jrob21 (2661) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow reading through the reviews and the experiences and descriptions are all over the place. I got a bit of pine and bubblegum aroma. The flavor is where the black part of this really came out. Mid palate had a lot of roasty thick malt flavors and the texture was slightly gritty like cocoa. The finish had a bit of citrus and some pine again. One of the more entertaining side projects. Glad they hit a good one with version 10.
phaleslu (6790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle as an extra in a trade with JCB- thanks again, Jason! Pours a dark opaque brown, basically black, with a tan head that leaves some soapy lacing in the glass. Aroma of earthy hops, dark roasted malts, dirt, pine, wood, grass, and toasted brown sugar. Flavor of earthy hops, dark roasted malts, pine resin, citrus, grass, charred wood, earthy notes, dust, dark chocolate, and just a little coffee. Finishes roasty and bitter. Medium-bodied, with average carbonation and a dirty mouthfeel. Not a typical IPA, and certainly worth a try.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle tasted blind on 4/9/10. Pours dark brown with huge mocha head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel with hints of oak and pine. Nice sweetness then a great bitter mocha finish. Balanced carbonation that really brought out the roasted malt.
TomDecapolis (4539) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2010 Tap at Capones. Pours a deeper brown almost black with a medium creamy tan head that coated the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, great orange and floral hops. Flavor of this great hop flavor, orange, floral and other citrus. Also getting toasted malt and caramel.
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber courtesy of ughsmash, thanks! pours a medium black with a light brown head that leaves good lacing. aroma is a slightly subdued hop profile with soem hints of baking cocoa and roast. the taste starts as a nice hoppy ipa, then nicely transitions into a slightly creamy bitter chocolate finish. good palate, a bit astringent.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Midtown. Pours a coffee brown with a two finger brown head that diminishes to a ring. Roasty aroma out of the fridge, but more tropical fruit as it warms. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Bold roasty malt core countered by a grapefruit rind and piney bitterness. Slight astringency on the finsh with some lingering resin. Not bad. Some Black IPAs seems to fight for identity on the palate. Perhaps I am not used to them yet, but this definitely fits the mold of this unofficial style
ebmalon (62) - Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to pint glass. Pour is dark brown to black, loose tan head with subtle lacing. Nose is all hops fading to roast malt. Mouth is smoky malt with a bit of sweet. Finish is bitter, coffee but smooth. Pretty nice.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is hops and roasty malt. Taste is dry hops, toasted malt and coffee. Goes down very smooth. Really good stuff.
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just in time for the official of the christening of the new American-Style India Black Ale style. Just rolls right off the tongue!
Appearance: Served up a black body ("like licorice" according to LibrarianGirl) with a thinnish, light beige head.
Smell: Striking scents of well-roasted malts and brash hops with notes of citrus fruits and pine all vieing for attention.
Taste: Charry, blackened malts displaying a taste of roasted coffee beans and just a litte bit of sweetness transitions to a citrusy, piney hops with a bold bitterness. Small hint of particularly bitter dark chocolate. Tussle of roastiness and hoppy bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Hoppy and dark, just like Lebron James! These brews are curious blending of styles that Iím still acclimating myself to. This one was pleasant enough.
beernovice39 (3155) - Montana, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Dark brown almost black pour, frothy tan head. Scent of grass and hops. Nice malty, hoppy and chocolate taste. Not my favorite style but still an interesting brew.