Cybercat (3200) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque dark sable-brown with a fairly thick tan head that leaves some good lacing. Smoky, hoppy aroma has notes of roast malt and anchovies. Flavor has woody and smoky components plus a fishy hint and a bitter hoppy undertone. Smooth texture has about average body but good fizz and leaves a burnt-wood finish that has a hint of fish.
spilledpint (341) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep brown black with a frothy 2" cinnamon head. Excellent retention and lace. Aroma is complex. Definite roasty aroma with some pine and a touch of citrus. Beer is lightly sweet and roasty with a pretty moderately hopped finish. There is a strange sour note on the finish as well that brings to mind Chinese black vinegar. Really odd. Medium thick body with fairly strong carbonation. The sourness on the finish throws this one off. Pretty much smells looks and feels good but flavors are off. Perhaps an off bottle? I’ll have to rerate this if I get the chance.
rangerred (892) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours an opaque dark brown with a humongous three finger dark brown head. Really amazing head retention and lacing.
Wonderful aroma of cocoa mixed with citrus hops. Some nice coffee notes in there as well. This really has a good nose on it.
The flavor has a tartness that starts right at the beginning and lingers throughout. Lots of roasted malt and a little bit of burn coffee. Some cocoa too. Citrus hop flavor is present along with a fairly high level of bitterness. My one complaint would be the carbonation is a little high which seems to thin out the mouthfeel.
Overall, a really solid ABA and one I would gladly pick up again. Duck Rabbit really makes some good beers.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I will have to try this in a different bottle but it seems all over the place with a sour kick which seems fueled by the malt additions and the underlying bitter hops. Lactose city. This is a 96? I actually now know what the color black tastes like. This does not change my respect for the other offerings from duck-rabbit.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, best by October 2012. Served at around 40-45F.
Pours black with a large three finger foamy light brown head that leaves a nice ring of drippy, sticky lacing and holds a small cap.
Aroma is interesting, mint, pine, grassy hops, some orange citrus, dark roasted malts, some anise, chocolate and coffee. Good to very good strength.
Flavor is very dark roasted malts, a hint burnt, chocolate, coffee, anise, moving to a blast of piney hops, citrus, some mint, some herbal hops, good bitterness, mild sweetness, mild alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, strong carbonation.
Very good Black IPA. After hearing reports that some batches of this were infected, I was a bit leery going in, but thankfully this one is good. Very hoppy, but also extremely roasty. Good stuff.
crossovert (6941) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
An okay black ale. It isnt extremely hoppy which works but the maltiness iant too interesting
jrob21 (2466) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was surprised to see a hippy drink from these guys but they pull it off well. Aromas of pine and pepper. Flavor is nice and roasty malt. A pretty good example of this style so many miss on. Unish has a touch of bitterness and resiny pine.
rollinsr (366) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a midnight brown color with some dark tan head. Aroma is sweet and pungent hop flavor with a bitterness you can feel just from the nose. Taste is an initial hop bite that gives rise to some dark and smoky chocolate malt notes that has a bit of their milk stout taste to it but with a little bitterness. This is the best black ipa I have had to date and highly recommend it.
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured adark brown color with a fair amount of head. Nice Toasty hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.
kippadams (1) - USA - JUL 18, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Taco Mac. A nicely balanced aroma of cocoa, caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee, grapefruits, and citrus rinds. Pitch-black pour with one finger head. Medium-bodied and very smooth on the way down. Lots of caramel and cocoa upfront taste-wise. A big burnt graininess and resin flavor in the middle. A fair amount of bitter coffee, black chocolate, and some citrus towards the end as the hops take over.