Reynolds314 (2988) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting beer that bridges a few styles. Kind of like an earthy piney hopped porter. Some chocolate a bit of ash and earthy roastyness with a piney herbal hoppiness.
demannu (247) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty sweet malts with a mix of grapefruit and pine good in aroma. Pours black with a large frothy tan head. Good lacing. Taste is complex and balanced. Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, with a pine and citrus finish. Everything melds nicely together. Excellent dry finish. Full body. Very interested and well put together.
BroSpud (1907) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours black with a nice frothy off white head that left plenty of lacing on the glass. Sweet malt aroma. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Nice dry finish.
Slipstream (2279) - USA - APR 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Greg. This is a nice one, and a little hard to categorize. A black IPA - schwarzbier - light stout? It’s tasty for sure.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An opaque black body with a brown head that had excellent retention and great lace. Aroma was a mix of roasted coffee malts and grapefruit hops. There was just enough pine to balance out the citrusy notes. Flavor had a dark roasted coffee flavor upfront. Grapefruit hops really complemented the coffee flavors. There was just enough pine hops too keep it from being two-dimensional. Finish was dry and was easy to drink.
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bytemesis (5183) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks nimbleprop! Pours deep clear black, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasty, a bit burned, molasses, touch of rubber, pine sap. Flavor is light sweet, medium plus bitter, roasty and piney, pretty good balance between the two actually. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, Lots of lingering bitterness.
nimbleprop (6342) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a murky black with some lacing, cloudy, cream colored head. Nose has some nice toasty character, a little tree bark, some pine, lemon rind, toast. Flavor is sweeter, more malt and a little molasses, the lemon character really jumped out, bitter roast, toast. Full bodied, bitter finish.
ben4321 (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from State Line, 1/24/15
Aroma: Lightly roasty aroma, some fruity and sweet malts, milk chocolate, and some pine hops
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a thick froth of light brown head and heavy lacing
Flavor: Taste-wise, it is fairly balanced, with a good mix of roast, sweetness, and hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, leaning light, with a nice drinkability, and a soft, clean, light dry finish
I thought this was a pretty solid, drinkable, and balanced Black IPA. It isn’t the most hoppy example of the style, nor is it the best example of the style, but I found it to be pretty enjoyable. This one drinks like it is well under its actual ABV.
thornecb (5017) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany tinged black into a shaker. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes to skim surface. Dark caramel and chocolate aromas. Soft with dark chocolate and espresso upfront turning to dark pit fruit. Lasting bitter resin and dark cocoa finish.
williamstome (1495) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, tan head. Sharp aroma of pine, flavor is roasty, sharp, pine, notes from espresso. Honestly too intensely bitter in its roast, and I’m a bit of a hophead.
scarletfire65 (1191) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Jet black pour. Huge mocha head. Aroma is piney hops, touch of chocolate, and charred grain. Very smooth and creamy palate, albeit a bit thin. Bitter, roasty finish. More "hoppy porter" than it is "black IPA".