nickd717 (3509) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Chipís in OBX. Darkest brown in color with a large lasting light tan head. Amazing aroma of piney hops with roasty and chocolate notes. Maybe some molasses. Smooth and roasty flavor with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and nice hop flavors. Medium-bodied and very smooth with hop oils. A damn good example of the style, one of the best Iíve had.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Samís, Durham. Far and away my least favorite DR beer ever. Not because of the style but because, over the course of a full sixer, the brew couldnít shake a significant tartness that overtook anything remotely piney or citric and just seemed like infection. Decent look and mouthfeel, and you can certainly sense whatís going on during the makings of this beer. But with some apparent inconsistency, my bottles seem to have been on the icky end of the run.
deyholla (6660) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 On tap at Porter beer bar. Pours a black with a brown head that lasts throughout the beer with strong retention and laces nicely. Aroma has a nice combination of dark grains, pine hops and a bit of grassiness with just a hint of chocolate. Flavor begins with strong dark and roasted malts up front but is joined by a pine hoppiness and has even a hint of mint in the finish. Quite nice.
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Jamesís place (thanks Dallas). Thick black pour with moderate tan head. Aroma is a balanced mix of pine and coffee. Notes of coffee grounds and pine needles. Slight ethanol in the finish but nothing offensive. Balanced level of earthy notes that work well together. Iím most impressed the lack of astringency despite how prominent the pine is.
jredmond (5352) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with Dallas courtesy of Dallas. Pours a deep black with chocolate lacing. Aroma is super bright citrus hops, spice and pine resin. Mouthfeel is active carbonation and notes of citrus and pine hops, resin, spice, bright yeast.
drfabulous (4015) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce from Bruisin Ales. Big carbonated pour. Black body. Strong tobacco and chocolate taste. Dominant hops and pine. This one differs a bit from other black IPAs. The body of the beer is more complex than merely having a lot of hops.
DocLock (7871) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours dark blackish with dark brown edges and a 2-finger fluffy khaki head. Nose is Alpha Klausy; huge roasty black patent malt, resiny bitter hops, cacao. Tastes assertively hoppy, very malty, nicely balanced, and complex, with the flavors popping off the tongue. THis one starts lively and stays lively, with the hops and malt blending together well. This is another great beer from Paul, and a top 10 black IPA.
weedlove (3) - durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great floral aroma that follows into the initial taste. Black appearance, nice mouthfeel. Harsh on the palate, but worth it.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was quite disappointed in this beer. May have been a bad batch. It tasted like an old, unpreserved beer. Harshly abrasive. It seems to have had some fruity flavors and a nice hop presence, which should have resulted in a tasty brew, but alas, not this time.
Cybercat (3339) - 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.