DocLock (8184) - 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 (3650) - 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 (346) - 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 (976) - 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 (8347) - 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 (2751) - 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.