elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/13/11 notes: Bottle. Pours mahogany brown-magenta with good tan lacing and head. Aroma is wet, piney-leafy hops with herbal tree bark swirl. Body is medium in heft, good long, semi-dry finish. Flavor has pine and spicy hop zip upfront, but quickly fills out with roasts, seeds, charred bread, bitter chocolate. The finish maintains a complex bitterness that shows obvious hop influence as well as some earthy-pepperiness. Good drinker, definitely assertive but manages to rise above by achieving a rather elusive status: unique.
daleharshman (882) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours a dark cola brown with garnet highlights and one finger of tan head. Aroma of bright grapefruit, fresh-cut flowers, honey, and some lighter notes of roasted malts. The initial flavor of sharp hops (bitter grapefruit, bitter herbs) soon gives way to some rich roasty malty tones of bitter chocolate and burnt black coffee. A bit of lingering (roasty) bitterness in the finish. The high ABV is well hidden. A very good example of this style that is actually nicely balanced between the roastiness and the hoppiness. (163, 655)
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of citrus, juniper, and a bit of Douglas fir. Pours black with a medium frothy head. Tastes big and roasty. Citrus, roast malt, and complex. Great aftertaste. Great black IPA.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 12oz bottle thanks to thirdeye11 and on tap.
Deep brown color with lots of creamy, tan head. Nose is pine, citrus, nuts, chocolate, and hemp. Flavor has lots of pine with more chocolate. This is a great Black IPA and one of the only I’ve found to rival Stone SSR.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
4oz taster at DBS. Some sweet-hop aroma on this one to go with floral hops in the flavor. Also, dark and rich feel to the brew really rounds it out. Only drawback is a palate that leaves bitterness that lingers all over the tongue. Good beer.
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TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured A caramel dark brown. Nose is as advertised , super hoppy with malt ringing through in the back. Big hop front followed by hints of caramel and licorice with a big malt backbone and a sweet then bitter finish. Good for one, maybe 2 then it’s time to move on. Abv is well hidden.
haddon90 (1423) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a nice black color with a decent off white head. Roasted hoppy aroma with a hint of malt. Strong hoppyness with some smokiness mixed in as well. Very heavy. Good balance. Pretty impressive for a beer from Utah.
coldbrewky (1418) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yes, this did "shake the pillars of heaven" as Jack Burton would say. Overall I did come to the conclusion that Black IPA’s have a small;l window of impression. this had some lovely roasted sweet dark malts that were complimented with a light to moderate roastiness. The serious amount of alcohol did not sneak up and smack you in the head but was more like an old firend ambling up next to you at the bar. Hops do come out of the woodwork for brief intervals but leave you there and go for a smoke and then return for some cheerful banter. The hemp seed thing is totally overhyped...been there with Hempen ale 15 years ago. APHIS shut that biatch down then...like to see where Uinta is getting the hemp seeds for this critter.
lmathes (2) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 Pour: very dark in color, great head and amazing lace.
Nose: lots and lots of hops, pine, mild citrus
Taste: this beer is amazingly smooth and very hoppy slightly bitter and finishes even stronger with some earthy undertones, Overall a GREAT black ipa.
nickd717 (3457) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Very dark brown in color with a small light tan head. Roasty and chocolatey aroma with some piney hops. The flavor has medium sweetness and hop bitterness, a little more on the chocolatey side than the roasty side. Some piney and resinous hops. Medium-bodied and somewhat sticky on the palate. Overall a good IBA.