dogfishho (583) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask @ beer authority. Pours thick and creamy with a huge cappuccino colored head. Very dark. The aroma is strange. Filled with hops and some sweetness but Parmesan cheese? Wtf? Anyway on tha palate itís nicely balanced but uninteresting. Pretty decent.
4thmedbn (2) - Sanford, Maine, USA - OCT 23, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not normally huge on Black IPA, but this one exceeded my expectations. I usually feel Iím being robbed of some hoppiness when I drink one, but this one had decent piney hop presence, with firm bitterness. Roast was still on the light side, as is right for a BIPA. Dark in the glass, minimal lacing. High drinkability, even if not the most incredible beer you ever had. Still worth a shot, for sure.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 Bottle. Almost black, small tan head. Aroma of coffee. Taste is coffee grounds, pine. 3.3
Second try, also bottled. Black color, large fluffy brown head with good retention. Nice pine and roasty aroma. Tasty roast coffe, bitter finish.
Tmoney99 (9980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Beerpig317. Poured black with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted resin hop aroma. Medium body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a complex beer.
b3shine (4218) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber to taster (thanks Bunker). Looks decent; a dull black with beige lacing. Smells like a mix of hops, malt, and chocolate. Tastes the same with an average (at best) mouthfeel. Meh.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A three-way vertical between Lakefront IBA (India-Style Black Ale), Three Heads Skunk Black IPA, and Hoppin Frog Hop Heathen Imperial Black Ale.
Bottle and served in one of my numerous Duvel snifters: Appearance: All three have basically the same color, very deep brown nearly opaque. The difference is head retention with the Three Heads maintaining a fluffy head and producing the best lacework (5). The Lakefront had a slight better head and spotty lace (3) versus the Hop Hopping Frog which left almost no lace on the glassware (2).
The nose: Resiny, bile, oniony hops with some pale chocolate and roast for the Lakefront. Juicy, grassy, piney and a tad faint hop with a dusty roasted malt note for the Skunk. The Hop Heathen is most unique for sure with a grapefruity, piney and smoky earthy malt vapour. Almost meaty and oh so earthy. I love the aroma of the Hopping Frog (9), while the Three Heads is tame and weak but not offensive (7) and the Lakefront has the oniony, garlic, and catty overtones I do not care much for (5).
The taste profiles: The taste profiles: We start with the Hop Heathen this time and I get quite a bit of heavy resin, pine sap, and some of the catty high alpha notes that were much more noticeable on the aroma of the Lakefront. There is a nice roasted and slight smoked, leathery, tobacco, liquorice undertones as well for the Hoppin Frog. It is complex for the genre, perhaps too much so. (7). The Skunk has more a basic fruity, piney, and cardboardy taste. Much like the aroma this beer is tame and weak compared to the other two. Even the finish is far too short (5). The Lakefront has a nice bitterness but is still not quite as aggressive as I would like, a bit too malty (but not sweet). Coffee and earth are pronounced with this beer. (6)
Mouth feel/Palate: Start with the Three Heads Shunk this time: Lively enough, too much (which explains the lasting head), over carbonated, thin, ashy, short. Not all that good (2) The HFHHIBA (haha) is aggressive, biting, a tad boozy, and a tad medicinal. This one suffers from being the one that is a tad under-carbonated. (3). Then there is the Lakefront IBA which a bit thin and a bit over carbonated as well. There is a minerally and metallic quality about this I found a bit off-putting (2). Wow, NONE OF THESE are clean nor properly carbonated, either over or under. All have major flaws on the palate IMO. <insert sad face emotion here>:
Final Verdict: None of the beers are something I would buy again. Each failed to meet expectations. Each are classic examples of when a brewer attempts the "next big thing" without a clue on what they are doing. (Remind me not to but a Berliner Weiss from any of these three breweries.). Off to find a good beer and dump the remainder of these bomber. such a waste of my time and monies.
Jow (1819) - New York, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from westmere beverage. Pours dark brown/black with three finger khaki colored head and nose of cocoa and grapefruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, resin, roasted malt, light hops, herbal, earth, and grapefruit.
pete4999 (962) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from somewhere in Western NY. Pours an opaque brown/black with a bit of a tan head. Has an almost flowery smell at first, which strangely fades into something like dark chocolate. Taste is similarly dark-chocolatey, not a ton of hop bite - hops are mostly in the background on this one. Good beer, but Iím a bigger-than-average fan of the style so take that FWIW.
Voodoo (243) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured with a ridiculously oversized head, all but a half inch of liquid and didnít dissipate for more than 5 minutes, as if it were an out of date rye beer. After a bit I got a thin chocolate and slight smoked taste. Not the mouthfeel of an IPA......overall, not worth the money.
jkwood04 (3258) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a shaker. Pours very dark brown with a thick, cream-colored head. Aroma of strong citrusy hops, plus some caramel and roasted malts, and hints of dark fruits. Flavor about the same. Average texture. A good black IPA.