mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one got me trashed for some reason. It was surprisingly smooth and very unique. I loved it.
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2012 Its a normal heavy hop profile, bitter finish with notes of roastedness in the main flavor. Interesting mix, makes a tasty beer
Ron (3569) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at the Nail Creek Pub in Utica. Pours black, can’t see through it, with a nice light brown head with nice lacing. Strong hoppy aroma of pine and citrus mixed with chocolate coffee. Taste starts off hoppy and finishes with chocolate and coffee. Long nicely bitter coffee finish.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours a dark brown with decent head. Almost two fingers of light tan head rises, lasting a couple minutes. The lacing is pretty solid.
The aroma is pretty light giving off a nice smooth hoppiness.
The taste is super hoppy from start to finish with a very bitter finish. There is slight earthniess to this that separates it from being an ipa, a nice change of pace.
Overall, pretty decent.
brinehart (213) - Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, tan head, good lace. Citrusy hop nose (Centennial?). Very little roasty dark grain character compared to other black IPAs. Very long finish that does have some dark grain characters to it. The most regular IPA-like black IPA I’ve had. Not sure if that is the point, or if these beers are supposed to be a combination between stouts and IPAs.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAY 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at BrewDog, Stone night! Pour is deep, deep brown, almost black. Small beige head, massive lacing. Big resinous hops on the nose, lots of fruit, some smokiness. Slightest hint of coffee. Taste is slightly fruity, slightly liquorice. Big bitter finish, but less fruit and more roast. Very nice.
thegreenrooster (4001) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a black with a large tan head. Aroma is a nice hop with some burnt malt and a small wood smoke. Flavor is agressive hops with a small chocolate malt toward the end. Very tasty and one of the better black IPA’s I’ve had. Most of the beers I’ve had of this style the dark malt kills anything the hops have to offer. This is the opposite. The hops are here in a big way and kinda hide the malts.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great dark black color with minimal head. Nice hop scent and a great smokey flavor, wish it was a little less bitter.
Scott_Snyder (27) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice thick tan head sits atop a pitch black beer. Interesting aromas. Piney, Grassy, fresh hop aromas, some roastiness and bready also. Very full bodied, malty/stickiness, lots of carbonation and alcohol warms the throat all the way down. Outstanding malty sweetness and hop bitterness, and although not harmoniously balanced, it is a very enjoyable beer.
kappldav123 (5888) - GERMANY - JUL 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle looks strange, but good. Beer in the glass very dark, almost black. Nice head. Malty-dry aroma. Starts strong malty, gets drier and drier, fine roasty-malty, bitter background. Finish well balanced, dry, a bit dusty, some fruity hints of raisin. Good beer!