FriendOfBeer (88) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Notes of dark fruits, plum, raisin, and dates. Boozy and bitter finish although sweet. Slightly aqueous mouthfeel, wish it was more creamy. Very long bitter finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
kathouse (1016) - Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a finger size tan foam. Aroma is pine, wood, ash, and coffee. Chocolate, hop bitterness, and burnt toast mark this full bodied black ale. Finish is anise and tobacco. Plenty complex.
TBone (12566) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Craft Heads, Tokyo. Dark opaque black color, small brownish head. Aroma of salt licorice, roast and alcohol. Medium-bodied to full-bodied. Roasted malts, citrus/piney hoppyness and licorice. Feels actually more like "standard" black ipa than 10% imperial. Nice stuff.
CpyNPrnT (377) - Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of piney hops. Taste is piney and citrus hops, mild chocolate, lots of bitterness, clean finish with a nice alcohol warming. Very good!
Troupis (46) - - JUL 4, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my heaven. The smell and finish of the hops is both clean and bitter leaving layers of taste long after the drink.
On tap at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago.
July 4 day drinking.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
nuplastikk (4434) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber. Wow. This is one beast of a Black IPA, truly worthy of the Imperial monicker. Rich minty chocolate, coffee covered caramel and a massive resinous hop bill. I would think that this is in the 100+ IBU range...really bold hop tones. Absolutely massive beer, this is one of the best Black IPAs I’ve had.
nakedwhendrunk (2182) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Here’s my review of 3F’s version.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a super nice looking one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipates into a fairly decent looking black to dark brown colored body.
The smell had a super nice bitter allocation of coffee to roasted malts, bitter and somewhat piney hops come in pretty powerful to invade my nose.
The taste was bitter and sweet at separate times, I do get some chocolate and I do get some roasted coffee-ness. The aftertaste is nice and smooth through a nice coffee/chocolate flavoring. The finish is fairly quick and dry. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with a carbonation that is pretty good for the style and for me, nothing overly done but nothing subpar either. Overall, I say this is a pretty good American Black Ale well worthy of having again.
rdixon77 (746) - Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hop forward and rich black ipa. Almost opaque black pour. Nose is very grassy with some char presence. A full bodied taste that is hop driven but has roasted malts in the finish. Really like this one though black IPAs aren't my fav.
ChiTownDeadhead (11) - Northbrook, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This IPA is lacking as an full body and we rated lower because this brewery has done better.
-- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10
tmoreau (2445) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A shared bomber at Lunar Brewing Co., not too long after trying Surly’s version elsewhere on tap. Poured to snifters showing a ruby highlighted, black/brown color, with brownish tan, frothy, fairly lasting head foam, and wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was malty, roasted, cocoa, with a little wood & char, but a couple of odd hints of vegetal/celery, and a scent that I can only describe as freezer burn. Medium to full bodied, with decent carbonation, a rich malt base, potent, earthy, and lingering hop bitterness, somewhat disguised alcohol, and a finish that included a bit of tartness to accompany the astringency. The flavor notes became noticeably more cohesive as it warmed. Taken back some by the aroma, but otherwise, fairly impressed.