lawdogg (2) - USA - OCT 21, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I went to college at the University of Utah (Class of ’01), and at that time Utah’s microbrew renaissance was really getting its sea legs. The local scene was dominated by Uinta, Wasatch and, to a lesser extent, Squatter’s. Wasatch had the best labels, Squatter’s had the best pub, and Uinta had the best beer. Nowadays I’m on the East Coast and was surprised to find a Uinta product on tap at one of our city’s better beer bars, very pleasantly surprised as it turned out. This is a complex, yet balanced beer. The 9.2% ABV makes it strong, but it’s not overwhelming. A great beer for an Indian Summer--hoppy to quench your thirst but warming for when the Sun goes down.
thetmaxx (670) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle into my Sierra Nevada "Hops" Glass. Aroma is of roasted barley, and some raisin/ licorice . The hops do also come through in the nose. The flavour is great! Bitter the way a Black IPA should be! Palate is sticky/ oily and finishes long and dry. Overall this is a pretty good beer.
BroSpud (1359) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Deep dark brown pour with a medium tan head and decent lacing. Malty aroma with a big hop taste. Licorice and chocolate flavors but really this one is about the hops as a good IPA usually is. And this is a good IPA.
lupulicious (30) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge burnt caramel, espresso, and super dark chocolate flavors balance and just a touch of peppery hops. Nutty mid-palate, bourbony woody, almost tobacco-y nose and creamy cola-colored head. almost no lace, but winey legs in the glass.
Big bruiser of an imp Black IPA. Not my usual jam, but very appealing and unusual.
r464 (1467) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark with a foamy tan head. Hoppy overall, but with a certain roastiness. Very full finish.
williamstome (517) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, big foamy brown head. Nice. Aroma is very hoppy; spruce, spice and citrus with a nice chocolate malty balance in the back. Flavor is quite chocolatey with some roast but with a bit of a hop bite.
Steeeve (326) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a foamy, lighter than expected head. Very hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus and some pine. Sweeter chocolate malts come through, along with burnt malts. Taste is very sweet on the tip of my tounge, but bitter on the back end. Chocolaty and roasty, with a big pine trailer on the finish. More bitter than hoppy. Palate is medium, neither thick nor thin, with a mouth coating finish. Very solid overall. Falls closer to a hoppy stout than a black IPA, but has enough balance to keep it interesting.
regspeir (194) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this in a snifter at TJ’s. Poured red-black with a smallish mocha head which dissipated to a coating. Lacing was ample and marked every sip. Nose was citrus, some sweetness of caramel and some roasted coffee. Taste was grapefruit, pine, some dark chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruit. Mouthfeel was medium, dry and creamy with a strong bitterness in the finish. Carbonation seemed perfect for the style. Some booziness but pleasant. This is a very nice black ipa that I will go back to again.
DocLock (6789) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Capone’s during Philly Beer Week 2011. Poured dark brown with nose of choco malt, heavy piney hops, anise. Tastes rich, choc malty, with a big piney hop blast at mid-palate, and I dare say the first black IPA I’ve ever had where the hops rule the malt, and that works for me. This one was very good.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I wonder if this is erved at 4:20? Get it? Anyway, for a black IPA this one lacks the piney hops aroma, and more closely resembles a stout. The bittering hops do come through in the taste.