superspak (4306) - Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/14/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, orange rind, herbal, floral, roasted malt, chocolate, grass, and earthy spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance; very inviting and hoppy. Taste of pine, grapefruit, chocolate, roasted malt, herbal, floral, char, grass, citrus rind, and piny spiciness. Nice amount of piny bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, chocolate, roasted malt, char, pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Nice balance of roasted malt flavors with pine and citrus hop flavors; long resinous hop finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. Very nice hop flavor profile with a good balance of roasted malt. Very enjoyable offering.
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mohawk Bend. Really nice hop-forward aroma. Weird to drink such an intensely hoppy beer that's this dark. Really well done.
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BeerSquare (117) - - AUG 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is an incredibly unique beer, and ever since I first tried it, I get a bit of an itch for it every few months. Usually when it gets cold out.
The malt profile is incredibly dense and thick, like everything else about this beer. Mouth feel is one of my favorite aspects-- it’s bitter, but feels almost like a malt or milkshake in the mouth, incredibly thick.
A great, unique beer.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. What a malt profile, a little of everything layered on top the other. Complex, choco, coffee, roasted malt, a little nuttyness. The hops are big enough to shine through and get some good bittering and aroma out. Color is super dark red black. Palate is saturated but works well leaves a hint of choco-coffee. Overall taste is hop bitter, dark fruit, roasty malt, Good stuff
bnoel09 (570) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 12oz bottle into a globe glass. Black with a sizable tan head. Aroma is a lot of citrus and resinous hops with some roasted malt. Flavor has significant hop notes along with a nice roasty malt base. The hoppiness and alcohol presence definitely supports the ’Imperial Black IPA’ style. Medium bodied and fairly dry. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA with some very bold features.
Tlingers (11) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great color , a rich hoppy aroma. has a rich dark malty Taste with smooth hop notes. Overall taste good.
shamansurf (2) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my favorite style of beer and my first bottle of this year’s batch. Bottled on 5/23/12, so fairly fresh still, the hops seem a little chewier than last year. Hopefully I just got a bottle that was warmed accidentally. Crisp still with juniper and anise floral notes. Bitter bite floats above the soft roast malt with light caramel and chocolate, not too sweet. Judging from my experience with last year’s stash, this should age very well.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A tiny beige sheet covers the close to black pour that is totally clear. Fairly green, resinous, citrusy hop profile dominates the aroma in which subtler dark chocolate and licorice notes manage to shine. Feeling rather dry, both torrefied and hoppy in mouth, which rhymes with a strong bitterness that cleanses the palate out. The burnt grain character feels a bit exotic, but surprisingly not all that thick for a 9%+ ale. A bit straightforward in fact and not particularly captivating in the hop department, but perhaps that is due to subpar freshness? I can’t tell as I see no date on the bottle, but it was bought two months ago.
can8ianben (1458) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woah! Crazy hop bomb with HUGE malt backbone. Wow - everything is big here - even the alcohol presence. This is overkill in every way, but it doesn’t really feel undrinkable - more like something big to save for special occasions. I wonder if aging might improve the monster flavors.
BVery (9189) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Freakin’ Frog in Vegas. Dark brown pour with a big frothy cream head. Aroma and taste of bright citrus hop and malty chocolate. Very good.