5000 (6211) - 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.
Ernest (6157) - 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 Adamsí 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.
arminjewell (6094) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle is murky brownish with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of big fruity orange, grapefruit and other citrus notes, touch of resinous and pine notes as well meld into some cocoa and roasted notes, touch of caramel. Taste is more of the resinous, dank hop with some slight grapefruit undertones, going into a nice balanced roast and chocolate middle, finishes bitter. Nicely executed.
after4ever (6088) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. Pours a murky ebony with a dense and creamy tan head. Big tangy sweet nose, lots of oily hop poking through a sweet malty presence. Blood oranges, orange pith, grapefruit. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Tangy blood oranges and lots of other bitingly citric qualities from the acidity of the hop oils are bouncing around, almost a little too much but in a pleasant and decadent way. Tangy sharp oily finish, hoppy grapefruit bitterness.
mcberko (6029) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma explodes with citrus hops, with roasted malt to back - a bit of tropical fruits too. Flavour of buttery caramel malts / roasted malt, and lots of resinous hops. Less roasty and bitter and harsh than Stoneís other black IPAs. Very balanced and smooth. Great.
DrSilverworm (6021) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, purchased for $4 from Dutchís. Really dark brown red color... But the most striking visual aspect here are the super abundant chunks of yeast everywhere... Suspended in the body, stuck on the snifterís glass, and a bunch more still in the bottle itself. A bit of light tan / white head, leaves good lace. Light, but very smooth and crisp carbonation. Bigger body. Lots of roasty dark malt flavor in every sip. Some dark fruit, dates maybe. A great, sharp but balanced hop note comes in after that initial roastiness, and lingers in the aftertaste, beckoning you to come back to the glass for another sip. A very roasty and resin-bitter taste, light spice... Really awesome flavor overall, itís unique and difficult to describe. My expectations were set high for this, but honestly, this is great. And a six-pack of this stuff would be absolutely dreamy. Good to the last drop, chunks and all.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, dark brown with no foam, hoppy chocolate aroma, flavor is bitter piney hops , black licorice much like the escondian, nice beer
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/4/12. 12oz bottle courtesy ratebeef! Hazy brown pour with a small tan head that sticks and laces plenty. Pungent, almost sour hoppy aroma with cattiness, lemon peel, weed, and more. Sweet entry with caramel and chocolate that gives way to pungent hoppiness, again with cattiness and citrus. Nice!
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is what it is.
Balanced toffee, flowery.
Dennis shared this shit.
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A not-so-malty and very hoppy-bitter dark ale with an innapropriate acrid/tart character. Overall just ok.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed approximately 3 months after the beer release
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a long-lasting small beige head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is very bright, an explosion of piney and grapefruity hops, so bright and hoppy that with my eyes closed Iím not sure I would have guessed this is a Black IPA. Taste proposes a somewhat low-profile maltiness, far from a thick full body, some cake malts with a nougat flavor and some caramel. Hops dominate this beer. Lots of pine, grapefruity and lemony hops, high alpha acid, razor sharp and very assertive bitterness. The aggressive carbonation adds an extra dose of acidity to the citric hops and it makes this beer overall a bit too acrid. Iím rating this collaboration beer between three fine American breweries today July 4th when the USA are celebrating over 200 years of independence(*).
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