NikkTwist (2142) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Poured a very dark clear ruby with a frothy tan head. Lace. Hoppy and dark but does not strike me as a Black IPA. More a hoppy malt blend with medium red fruit and some charred notes. Plums. Pomegranate. Burnt toast. Hops mostly seem to bring a spicy bite to the mix but not much else. As a Black IPA it sucks, but as thirst quenching beer it works.
obguthr (4907) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Slightly meaty aroma of dark roasted malt, candied ham, and elderberries, a little rancid. Clear cola colored, medium tan head, good retention and lacing. Elderberries on the front end. DMS asserts itself in a most unpleasant way at midpalate. Boiled carrots. Finishes with charcoal and pine. It isn’t light struck as the name suggests, but it is certainly flawed.
alexsdad06 (7463) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by beerpig317. Pours brown with a medium sized bine beige head. The aroma has roasted malts, light smoke, general green hops, earthy. The flavor has earthy and herbal hops, the malts are not as prominent as they were in the nose. Light roasted malt and mild to moderate bitterness. This is very average.
r464 (2132) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark but slightly translucent with a light tan head. Roasty malt mixed with char and hops with a light bitterness. Punchy and full. A decent black IPA.
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Sean. Pours a deep brown with fluffy beige head and lacing. Notes of roasted, chocolate, pine, coffee. Medium mouthfeel, sweet with a little hop and roasted malt bitterness. Tasted more like a hoppy porter than an IPA but a pretty solid beer none the less.
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear black with dark brown highlights, a medium to small, bubbly and frothy light tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy and citrus hops, raisin and prune esters, roast and chocolate malt. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, dark chocolate and roast malt, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Braudog (6070) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Not sure about the name of this one ... not exactly enticing. But it does kinda match those colors when it pours ... stark black with a shiny white, furry head of foam. The aroma is mostly of roasted malt to my untrained nostrils. But this drinks with a nice little kiss of bitter chocolate, then a little bit of grassy tanginess. (#4955, 3/11/2013)
ben4321 (5087) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 3/8/13
Aroma: The nose is nice and piny with some roast, caramel, citrus, and chocolate
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color with a small head and some light lace
Flavor: The taste is clean and hoppy, light-mid bitterness, and some lightly sweet roasted malts
Palate: The body is medium, leaning light, average-to-soft carbonation, and a clean, dry finish
Very solid Black IPA. It isn’t super hoppy, but the hops are nice and clean. Good stuff for sure.
pineypower (2834) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from spirits Manahawkin. Pours an almost black brown color with a small white head. Aroma is of citrus hops, lightly toasted bread, grass clippings and light chocolate. Taste is cocoa, tasted malts, a decent kick of citrusy hops, chocolate brownie mix, mild roast and some odd earthy/peppery notes.
TheBeerGod (5690) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown pour with a dense, foamy brown head. Aroma is soft roasted malt, light citrus and piney hops and dark chocolate. Taste is more roasted malt, dark chocolate, citrus fruit, pine and floral hops. Body is medium with a moderate, dense carbonation. Light bitterness lingering throughout. Finishes with more roasted malt, dark chocolate, pine resin, citrus notes and floral hops.