Jabic (430) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ar: Pine resin, orange, pineapple, and some cinnamon.
Ap: Deep brown, clear - very large mocha head with good retention and chunky lacing.
T: Light coffee with some cocoa - medium bitterness, piney and minty - lemon flavor mixed with roasted malts and currants on the finish.
P: Medium body with high carbonation - finish is dry.
O: Tasty and very complex beer - hop profile has typical American hop flavors, but with some interesting tropical and spicy accents.
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Duck Rabbit Beer Dinner @ Lucky 32 in Greensboro. Dark, stout/porter appearance. Not a stout nose, however. The chocolatey roasted malts marriage with Chinook-like New Zealand hops gives it smoky, yet piney hop aroma. Excellent mouthfeel. Rich, thick, coffee-like body but the hops coat the palate like an IPA. Nice prickly hop taste present from beginning to end of the brew. Another fantastic creation from the masters in Farmville.
rdixon77 (720) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful BIPA. The pour was a deep brown with a tan head. Aroma was chocolately malts with a biting piney edge. The hops really stood out and worked well with the chocolately-coffee base in the beer. Nice mouthfeel and drinkable with a kick. Good stuff.
boxofrane (2120) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mile Post. Pours black with a finger of tan head, decent lacing. Aroma has some pine and some dark maltiness - classic BIPA. Taste is medium bitter with some cocoa and burned malts. Solid palate. Nice brew.
Travlr (11932) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Black, thick brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of pine and coffee grounds. Taste is chicolatelt burnt esoresso, bitter pine finish. Very nice.
Elwood (3223) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: Draft at Fireworks. Dark brown pour. Earth and herbal nose. Light roast and a herbal bitterness on the palate. Medium body with a long, bitter finish. Not bad.
GT2 (8444) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355mL thanks to nuplastikk. Pours deep brown to black with a thick, tan head. Thick retention and sheety lacing. Rich, spicy on style Black IPA nose with squash, onion, savory dark chocolate, spicy cocoa power and cinnamon. Taste is very bitter, dry, one-note. Not bad. A little too watery for me. But certainly on style. I can see the spearmint character but there is more lemon tea in the finish than mint.
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a black cola with a medium sized deep tan-light brown head. Aroma of piney malt, bitter citrus, rye, light spearmint and hops. Taste of pine tar resin, bitter citrus, malt, rye and hops.
Azraiel (1) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2012 does not count
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
I drank the beer on tap and am rating it as a Black IPA. If it was intended to be a Stout/Porter, then I apologize for the low rating.
Little to no hop aroma. Had coffee and chocolate aromas, but I was expecting more hop aroma from a beer with Hoppy in the name.
Appearance was opaque, but with a tan head that dissipated very quickly.
Taste was fair, but there was too much bitterness introduced from the grain. This compounded with the hop bitterness made for a less than ideal experience. Had hints of chocolate and coffee, with low piny/floral notes from the hops.
Palate was spot on, it was not thick and chewy like many dark beers can be; It is what a Black IPA should be in my mind.
Overall it was a mediocre Black IPA.
nuplastikk (4399) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Opaque brown-black, steady glass lacing beige head. Really pleasant aroma, just what you’d want/expect from a BIPA. Despite the rich minty hops and chocolate, this beer is quite clean and balanced. Really nails it, surprisingly not sticky or underattenuated. Really good stuff.