JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour. The aroma is lightly fruity with a bit of cocoa. Musky but with some juicy fruit as well. A little bit of soft chewy hops and a bit of light cocoa. Malts are soft and a little bit of cocoa as well. Fruity and quite tasty. Quite soft and not all that bitter.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Three Heads Skunk Black IPA is a very dim brown-- almost black. Itís topped with a big, frothy cappuccino head that has supreme retention and lacing. It has a loud pine and grapefruit aroma, perhaps a touch of roast or ash. Itís medium-full bodied, soft and slick. The dry finish leaves me a little thirsty. It has a very cascadian flavor: pine and grapefruit peel. Thereís a touch of roast at the finish. Itís on the bitter side, but I like that. Coffee is in the aftertaste. This is really good representation of the style. Itís fun to drink.
williamherbert (1508) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malts, chocolate cookies. Dusting of hazelnut. Woody hops come in afterward. Not a perfect match, but intriguing.
Tall crown of light brown lace. Thick red-brown. Head settles but doesnít disappear.
Flavor is plums at first, then burnt malts. Very roasted, but with a little oaky hop at the end. Very strong, with a chocolatey finish. The hops are a nice accent.
Palate is chalky with an ashy finish. Itís hoppy, chalky and very burnt. Complex and well-crafted.
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with a thin off white head and some lacing. hoppy aroma with dark malt character of molasses. taste is bitter but with notes more akin to a porter. the taste is not as fruity as other black IPAís. very dry overall and more a of a hopped up porter than a black IPA.
Ron (3609) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Figures, I go to Syr. and get a Rochester beer. Had a decent head on the brew. Aroma of hops. Of course, hops and citrus in the flavor, but it was smoother than a regular IPA. The Alcohol was hidden well, but was felt long before I finished the 20 oz glass.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Dark brown pour with crimson highlights and a thin off-white head. Mildly roasted malt aroma with a nice citrus and floral aroma coming up behind. Mild roast in the flavor with a bitter and piney hop middle on its heels. The hops take over and are rather bitter and astringent but thankfully have a little citrus as well. Thin-bodied.
ChadPolenz (1699) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Split a 22oz bomber with Kevin of TheFoamingHead
A: Black body with ruby red highlights. A tan/gray frothy head - excellent retention and lacing.
S: light floral hops, some fuesel/solvent-like scents later on. Touch of roasted malt. Otherwise quite mild.
T: Wet, lightly sweet porter-like palate up front and through the middle. Backend is dry, bitter hops with noticeable pine. Itís not a sticky palate, though. 75 IBUs catch up with you eventually and make this beer a liquid desert in the mouth. Almost too bitter to enjoy on its own. Not a complex palate, but a strong one.
M: Soft, fairly thick. Low carbonation. Hops linger en masse the more you drink.
D: Smooth and mild on the first half, bitter and hoppy on the second. A difficult beer to drink on its own because the dryness becomes cloying. This would pair very well with a hearty, spicy dinner.
Overall, a decent and impressive offering from an up-and-coming brewing. This style is still new so its difficult to gauge what we want out of it.
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probstblueribbon (3722) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Roc City Brewfest (Rochester), served in the taster glass provided. 19FE11.
App.: Dark, translucent brown with a tan head.
Aroma: Strong pine/resin hops, citrus, marmalade, plenty of lovely hop aromas, a touch of roasted malt (lots of sniffing to find this).
Palate: Medium body, moderate-low effervescence.
Flav.: Floral, pine, soapy hops with a bit of black coffee, a touch of grape jelly; dry with strong bitterness and a grape-black coffee finish.
Seems a touch out of balance.
Lubiere (12935) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark reddish copper brown IPA with a thin creamy moka head. In aroma, nice floral citrusy hops over soy sauce and caramel malts. In mouth, a smooth sweet chocolate malt with resinous floral hops, citrusy, quite nice and enticing, oily mouthfeel, rich and smooth. On tap at ROC Empire Brewfest, Feb. 19 2011.
MacBoost (1773) - Penfield, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice floral hop aroma with a little bit of roast in there as well. Pours a deep brown, almost black with a thin tan head that did not leave much lacing. Bitter hop taste but not overpowering. Found it to have a very thin mouthfeel, which was a slight disappointment. Overall a solid black IPA effort but not the best example out there. Average.