lacks the fresh hopping that 11/SSR have that made that one sing. More of that meaty umami note that is just disagreeable. I didn’t like this one much at all and found it hard to finish. Too much body and too muddy.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sam’s, festooned with the trademark homoerotic Stone demon. Woot. Pours dark, black with a one-finger beige head. Looks like a stout, if a tad thin. Smells like an IPA... at first. Then the roast and chocolate appear, struggling to get out from behind the sticky, resiny hops. Lovely nose, and taste starts off well; too bad it ends with a grainy, metallic finish. Bitter and dry. We had a good thing going, but it went downhill...
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours a dark brown color with a two finger thick tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma is resin pine hops. Flavor is light chocolate and pine hops. There is actually a nice balance. Hops linger in the finish. Medium to full body. Very nice.
nearbeer (3936) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Deep ebony with a small, thin head that tries to last. Big nose of orange creamsicle and ozone, with some light resin and chocolate-caramel. Hints of iodine and coffee. Taste is similarly sweet on the front; then progresses to dark fruit, roasted coffee, soy, and cocoa. Finally some prickly resin and citrus hop make for a dry finish. Heavy body has a nice little abv warmth, and the super smooth, nitro-like carbonation provides a velvety mouthfeel.
richiesd (31) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is truly a wonderful black ipa. I like this profoundly more than sublimely self righteous... it’s essentially like an extra-hopped stone 11th. wonderful!
Jet black with good carbonation, great fresh hops on the nose and an as expected flavor profile. Overall, a solid beer. Dark IPAs are not necessarily my favorite style, but this one is very tasty.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. This is alright by me. It’s like two of the greatest things on earth, an Imperial Stout and an IPA. Sometimes I like mixing Dr Pepper with Coke. That has nothing to do with this beer, but I thought you should know.
flatmatt (1187) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle for rating #650. Pours black with a tan head. Cocoa aroma with citrus and pine hops. Nice thick palate with bitter pine and citrus hops, cocoa, dark fruit, light coffee, occasional anise. This is the kind of (imperial) black IPA I like.
haddon90 (1528) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour with a thick, tan head. Strong, licorice notes with a hint of dark hops. Seems roasted as well. Very complex aroma. Roasted hoppy taste with a nice kick at the end. Dry finish. Complex but very good.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours solid black with a huge creamy light brown head that lasts a long time. Aroma has lots of noticeable roasted malts and citrus and piney hops. Taste is well balanced with roast and hops, this is definitely one of the best I have had in this style. The alcohol is hidden very well.