HonusWagner (1692) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
These beers usually smell better than they taste, in my opinion, and this one was no exception. Rich chocolatey and citrusy nose comes with a palate that is just slightly too bitter and a flavor profile that clashes more than Iíd like. Still, pretty darn good and another impressive side project.
JStax (3450) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a nice dark brown to black with a beige head of foam. Good retention. The aroma was surprisingly a little caramelly with a subdued earthy hop profile. The taste starts with that sweet notes, but finishes dry and herbal. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
Jabah (166) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
About average for this style. Black IPAs are hit or miss for me, so this falls near the border. Decent amount of hops, though I prefer more of a malt balance. Aroma has some mild citrus and pine, but overpowered by some kind of musty smell. Glad I tried this in the winter mix-pack bundle, but wouldnít really want to sample this in a bomber or growler.
BeerdedDave (728) - - APR 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
black color; citrusy hops and roasted malt aroma; citrusy hops on a medium bodied roasted malt base
BierMeHoos (276) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Appearance is black, opaque, and khaki head. Aroma is floral, piney, and citrus hops. Taste is same, but with caramel malt flavor. Palate is medium to full. I don't love this style as much as others do, but still decent.
Damico (2790) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick dark black unclear with a creamy beige head. Aroma brings fresh piney hops so nice in the nose. Flavor brings roasted malts and piney hops blended on the palate smoothly and rich.
MarkSachon (698) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Really warms the bones and has enough exotic stuff in it to keep you guessing for a long time. Explore it if you get a chance.
finn1918 (218) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small, dense head. Pretty typical for a black IPA--lots of citrus hops on the nose and taste with a decent malt backbone. Good dry finish. Not an outstanding black IPA, but one of the better 12 pack beers Iíve had.
Aggiebob (162) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This black IPA has a bitter coffee taste and a long finish as the hops dominate. Overall, it is a good IPA but not one that I will go out of my way to get.
Ed5388 (2455) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via variety pack. Pours black with a finger of creamy tan head. Aroma is a little odd. Notes of milk chocolate, over ripened grapefruit, and orange juice from concentrate. Taste is better then the aroma. Notes of dark malt and dark chocolate up front, followed by a big hit of bitter orange and pine, and finishes with roasted malts and caramel.
jgb9348 (4994) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a very soapy, large, four centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of fresh citrus and piney hops with a good deal of roasted malt, coffee and a bit of alcohol - nice and fragrant, mostly from the hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and citrus-based hops with a good and relatively smooth roasted malt backbone and a bit of earth coming through near the finish. Aftertaste is very one-dimensional with the hops battling through the roasted malt, but since this is more hop-heavy, the balance is a bit off. Overall, a decent Black IPA, not stellar, but showing more hops than malt and seems a tad watery near the finish. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Foggy Bottom - I Street), DC on 16-October-2014 for US$2,49 sampled at home in Washington on 11-November-2014.