Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours dark brown with hints of ruby around the edges and a medium beige head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and piney hops. Medium body with flavors of resiny hops, citrus and toasted malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Solid Black IPA all around.
Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured a healthy shade of deeper brown with a short khaki head. The aroma picked up dank pine and perfumey hoppage over caramel and toasted chocolate malts.. I loved the fresh, vibrant hop presence, and the malts worked OK. The flavor found sweeter chocolate, iced tea, and roasty black patent notes at the core, with fresh, green pine and perfumey bitterness around.. dank and bitter on the finish.. good stuff. Medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbo on the palate.. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the malts in here, but the hops were really delicious and made up for it.
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky brown beer with a tan head. Big grapefruit and summer fruit aroma. Summer fruti and grapefruit flavor. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Pine and light summer fruit lingers with grapefruit.
j12601 (6585) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle w/o a very imaginative name pours up brown – copper – amber, brownish with tiny floaties and thin tan head. The aroma is big and bold even while still pretty cold and delivers chewy pine and citrus hop goodness mixing with a bit of spicy hops, earthiness and faint roasted malts. The flavor, oh yeah, I’m liking this. It unloads a great mix of pine hops and somewhat malt sweetened grapefruit and tangelo citrus hops. The hops have a modest level of hops flavor but formidable hop bitterness. This is chewy yummy and bold and maintains a nice hop flavor into the finish. Lovely.
crossovert (6362) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle.
It pours a murky pond water brown with tons of floaties and a fluffy light brownish-tan head.
The smell is slightly roasty with some cocoa, there is a hint of tropical fruit. Not really a prime-time combo.
The flavor is pretty bitter which helps it. There is a fair amount of cocoa and roastiness. The hops aren’t as apparent in the flavor besides the bitterness. There is a slight bit of fruit but it is subtle. It really tastes more like a porter with a ton of bittering hops more than anything, not really an IPA at all and not bad.
If they just got rid of the aroma hops in this one it would be pretty good.
DuffMan (6164) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, with a surprising amount of sediment at the end of the pour. Enormously hoppy aroma, green and leafy, resinous. Full hop assault on the palate, fresh and aggressive, conifer, gooseberry, lemon rind. There is roast here too, I just need to let my palate re-equilibrate to find it. So good.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (caramel), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin), with notes of carpet, rubber, and onions.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent.
Surprisingly dirty and unpleasant. Reminds me of Sam Adams’ beers, apart from the raw floor-cleaner-resin hop odor that this brewer seems to love so much for some reason. Fairly sour in the mouth with a foul aftertaste. Phew, they really whiffed this one.
5000 (6027) - 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.
marcus (6018) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a huge beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a brown ale flavor with lots of treacle and a citrus finish. Complex and tasty.