Ferris (10524) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Roasty grapefruit. Lots of roast with a hoppy bitterness. Nice and balanced with a great finish.
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft… Hunahpu’s Day 2011… Pours clear and black with flashes of ruby around the edges of the glass. Piney, hempen hops and burnt malt are the aromatic standouts. Medium-bodied and fizzy. The flavor leans slightly bitter with plenty of black malt and herbal hops. Short, crisp, mostly clean finish. Refreshing.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
750ml bottle, thanks to voodoofish65usf. Labeled 6.8%. Brown color. Thin khaki off-white head. Leaves good thicker lace. Chris says he’s had this for a few months, and no date is found on the bottle. Kind of a musty smell in the nose, and a strange soy sauce like flavor in the taste. Light bit of tartness, seems like it’s close to infection. I guess that’s the tannin? Really big tannin on this, if that’s what I’m tasting. No mention of wood though so I’m not sure how that would be... Medium-plus body, smooth, kind of soft texture. Dry finish. Spicy malt. Some roast. Interesting stuff to try. Don’t get much hop from it at the moment. Not a fan of this at all.
deyholla (9635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a near clear dark brown with a fluffy tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a bit of earthy dark grains with some light fruits, a bit of pine and some chocolate backing. Flavor has a combination of earthy dark grains and pine with a bit of light fruit underlying.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Green Room Brewing in Jax Beach, FL. Pours a deep, clear maroon near black with a thin, coffee head. Spots of lace. Nose is muted- small ash and raisins with something like bacon wrapped plum, dark cherry, and tobacco. All is a bit hard to pick out without the typical robust aromatic hop nose you would expect in this style. Taste is prickly up front with bitter melon rind hops but no explosion you might want from Black IPA. More fruits, lemon, and gin spices like coriander. Carbonation is way to high. Body is a bit too attenuated. Finishes with some big resinous hop but the palate is still too thin and even comes off as lemony tart. Decent.
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle shared by voodoofish65usf - thanks again, Chris! Pours a dark amber-brown with a soft khaki head that laces the glass. Aroma of tobacco, chocolate, citrus zest, pepper, toast, earth, and oak. Chris suspected this might be a few months old, but it seemed more like a year-plus old, like something bad is starting to set in way too soon. Flavor of earth, metal, tobacco, citrus, toast, dark fruit, and tannins. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a thinned, tannic, sweet, metallic mouthfeel. A bit off. Didn’t really work for me.
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This fluffy Black Pale Ale benefits from floral and fruity notes, making the roasted chestnut and tobacco allusions become even more engaging.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark mahogany.
-The mouthfeel is very comfortable, just like their bottled Smoked Porter’s.
-This is quite intricate!
-The resinous hop bitterness balances out the malt and yeast contributions.
-All in all, this is very drinkable.
alexsdad06 (8162) - Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle shared by Chris. Pours a clear cola brown with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma and flavor have a tart, funky thing going on like there is some infection, wood, tannins maybe, but doesn’t seem much like a black IPA.
djd07 (7918) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle during RBWG thanks to Swamp Head. Pours a clear brown with small beige head. The aroma is bready malt and wet hop. Thin mouth with roasted malts, chocolate light dry finish.
Ibrew2or3 (7910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the Cigar City – Swamp Head tap take-over event. It pours muddy mahogany with tan head. The aroma offers up citrus hops, sweet citrusy jam, citrus hop resin and a modest level of dark roasted malts. The taste is crisp and hoppy citrusy goodness going from orange peel to tangelo to sweet orange marmalade and then into bitter grapefruit juice. I only get modest to mild levels of various dark roasted malts and chocolate malts. Yummy easy drinking brew, and I drank a lot of this during the event, but this is on the outer edges (the sessionable edge) of this new beer style.