brianprentiss (664) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
solid offering from SLC. I don’t love Black IPA’s but this one is a good one.
Ernest (5924) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Simple but typical aroma for the style; very resinous/raw/green hops with moderate roast. Fairly citric and assertively bitter in the mouth. Pretty good for this brewery.
thornecb (3987) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep mahogany into a Sam glass. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving trailing spiders and sheets. Dark chocolate, anise and weed aromas. Thick anise upfront turning to sweet weed before the lasting bitter chocolate, espresso and soy finish.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive grassy hoppy aromas. Roasted malts and lots of hops. Pretty good black IPA.
Terminus (3042) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at RBWG-even though i only give this beer a 3.5, i came back to this numerous times at the end of our epic tasting night. pours deep brown with a small off-white head. nose of dank hops, chocolate, pine, woody-really cool! not much of that metallic note i usually get with this type of beer. again reminds me of alpha klaus. 9%? where? at least on the nose its not present. however it shows up huge on the flavors under all the chocolate and hops. big hoppy and choclate finish with some lingering alcohol. this would be awesome with a little lower abv. dig the concept but needs a few changes to be world-class.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, some citrus, roast, and light cocoa. Taste of roast, cocoa, vanilla, pine, and citrus, with moderate bitterness in the finish.
illidurit (1965) - Sonora, California, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark orangey-brown but sits nearly black in the glass. Tan head takes a while to develop through the thick liquid but it puffs up to a solid three fingers before melting away to leave thick fine-bubbled lacing. First impression is that this smells like a hoppy barleywine. Lots of grapefruity hops and a toasty caramel maltiness. As it warms, more chocolate comes through, but this is a hoppy beast, even at three months old. Flavor has some smooth dark-but-not-super-dark chocolate and pineapple hops to go with a very bitter finish. Ashy tobacco notes recall cheap cigars and there’s a big fusel presence. The label says the malts "align" with the hops but I find the flavor profile to be discordant. Palate is nice and silky while the beer is cool, but some warmth thins it out and shows more alcohol. Couldn’t finish the 12 oz bottle.
Chalsk (972) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s for the Cigar City Philly Beer Week Event with Leafs93 and O’Meara. Here is the thing about Black IPA’s, I love the hops but I like more body with my dark ales. Which is why I would go with a hopped up Bwine or Stout over a Black IPA any day. Anywho. Pours a black color with an off white foam head. Has an aroma of heavy caramel and citrus. Thin mouthfeel.
jcos (1362) - Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at "Battle of the Brews", Allagash vs. Uinta at Scion in DC June 1st. Pours a dark black. Aroma is very roasty. Taste is decent bitterness with solid malt black. Enjoyed this beer, but Detour is more my style.
Leafs93 (1515) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capones for Philly Beer Week. Pours a deep dark brown with tan head. Aroma is grapefruit, caramel and some earthyness. Taste is is sweet with nice bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden.