Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Mainbrew - Pours dark brown, almost black. A lack of a decent head knocks it down a bit on appearance. Very strong hops aroma. Bitter hops flavor with quite a bit of chocolate flavor. Tingly on the tongue. Nice.
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The nose is strongly of hops, a bit of alcohol, and a touch of roasty malts. Taste pretty much reflects the aroma, mostly hoppy, with a some alcohol warmth, with some nutty and bread undertones from the malt. A well balanced black IPA, prefer this style to any regular IPA.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle thanks to 17thfloor for sharing. Pours deep brown with amber edges and a small light tan creamy head. Aroma of some burnt roast and a hint of cocoa with a sharp herbal piney hop character, a touch of lemon peel. Flavor starts sweet with some cocoa and roast, quickly picking up the sharp piney bitterness, resiny and herbal. FInishes slightly bitter with some lingering citric and cocoa notes. Medium to medium full body.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious impy black ipa. Dark and chocolaty. Smooth texture. Dark roasted. Earthy, piney, floral and grassy, along with some grapefruit tartness. Healthy amount of bitterness to boot, plus a little lactic-like sourness to give it depth. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Metalchopz (2078) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got a free bottle at the Brew’s Best Beer Fest on my trip to Vegas. Bottled on 09/22/11. Sounds like a great style... Imperial Black IPA. Pours a dark cola brown colour with a creamy-foam beige head that stays a long time and creates really good lacing. The hop is overpowering, so it is hard to smell the darker malts. Typical strong IPA scent of grapefruit. The taste though, is pretty different. Quite well-balanced between the bitterness of the hop and the burnt of the roasted malt. No burning at all and quite smooth for a heavy alcohol content. This beer is very interesting and nicely brewed.
TheEpeeist (3139) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Barely clear mahogany with beige frosting. Nose is orange peel, caramel, grass and gin. Medium body, sticky then quite resiny with soft carb. Finishes with a bitter shudder. Taste is toffee, coffee and grilled grapefruit; generally bitter. Maybe a touch of nuttiness from the hemp seed.
Hair6a11 (1257) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark brown with a hint of amber held up to a light; a fine bubbled khaki head is present that retains on the average side, while providing some cobweb style lacing in this glass. The nose is a mix of sweetness from chocolate notes, roasted malts, piney hops, anise... the flavor profile grew on me, but I don’t quite find it finely balanced all things considered. It is indeed a heavy hopped black, with a nice roastiness and chocolate notes. So as far as the addition of hemp seed - I can’t exactly comment on what it brings to the table. This is a bitter one , with some sweetness, and a hint of cream -
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a light tan head, which receded to a thin cap and left a ton of lace. Pine resin and citrus rind on the nose with a floral pollen-like hoppiness, with a slight burnt malt undertone. Taste is smooth and full, with a bitter full complex hop tone. Lots of pine, floral, citric rind, and grassy bitterness. There is a nice sweet-ish dark malt undertone to all that bitterness, with a burnt toffee flavor. Still mostly bitter, but just almost balanced.
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Bottled on date: 5/27/11. Drank 11/11/11.
AROMA: Citrusy hops, roast, toffee. Faint chocolate. Extremely subtle vegetation aroma. Interesting herbal candy-like note that is faint.
TASTE: Resinous hops are more pronounced than roasted malt. Some citrusy and grassy character to the hops. Roast is quite heavy on the palate. Mildly sweet (behind all the hop and roast bitterness).
MOUTH FEEL: Lively carbonation for the strength; which seems to make the hoppiness feel a bit more prickly. Nice puckering bitterness with a bit of the hop oil feel shining through. Semi-dry.
OVERALL: Yes, a bit dated for a black IPA, however, I remember thinking very highly of this beer on tap, especially against others in the Black IPA/Imperial Black IPA style so bought this despite being almost 6 months since bottling.
Excellent beer in a great style category. Complex. Unable to say it’s velvety like some imperial stouts though the hop bite is excellent.
Seem to remember more citrus taste on palate when drank it really fresh.
ben4321 (3471) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Shared bottle at dbarnold’s, 10/16/11
Aroma: It has a nose of roasted malts, some caramel, chocolate, and some citrus notes
Appearance: This one has a dark brown black pour, with a small beige head, and light lace
Flavor: The taste is lightly sweet (chocolate/caramel), and medium (plus) resiny, hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a decently creamy mouthfeel, and a longish, dry finish
Overall, this is a good, solid Black IPA. I enjoyed the combination of components that make up this beer. It seems to me to be pretty well made and solid.