jmgreenuk (7085) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at CBC 2015. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is rich pine, citrus fruit alcohol. The flavour is moderate bitter with a rich alcoholic smoky roast palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Hopleaf (Chicago, IL). Another Surly rate. Top #2 Rater still going strong (Despite not living in Minny and only being there once). Pours a lively dark blackish pour, with some lighter brownish edges, dies to a frothy offwhite head, some light lacing. Darker but not opaque. Aromas are a decent touch of piney hops, some gentle deadened grapefruit, some roast and toast, just a gentle touch of sweetness but dry overall. As it warms, the aroma grows a bit more. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, offering prickly dry hops up front. Grapefruit, some pine, and earth mix with decent roast, some toast. Some gentle cocoa comes in with that gentle hoppy yet malty "Darkness Jr" essence. Envelopes the palate well, offering healthy balance with an ode to the dry and hoppy, touches of roast, cocoa, smoothed out malts. Finish is dry, pine and grapefruit lingering. Nice, better than this year’s Darkness in my opinion.
jackl (6781) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ Surly. Deep brown with a small head. Loads of sweet cocoa and toffee. Some charred grain, earth. Roasted nuts. Flavor is a bit drier. More pepper. Charred grains, toast. Dark cocoa and burnt brown sugar. Medium body, a bit oily.
Iphonephan (5802) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the brewery. Pours black with a tan head. Nutty nose. Flavors of cocolate , leather and citrus. Bitter finish. One of the best black IPAs that I have had.
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught during Darkness Day 2011 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thick and creamy beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of spicy and piney hops, a hint of black malt and a touch of tangerine. Taste is medium bodied, mild black ale character with flavors of light tangerine, grapefruit zest and roasted dark malt. Finish has a mild bitterness, soft palette with some roasted black malt aftertaste. An easy drinking Black Ale with a short lived mild bitterness.
VastActiv (5402) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at CBC 2015, Copenhagen. Originally rated 20150502. Colour is black with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, some hops and roasted malts.
JohnnyJ (5330) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Cloudy brown pour, with a light tan head. Roasted malt, light ash, dry cocoa powder, citrus, moderate hops, and slight pine. Ok, for a "Black IPA" I wish it had more hops.
Pyrmir (5318) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at CBC15. Brown with off white head. Aroma has lots of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, toffee, light nuts and light burnt notes. Taste is fairly dry, chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar, cocoa, pine and dark sugar.
badgerben (4805) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Minnesota Winterfest 2013. Black color with a small head. Piney hop and chocolate malt aroma. Piney flavor. Fairly thin body.
HonkeyBra (4018) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at the XV Anniversary party. I guess all hoppy black ales are black IPAs now? Not sure I’d consider this all that similar to the other beers in this category but I digress . . . Dark brown to black pour, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, mild hops. A fair amount of roast . . . perhaps more than I was expecting. Flavor is smooth and nice. Chocolate balanced out with bitterness derived from the roasted malt as well as the hops. Body is a touch on the light side but that’s not necessarily a knock on the beer. All said, I feel like it was pretty good. Enjoyable, sessionable hoppy black ale.