Ughsmash (7001) - 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.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this while camping at BCTC this year. Pours a clear brown with ruby highlights and a thin beige head. Hoppy aromas, malty brewhouse, chocolate and toffee. Big chocolate and earthy malt, smooth. Light tobacco. Long slow chocolate and a hoppy bitter finish.
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours mahogany with ruby edges and tan head. The aroma is pine running by some roasted malts, some burnt malts, a seemingly out of place note of citrus and then smooth nearly subtle rauch maltiness. The taste is much the same with pine hops mixing with citrus hop flavor, dark roasted malts and rauch malt smokiness seeming a tad peaty. I always have wondered what a hop forward smoky beer would be like. I think the pine hops work well and the citrus may also work but seem a bit odd for some reason. After a few ounces the oddness has grown on me. It has plenty of smooth rauch and pine lingering deep into the after taste.
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of resiny hops, roasty, spicy. Tastes of pepper, bitter, roasty, some coffee, chocolate on the finish.
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. dark brown, tan head.
aroma keeps a nice hoppy nose, pine followed by some citrus.
flavors, similar to the aroma, lots of nice piney hops and citrus giving a mild bitetrness. The hoppy profile is dominant and is accompanied by a subtle touch of chocolate/caramel malts. Finishes with a mild powdery cocoa nibs that is delicious.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to boomer0813, black walnut color with soapy white foam, aroma of smokey licorice, flavor of cocoa,hops, smoke and caramel
drowland (5953) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My 10th black IPA... glad to knock out this style! 12/8/10. Bomber. Opaque black pour, some red on the edges when held to the light, under a thick brown head that lasts with a few millimeters. Strong sour hop presence with plenty of pine, coffee, and a hint of rubbing alcohol. Malty and sweet roasty flavor that leans so much on the malty and roasty side that it lends itself to almost being a hoppy stout/impy stout. Still, quite tasty.
phaleslu (5863) - 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.
BBB63 (5740) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my other NB Worthy glass: Pours a deep cola brown turning near black topped by a big assed frothy tan head that left excellent lacing, beautiful brew. The aroma has notes of charred, nutty, caramel, coffee, and biscuity malts thrown around by some piney resiny and a touch of grassy noble hops too. I found a bit of anise, leather, tar, and bubblegum too. The taste is well balanced between the sweet and astrengent malts versus the snappy and spicy hops. Plenty of coffeeish and bakers dark chocolate too. The mouth feel is sprite and oily, a bit chalky but easily drinkable. A top notch Dark Cascadian Black India not quite so pale Ale. Mikey Likey damn it. deal. Next to Beer Here Dark Hops, the 2nd best of new genre I have had.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from ibrew2or3. Thanks! Nose is roasty with notes of dark chocolate sweetness here and there as well as some muted hops(flat earthy, and lightly papery notes). Pours dark brown almost black, nice head and lace. The flavor is more roasted malts, darker sweetness, some residual sugar. Light earthy bitterness, hops are flat and almost stale and this reminds me more of a foreign stout or something along that line right now. Not bad, just not really what i was expecting from a Black IPA.