phaleslu (5208) - 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.
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color/ tan head. Mild floral hop aroma with black malt, mineral, caramel. medium bodied. Earthy mineral, dusty black malt, spicy hop flavors with a taste of caramel,. dry black bitter finish.
Mora2000 (5159) - 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.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, 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.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, 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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TJís: Aroma of hops, pine, citrus, black malt, and a hint of cocoa. Almost black in color, it poured very dark brown/ruby with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor is medium bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, black malt, light brown sugar, pine, and hints of smoke. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Piney hop, black malt, and brown sugar finish is lightly dry.
PorterPounder (4955) - 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.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
So elusive and rare! I played a losing game of hide and seek with this guy for awhile. Then I picked one up at my local store, sadly in non-growler format; although, I did consider buying a few and pouring them into a growler just to taste the totally awesome rarity effect that sitting inside 64 ounces of glass apparently has on this beer. I was too dazzled at the tasting opportunity to review at the time. From notes.
Pours near black with a bit of head. Nose is some citrus hops and a good deal of roast. Taste is slightly bitter and dry with roast. Hints of coffee. Nice citrus and a bit of pine. Medium body. Pretty good. Itíd take on the good captain again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-22-2010
swoopjones (4940) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, probably sat on this one too long. But it has aged well. Choclatety flavor, roasty, hops have diminished. Very flavorful, great mouthfeel, oily. Real nice.!
decaturstevo (4416) - 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.