punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black pour with a small, off-white head. The aroma is apples, grapefruit and slight roastiness. The flavor has lots of grapefruit with notes of pine, evergreen, caramel and a sweetish roasted malt backbone. Creamy, medium body with lots of carbonation.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from MrFacto, thanks Matt. Rating #118. Pitch black pour with a dark fluffy light brown head. Citrusy hop aroma, light roast, pretty nice. Light bitterness with a secondary lingering bite on the back of the tongue and a little more roast in the finish. (1312)
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a stately cap of beige head. The aroma picked up toasted caramel and molasses upfront with fresh pine resin, sparkly citrus, and a hint of ashy smoke around.. spicy overall and well-presented. The flavor found a hefty dose of burnt black malt throughout, some giving off coffee and molasses character.. bitterness was bright and mostly piney.. finished with tacky black malts, a touch of smoke, and residual pine bitterness. Medium-bodied and scratchy across the palate.. a little sharp at times.. overall well-balanced with a tad too much burnt character.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Terrapin is really rocking it with their beers. Anyway medium bodied beer with little head on the initial pour. I smell malts and very bitter hops. Interesting nose. I can taste chocolate, hops, malts, coffee and malts as well. Very nice beer.
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours as black as an imperial stout. Smells like one too. However it taste like one might expect with a roasted hop flavor that finishes clean and smooth. Awesome
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a dark cola brown color topped by a small, pillowy head of tan colored foam. Some small sudsy lines of lace coat the glass. The aroma shows notes of sharp pine resin and grapefruit hop bitterness up front while dry cocoa and bitter black malt provide the base and compliments the hops nicely. The flavor follows these same lines with the sharp citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops adding ample bitterness to go with the dark cocoa and bitter black malts in the base. The black malt adds an earthy character with the cocoa adds a touch of roast to balance things out. Medium bodied in the mouthfeel with balanced carbonation that leaves a semi-dry feeling on the palate. The hop bitterness lingers on the finish. This is a solid black ipa, and one of my favorites from this series by Terrapin.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours a dark mahogany body with a three finger head that retains well and leaves abundant sticky lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, grapefruit hops, and a hint of dark roasty coffee. Full medium body has a creamy carbonation. Taste has earthy and pinky grapefruity hops with lots of milk chocolate notes. Just a hint of roasty coffee. Finishes with a slight earthiness and a dry roasty maltiness, but still more like a hoppy porter than a black IPA.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Lizzy McCormack’s. Pours a dark, translucent cola to mahogany color with a frothy, whipped head of khaki tinted foam. Patchy, ribbony swaths of lacing circle the glass. The nose is boldly hopped, featuring sharp, dry grapefruit and pine notes prominently. Soft, dry cocoa and black patent malts provide a smooth, unobtrusive, solid backdrop that complements the resinous hops nicely. Flavors follow suit, falling well on the hoppy side of balanced, again flush with bold citrus, grapefruit, orange, and pine resin bitterness. Dark, cocoa driven malts are simple but effective, bringing a hint of softly sweet earthiness and roast to the table. Medium-plus in body stature, the palate sports balanced carbonation and a slightly chalky, semi-dry feel. Overall, it’s a pretty damn solid example of a dark IPA. Good stuff.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. This one took forever to get to Virginia so I’m glad to finally see it. Pours a very dark nearly black color with a large offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of very earthy, slighty herbal hops with a bit of citrus. The taste is earthy bitter hops with smoky notes and and chocolate in the finish. Medium-full bodied. Not quite what I was expecting with the smokiness but still pretty good. 5/17/10.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great stuff, best beer of the night in a sampling I did two weeks ago. Great hop flavor but smooth and drinkable. I’m really becoming a big fan of black IPAs, they seem to have a great flavor while beeing more drinkable than some of the bruisers.