TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from GAManiac. Thanks, Grant! Pours a very dark blackish hue, brownish edges, a decent sized offwhite head dies to a decent film, decent lacing. Aromas are a nice piney floral hopping, roasted malts, touch of gentle vanilla and cocoa. Nice on the nose. Initial is a nice good roast and floral pine blend, very nice, moderate bitterness, roast, gentle vanilla and cocoa provide some sweetness, but it fairly bitter, nice mellow sweetness. The cocoa really grabs hold of me on the backend, provides an interesting contrast to the piney floral bitterness. Very nice, pretty drinkable, a light grapefruit and melange of pine and florals. This is quite pleasant, not an overblown hopping, but it works well with the mellow cocoa and good roastiness, touch of vanilla. If this is lighter abv, it plays into itís favor. Nice.
PorterPounder (6395) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pours pitch black with a sticky mocha colored head. Fresh, fragrant aroma with some heavy spruce and a hint of mint. Flavor has heavy citrus bitter, hoppy grapefruit notes with a bit of underlying caramel and a touch of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is thick and rich and not too tongue numbing. Pretty decent overall if just a tad one-dimensional.
Cletus (6355) - 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.
blutt59 (6264) - 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
nimbleprop (6160) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours a watery, opaque black with a creamy, slightly off white head. Aroma is very hoppy, C hops, malty, a little metallic, floral, orange rind. Flavor is sweet, light chocolate, light lemon, light brown sugar, light milk chocolate. Finish is medium bodied with a touch of lasting bitterness. Nose is nice, flavor is a letdown.
Mora2000 (6055) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to cochell for sending this bottle to me.
The beer pours black with an off-white head. The aroma is pretty heavy on the smoke with some roasted malt as well. The flavor is earthy hops, smoke and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not as much hop presence as I expected from the term Black IPA, but this is still a good beer.
thirdeye11 (5843) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle thanks to boomer0813) espresso brown pour, soapy khaki bubbles with nice lacing. Nose of milk chocolate, graham cracker, vanilla, biscuit, just delicious. Taste of fudge/cocoa, chocolate malt, light citrus, really easy to drink! Oily body and creamy as hell.
riversideAK (5738) - 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.
egajdzis (5652) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, toast, vanilla, roast, light smoke, pine, and citrus. Taste of roasty, citrus, piney, resiny hops, and a bitter grassy finish.
decaturstevo (5524) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Resiny hops, light chocolaty roasted malt. Roasted malt, resiny hops, a hinto sweet on the start with a dry finish. Medium body with smooth carbonation. A hinto watery finish. Pretty good beer.