bubbleflubber (1637) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Packís Tavern in Asheville, it pours opaque black into the glass, with a lovely tan head that leaves fluffy whipped lacing. The nose is malty with hints of floral notes. Quite good flavors, of roasted coffee, pine resin, molasses, integrated bitters, alongside light chocolate notes coming through the clean roasted bitter finish. The body is silky smooth and creamy on the palate. Great complexity and hidden ABV. Very well put together on arrival. No kidding, i would have thought that it was a nitro tap if I didnít know better, the mouth is that creamy. Great job here!
PGHbeer77 (556) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Bottle from Zillieís on Ocracoke Island, NC. A bitter black ale. Grass hop scent with roasted coffee and a touch of caramel malt. Big frothy tan head over a gorgeous black pour. Medium body, creamy texture, and a sticky finish. Hoppy up front then big bitter and a roasted coffee finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of dark malt, hops, pine, resin, light bitter citrus, slight roasting, and some molasses. Poured very dark brown/black in color with a huge, rocky, loose, foamy, brown head that diminished but lasted throught. Opaque. Sparkling. Full of medium and large-sized particles throughout. Good to very good lacing. Flavor is medium bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, light roasting, hops, pine, resin, and some molasses. Medium body. Tingly then dry texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Medium bitter, lightly sweet, malt, roast, molasses, hop, pine, resin finish is dry. 7.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
mixmasterob (871) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a beige head. Left some good lace. Nice citrusy, dank aroma mixed in with notes of roasted malt and cocoa. Flavors were roasty with nice underlying hints of American hops. Long coffee like bitter finish, hung around on the palate for awhile. Silky mouthfeel with light carbonation. Not too shabby. Up there with most of the black IPAs iíve tried... Albeit I am not a fan of the style.
Suttree (4736) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled (multiple times) at the Knoxville Brewfest. Black as you might expect. Smells like coffee and grapefruit, Flavor is more coffee and grapefruit, with rye and hints of chocolate. And dangerously easy to drink at 7.3%...
maxwelldeux (2699) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated at Brew Bern 2012. Wow... Iím really glad I had this one. This wasnít too hoppy for an IPA, but you definitely got some of the hoppy bitterness you would expect with a beer like this. Plus, it comes with the smooth richness you expect from Duck Rabbit. Definitely a great beer.
radagast83 (3744) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at NOVA BrewFest. Poured a near pitch black color, plenty of dark ruby notes. Aroma was roasted malts, chocolate notes, touch of solid hop notes. Flavor was creamy chocolate malts, notes of hops. Very good!
arventresca (512) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Starts hoppy, gets malty, then hoppy again. A pretty darn good beer from a good brewer.
Butters (3573) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with dense light brown head. Nose is light citrus and pine hops. Flavor is more complex. At first, a distinct green hoppiness, and then a heavy dosing of roast and chocolate malts, almost burnt. And then the bitterness of the hops returns on the tail end, almost like licking wood. It has a íwood agedí quality, but i donít see any mention of that on label. Still, pretty tasty, but not the best aba iíve had.
nimbleprop (3852) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle I picked up at Normís in Vienna. Cascadian Dark Ale all the way. Pours an opaque black with a creamy, lacing, beige head. Herbal, citrus nose, a little dried basil, some lemon, dried leaves, dried hop bines, floral, some chocolate easter eggs. Flavor is malty, licorice, crackers, toast, milk chocolate, some citrus, grapefruit, lemon. Full bodied, dry, astringent finish. More malt forward. Needed more of a big, American hop presence to truly ring as a Black IPA.