Slipstream (2218) - USA - APR 27, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well all right, another Stone collaboration - hats off to Stone for doing these! Superb aroma with loads of pine in with some flowers and roasty notes. The flavor is likewise piney, with some dark coffee too - but it gets a touch harsh, unfortunately. The palate is unusual - a little thin at first, followed by a warming tingle. Maybe a little overhopped, but definitely complex and interesting, with lots of smoky campfire flavor (which is fine by me).
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Nearly black pour, frothy carbonation and an earthy look. Getting some black IPA fatigue for sure, but I found this one to be fairly elegant. Moderately roasty nose and mostly pungent hops. A hint of caramel and bitter anise/char in the tastes but mostly bright and floral. Still, it makes one wonder why you don’t just go for an IPA if this is where the beer is dialed in.
Barreras (1230) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a deep brown color with aroma of dark roasted malt. Taste was a bit too bitter for my taste. A hint of ginger and spice in the beer with a rough IPA bitterness in the end. Overall a good looking beer, but a little too much IPA punch in the taste department.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit dissapointed with this one. Pours definitely more brown than black...wouldn’t really call it a black IPA...just an IPA that’s darker than most. I’d say it sort of looks nice....but the thing has LOADS of sediment...and I don’t mean like cloudy like an unfiltered wheat....I mean like it looks like somebody dumped a bunch of minced garlic in the bottom. Having said that, the beer tastes fine and all...I’m just still taken back a bit by how much I’m going to have to chew the rest of this thing.
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a just clear dark brown to black with a large beige head. Citrus on the nose, floral hints, a touch of roast. Medium bodied, sweet, roast and toast. Soft cocoa and roast before more sweet long candied grapefruit and citrus. Long gently sweet bitterness on the finish. Nice stuff.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Certainly more brown than black, moderate to large foamy sandy head, nice lacing.   Vibrant hop nose, a bit pithy and citrusy.   Blackness comes on the tongue, a bit of roastiness right up front followed by some moderate hop bitterness.   Not too bright, course I have sat on this for a while.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Clean hoppy finish, more like a regular IPA than one that is Black.   Roastiness is up front, but the IPA takes over in the back.   Clean, hoppy, and respectable.
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Opaque black body, medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, light floral. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some chococaramel, light lemon. Medium body, some resin, acidity, light stickiness.
radagast83 (5606) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was pine malts, citrus, roasted notes - but not too roasted. Flavor was citrus, with touches of sweet, nutty malts.
bmerz (738) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Not quite Opaque brown with great big rocky head and excellent lace. Big round soft floral and dank hop aroma with funky cheese on toast notes. Thinner taste of dark roasted grains, mild sweetness, and a roasted chipotle bitter run off. somewhat gritty mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking beer with a notable nose.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Aroma is pungent fresh hop of the citrus/piney variety. Flavor has a roasty edge with a slightly dialed-down version of the nose. Palate is hands-down one of the best for any black IPA I've had. Excellent beer!
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