Braudog (5591) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Emerged with a bit of an initially over-the-top fizzy burst, settling into a well-topped dark brown and fully opaque brew. I don’t get a lot of aroma off this; and the beer drinks with an exceptionally assertive bitter sting, woven into a chalky, rustic porter-like base. (#5196, 8/14/2013)
Sledutah (4314) - Utah, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle picked up at Wilburs
Dark brown with a big frothy beige head and lots of sticky lacing. Aroma of caramel, milk chocolate and pine. Taste of roasted malts, ashy, chocolate and pine
Nice, mellow. This got better as it warmed up.
soyorganic (281) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma carmel, can't smell hops. Taste nice hop taste, with some dry and sweet malts. I thought the feel was a little thin though.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Strykzone (4826) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Almost black with a beige layer that is less than a finger. Chocolate and citrus hop notes in the aroma. The flavor is distinctively black IPA. Roasted flavors with citrus bitterness and spice. Grapefruit is big, biting, and bitter. This is definitely to style and is a nice one. Big flavor with a bitter bite and a long lasting spice after taste. Some pine flavors. It finishes a little thin.
JakeSparks (124) - Alvin, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
can’t say i know a lot about black ipa’s but this was decent. tastes like burnt grass
RABinCO (1163) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dnish pour @ VA Wine Experience tasting. Basic hoppy black ale. Grassy hops, roasted malts. Nothing spectacular, but easy drinking, inoffensive. Wouldn’t be my first choice for the style.
Beergeek23322 (2175) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, citrus and tropical fruit. Flavors are almost like a stout mixed with an IPA. Thick mouth feel, good balance and a smooth hoppy finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle: Pours a mostly opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a large, clumpy-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a semi-sweet toasted dark caramel malty nose with a hint of light roast and plenty of earthy resiny hops. Body starts with pretty good fullness and lively carbonation with mild sweetness, quickly giving way to a more bitter resiny hop flavor with a hint of acetone. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness. Pretty true to style, but could be a little cleaner.
TheBeerGod (5183) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with a foamy tan head. Floral and pine notes atop roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt blended with pine, citrus notes and floral hops. Some coffee intrudes as does dark chocolate notes. Body is medium with a smooth, creamy carbonation. Light lingering bitterness. Ends with more roasted malt, coffee notes, pine, citrus and dark chocolate. Tasty!
marcus (6349) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours black with a rich tan head and a chocolate and pine aroma. There is a full-bodied roasted malt flavor with lots of hop bitterness and a powder dry finish. So far it sounds like this beer should be delicious, but it just doesn’t taste that good. Maybe too many IBUs for such a smoky sweet malt as carafa.