sir__v (635) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com shared with friends. Color: deep black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: high caramel, roasted malt domination with good equilibrium of hops and grassy notes. Licorice. Good nose! Great! Taste: nice licorice domination with grass and pine. Hoppy and malt balance with alcoholic taste. Aftertaste: nice malty bitterness with licorice and grass. Except the taste of alcohol on mouth this beer is amazing.
Tselloufc88 (130) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Petaluma Market. Completely black appearance with a biege-white head. Aroma is of pine and grapefruit with some chocolate and coffee also present. Creamy taste, lots of grapefruit initially, then the chocolate, coffee and vanilla comes in and it all comes together with a nice big bitter finish. Tastes no where near 8.7%! Really delicious. Glad I tried this!
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Natures Way Market. Dark brown bordering on black with thin lasting tan head. Aroma is the classic Stone pine and citrus hop nuances. Notes of charred chocolate malt and ash.
Flavor of coffee grounds, earthy dirty chocolate malt, mild traces of citrus and pine needles of a light lingering bitter finish. Moderate amount of bitterness that has a nice balance with the dark malts. (One reason I love the style is the dark malts with a healthy bitterness) Body is leaning on full. Texture is lightly oily with wet hop oils and pine. This is remarkable for a nationally distributed brew, awesome example for what a Black IPA should be. Finely crafted.
CopterScott (141) - Kansas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with thin off-white head. aroma is roasty malts and pine. Flavor is dark chocolate, dark fruit, roast, and pine. This has a great, complex flavor.
Brentv (354) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’ll be the low rater on this one. I like IPAs, and the bigger the better, but this one doesn’t do it for me. Very bitter and burnt malts. Dark pour. Medium mouthfeel. From bottle. I may try it again, but this time it hit me the wrong way.
Jasond612 (275) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/29/14 at CBO. Really liked this one. $3.29 bottle drank in store one of the better balanced black IPAs I've had. Great mix of hop and malts.
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TET (1643) - FINLAND - JUN 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A colablack beer with a big, beige and clouding head. The aroma is great, grapefruits and pine needles, liquirice, some tropical fruits. The balance is great in the aroma, the "black nuancees" are not dominating. Taste is strongly bitter, pine needles and some resin, dry roastiness, grapefruits. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very smooth, velvet like to drink, enjoyable. The great beer, enough of bitterness, succesfully balance and velvet palate gives the final touch.
Chadski4 (113) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfect pour with light tan head that retains a lot of lacing. The 90 IBU's are definitely present in the bitterness but very balanced and complemented by a hint of coffee and caramel. Very well crafted.
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid Black IPA. Dark brown, with scarlet hints. Off-white foamy head that leaves some lacing. Light malt nose. Fruity hops, with some roasted malts. Medium carbonation and nice mouthfeel. Tasty.
MoreCoffeePlease (13) - - JUN 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber with a best by date of 8/28/2014. AP: very dark brown with ruby tinges under light; pours with a tan head. AR: strong pine, red grapefruit, mandarin oranges and toasted malt. TA: clash of bitter citrus notes and roasted malts, bittersweetness of dark chocolate and earthy tones at the back end. MO: medium bodied, medium carbonation and actually quite dry in the finish. OV: great black IPA, good balance of the bitter hop notes and roasted malt character.