Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Armanetti’s. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is really nice with lots of hops and a sturdy malt backing. Plenty of citrusy orange pines with a really nice chocolate and caramel malt backing. Solid roastiness with some hop resins, earth, and a light licorice spice. Flavor is bigger chocolate malts and resiny, juicy citrus pines up front. Lots of sweet orange, some caramel, and plenty of roast in the middle before a light licorice spice comes in. Finishes dry and roasty with a moderate, juicy citrus, resiny pine bitterness and a good amount of malt sweetness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Full body that seems a bit jumbled at times with a creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a bigger and bolder, slightly malty sweet Black IPA. Plenty of resiny citruses and roasts making this very flavorful, yet it seemed jumbled at times. Despite that, this was enjoyable and very tasty.
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with mahogany highlights and a tight brown head that sits like a brioche until the bottom of the glass. Very assertive grapefruit and pine hop character, some juicy gooseberry, playing off powerful roast character. This is a densely flavoured, massive black IPA. Outstanding.
jeff789 (1401) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep deep brownish red with a nice tan head that has nice retention and leaves very nice lacing... Piney aroma lightly roasty, lightly creamy, very aromatic no sweetness... Lively creamy fuller body, lots of flavor, odd cleanse the palate quality at the end, in the way a mint would without that flavor... Finishes clean doesn’t linger, spicy herbal hop up front followed by a bit of creamy roastiness then vanishes...
pinkzambia (1389) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: Dark brown with a thick tan head and sticky lacing. Sweet hop aroma with hints of junipers and pine needles. BIG hoppy flavor with a thick, big body. Must drink slowly it is so big . . . Yumm
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sledutah - Secret Santa 2011. Pours black with light brown head. Aromas of grapfeuit and lemons with some lightly roasted malts. Roasted malt flavor with some chocolate and lots of citrus. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Craig.
RSRIZZO (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into a Tulip at 40°. Color is a deep dark glossy brown that has a little ruby showing in the light. Carbonation is mellow with a thin tan head. Aroma is very hoppy with bold citrus and pine scents. It has a medium that gives a smooth mouth feel. Flavor comes out sweet with a nice roasted malt and apple, then the hops kick in with balanced citrus and pine sap that leaves a bold bitterness behind. After taste has a sticky feel as the bitterness and pine linger on. Overall its is a very good brew, big, bold and complex.
Frank (2305) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rich, sweet IPA with a dark color and some coffee-like overtones. Round and tasty, sticky sweet but drinkable.
moefriedman (34) - Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I love Black IPA’s and a good doobie so I had to try it. A decent BIPA that poured jet black and had a nice hoppy scent. Tasted very earthy with lots of malt, hops, and brunt brn sugar.
J_man (651) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma in the bottle and on the pour definitely pointed to a barleywine if I didn’t know what I was about to drink. Thick and foamy tan head on top of what looks like a black beer, but under a bright light is a beautiful deep garnet. At first it seems like this is going to be a typical barleywine after all because of the initial sweetness and alcohol bite. However, it quickly shows that it’s not with a strong, smoky, dry charred wood flavor followed by both milk and dark chocolate. Then the deep, earthy, pungent hop flavor comes through and muddles the initial sweetness in a really great way. All of these things combined create a lingering burnt/chocolate finish with a slight soy sauce taste. The tongue is coated in bitter hops and bittersweet chocolate. Imperial black IPA? Yep, that’s exactly what this is and it’s really good.
QuezXLV (393) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty aroma and a dark body. The taste is hoppy but intense with sweetness. The palate is strangely watery with gentle carbonation.