Travlr (9999) - 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.
bpreo (1377) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well, if I ever had to drink an IPA by choice, I would probably tend to reach for one of these.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of strong roasted malts, definitely nutty, earthy, licorice notes. Hops are danky and earthy with notes of citrus as well. Pours black with a thin head. The flavor is nice and roasty with nutty notes, dark bitter chocolate, citrus, pine, and danky hops. Slight alcohol bite. Nice lingering dry roast and bitterness.
ReggieDunlap (2898) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a thick mocha head...nice lacing and retention. Aroma has very roasty malts, hint of cocoa, citrus and spice hop notes. Flavor is very hoppy and bitter...has loads of roastiness...almost burnt...molasses, cocoa. Mouthfeel is heavy and oily and the finish is dry and burnt.
thirdeye11 (5380) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle) espresso brown pour with creamy head that’s very dark tan in color. Nose of big creamy milk chocolate, a bit of citrus, pine, earthy and leafy. Taste of milk chocolate, a bit fudgey, ashy, mild pine. Thick in body, very creamy, perfect body weight and creaminess. Delicious Black IPA, one of the best out there.
Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - SEP 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I do not like black IPAs. However, I like trying new beers. Conundrum. THis was on at Bishop’s Collar and I asked for a taste- told the barkeep that I hate Black IPAs. Was very much surprised that I didn’t hate this one. The roasted malts were restrained to a point that they did not interfere negatively with the fruity and floral hops. I only picked up the faintest of roast and cocoa in the malt profile with mostly the citrus, pine, and floral hops showing their colors. The higher abv., I believe, ads to its roundness and overall drinkability as it tones down the harsh hop plus harsh roasted malt profile. Good stuff, here.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark bodied befitting a Black IPA and apportioned with a smashing roof of cream chocolate. Resinous, mildly piny nose. Easy roasty undertones. The body is strongly-hopped, nice and bitter, and full of resin and some pine. Touches of chocolate roast round out the body. This brew definitely doesn’t hold back. Bold, bitter, and hoppy. Well put together, yet somehow lacking a certain magic.
TreborWhip (386) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pours deep brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and wood. Flavors of wood, light smoke, black licorice, pine/spruce.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle...black pour with small beige head. aroma of sweet black licorice, chocolate, some citrus, and a hint of molasses. flavor is much more hop forward than the aroma...big resinous, grapefruit flavors with some intense roastiness, burnt sugar, and bitterness in the finish. captures a touch of that sweet black licorice as well. very complex. an excellent black ipa
bhensonb (10213) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours really dark brown with a creamy 2 finger tan head. Smells like pine with a hint of chocolate. Med body. Flavor is pretty much resin, milk chocolate and some smooth burnt malt. Makes my mouth happy. Finish is lightly burning resin bitter. Seems to be a late generation of anise. Chocolate licorice. Who’da thought.