Travlr (10574) - 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 (3046) - 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 (8354) - 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 (2348) - 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 (4322) - 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.
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Location/Date:Bottle on July 10th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours opaque black with light red head.
Aroma: Roasted malt,
Taste: Medium high bitterness, roasted malt, faint coffee, balanced.
Summary: I haven’t had a Duck-Rabbit beer in awhile, but that’s going to change. Sometimes black IPAs are too aggressive, or syrupy to me. This beer is just really balanced and well made. Well done.
unclemattie (4158) - Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler @ Cumming Growler. Black pour, dark brown foam. Nice lace. Aroma of hop florals, loads of citrus, heavy resin scent, huge chocolate, and a hidden mint(?). Tastes of Carolina mountain water, charred malts, loads of chocolate malt, very burnt cereal character. Hops linger on the tongue heavily. Dominate pine bitterness in the finish and then there is more charred, roasted chocolate malts. Heavy on the hops, along with charred grains is welcoming to my tastes. Very nice for the Black IPA style. Thank you DR.
ChainGangGuy (4359) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.59 at Charlie’s Beer and Wine in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a tall, medium tan-hued head. Agreeable lace deposits on the drop.
Smell: Floral, vibrant citrusy hops, plenty resinous (with some light pine, too), overtaking the chocolaty, gently roasty, lightly toasty malts.
Taste: Lightly tar-hinted roast opens with fire-burnt bread crusts, then, a bit of chocolate, though little imparted sweetness. It’s citrusy, resiny, lightly piney, also a bit grassy once the hops kick in. Dry, resiny, bitterish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It’s bold without being disparagingly intense. A solid ABA.
LilBeerDoctor (3429) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, and piney hops. Flavor of hops up front (citrusy, grassy, some pine) with roasted malt in the finish, some charred and sweet malty notes. Great hoppy black ipa!