Wittales (686) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was clearish root beer black with a creamy diminishing off white 1 finger head, no lacing. Aromas where sweet chocolately coco puffs cereal, touches of caramel, spices, toast roasted malts. Hops are mild citrus and spice. Taste was chocolate roasty caramel ,dark fruit of cherry. Grassy piney herbal earthy spicy mild hops just to balance the malts. Palate was smooth yet light carbonation and medium body with an average slick length finish. Balanced Black IPA...
joet (2290) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very sweet soft and malt with caramel and cereal , some hop aromas but nothing dank. Barley wine like.
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boxofrane (2319) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at capones. Pours dark with a small tan head and a little lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is full of citrus and chocolate malt. Taste is very bitter with a dry finish. This is a killer black ipa.
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark coca cola color. Full body and flavor, roasty caramel and dark candied fruit, balanced with earthy flowery hop bite. I really like this one. And at 9.2% abv, it is surprisingly smooth and not at all overpowering.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: April 21, 2012
Source: Brawley’s, Charlotte NC
Appearance: black, big tan head, scattered lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma with lots of citrus
Flavor: roasted malt flavor, bitter dark chocolate, lots of citrus hops. just a touch of pale malt sweetness, medium hop bitterness melds with the dark malts, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
scooter520 (185) - - MAY 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, dated 4/16/12. Appearance: beautiful ruby dark brown with tight but frothy off white head quickly dissipating. Aroma: fruity hop bomb up front, really pineapple comes thru strongest with bits of pine, molasses, licorice. Taste: nice floral hops at start with roasted malts and hop bitterness coming thru in the middle then ending with licorice and some coffee and sort of peppery bitterness lingering. Mouthfeel: medium slick body with light to medium carbonation. Overall: very impressed with this beer. Very well balanced between roasted malt and floral/citrusy/bitter hop. Hides the alcohol very well.
bytemesis (3974) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Bottle. Pours clear, nearly black with a small tan head that dissipates fairly quickly with some lacing. Grapefruit aroma, with a bit of anise and roasted malt. Flavor is slightly maltier than nose, with roasted, chocolate flavors, but dominated by citrus. Bitter finish. Rather full and creamy mouth.
kathouse (1182) - Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy with just a small amount of citrus, this pours dark with a giant off white head. Can’t pick up the dark malts in the aroma but they’re there in the finish. Nice use of hops here. No piney hops as typical in some IPAs. A better brew than expected.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottled April 16, 2012. Served at around 40F.
Pours dark brown with red highlights under light with a two finger creamy light brown head that leaves nice rings of sticky, drippy lacing. Purty.
Aroma starts off hoppy, mostly citrus, some floral and pine as well. Then the dark malts start to come through with notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, toffee nuts, and maybe a bit of anise and weed. Very good strength.
Flavor is really nice. Good amount of citrus and resinous hops and the dark malt come through really nice. A lot of chocolate and caramel notes, some coffee, toffee, molasses, black licorice. A touch of sweetness in the middle, finishes with a good amount of bitterness. Alcohol is there but integrated well for over 9%.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, good carbonation.
Really tasty Black IPA. Tons of flavor and balances the hops and dark malts very well. One of the best I’ve had in the style.
blipp (6547) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Piney and floral hops with lightly roasted malts. The flavor has spicy and piney hops, with lighter flowery notes and lightly roasted malt. Good stuff.