PotjeBier (2423) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Color is clear, deep dark red-brown. Beige head. Aroma’s: resin, heavy roast, somewhat herbal, with drop & sweetness retronasal. Flavor is roasted, drop, medium sweet. Body is medium. Finishes slightly dry and quite bitter. Lovely.
MikeyMalts (64) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(#64) Bottle into tulip. Ar: Sweet with big hop aroma. Ap: Black darkness with a tan head that stays around thin. T: Sweet. Earthy. Chocolate. Nutty. Hoppy bitterness lingering on finish. P: Smooth, not a lot of carbonation. O: It’s good, I dig the ABV. Might suggest it, but not sure if I’d buy for myself again.
uncben87 (68) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle to tulip. Pours a pitch black with a quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma is of roasted malt with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is a nice balance between the roasted caramel and chocolate malts with a good hop bitterness. Average MF that is surprisingly easy to drink and finishes clean. Overall this is a very nice representation of a black IPA.
Leighton (17225) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at CBC - Clerkenwell, London - many thanks to Seth! Pours clear, red-brown with a big, tan cream head. Dark malts and rich pine in the aroma. Medium to big sweet flavor with juicy pine, good roast, dark sugars. Medium to full bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Lightly warming finish, pretty resinous, with good sticky pine, strong roasted malt character, earth, some cocoa. Pretty nice overall.
nuplastikk (5570) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Ruby red-black, with a foamy beige head. Big, sweet aroma...nails it. Pretty much captures what Black IPA is all about..sticky rich resinous specialty malt, and a nice citrus hop backbone to balance it out a bit. The hemp does add some depth and dimension too, A really solid example of the style, and while intensely rich, incorporates the alcohol well.
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I loved this beer! I think this is what a black IPA should taste like. It’s bitter, piney, resiny, chocolatey, smokey, and roasty. It is extremely complex and big. It’s definitely a bigger IPA than most, hence the imperial label. As this beer warms, the roasted, chocolate notes come through even more, which is fine with me! Given that it’s an imperial IPA, my only slight complaint is that I could have tolerated even more hops on the nose. The hop aroma did not blow me away, but it was definitely very nice.
high_on_hops (805) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours a deep black with a white head and lots of lacing. It has a great aroma of coffee, chocolate, and some piney hops in the background. The flavor is coffee and dark chocolate up front with a hoppy middle and a coffee and hop finish over a smooth mouthfeel.
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b3shine (7656) - Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks douglas88). Looks good; cola with light beige lacing. Smells solid; bitter hops and roasty malt. Good on the palate. This is good stuff!
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, shared. Best by 4/22/13. Very dark red / black but clear still color (some light comes through). Thin khaki head, respectable lace. Moderate earthy hop nose. Chocolate, earthy hops, some light roast. Nice bitterness, but a bit of sweet, nowhere near as bitter, say, Sublimely Self-Righteous, but has a super nice hoppiness, and much more pronounced chocolate (and roasty) character. Awesome earthy hoppy dank chocolatey aftertaste, very interesting. Medium / bigger body, smooth light carbonation, very dry texture. At $2.25 a bottle, this is a really great value. Will be revisiting.
jackl (6680) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to Seth for the pour! The appearance is deep brown with a massive tan head. The nose is spruce, bright hops, loads of chocolate and rough, gritty earth. The taste is fresh cantaloupe and berry fruit salad. Bitter, woody hoppiness. Thick roasted malt body. Long bitter finish. Full, stately body. Nice, active carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice black IPA. Aggressive, pleasing.