TheAlum (6812) - 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.
AmEricanbrew (6607) - Same Trailer, Different Park, 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.
BBB63 (6507) - 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.
blutt59 (6414) - 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
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.
Mora2000 (6134) - 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.
bytemesis (6030) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish black, medium tan head, good lacing. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, light pine. Flavor is medium sweet, roasty, chocolate, some pine and citrus, but more of a stout than an IPA on the nose and mouth. Light-medium body overall. A bit of an anachronism for me.
Beerman6686 (6019) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was darker roasted malts and a good amount of citrus specifically grapefruit hops. Flavor was more roasted than expected, almost overpowering the large amount of hops in this one. A bit too roasted for what I was expecting and was lmost more lik a hoppy porter than a black IPA.
riversideAK (6016) - 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.
thirdeye11 (5952) - 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.