thome50 (1233) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle leftover from a Christmas party. Pours a deep black with tan head. Aroma loads of resinous hops, grass and some slight coffee at the tail end. Taste is there with the hops, even for an almost "past its prime" bottle, but there is a medicinal coffee taste that is hard to overcome. Some fake vanilla and licorice round this out. I loath this style but I have to say this is a nice attempt with the aroma. That said, I find "black IPAs" to be similar to putting a pancake on a cheese plate and throwing some ice cream on the whole thing with some sashimi. All those things are good so why not combine them into a huge mess of crap?!
Hopmaestro (660) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog from lost & found notes: Aroma of roasted malts with a tropical cloak of exotic fruits. Taste is fruity and roasted, smooth hay and grass, slight chocolate notes. Leads into a lemon zesty finish with a pleasant bitterness. Very nice presentation of this style, not many out there who can really do it.
kevinsenn (1508) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Charles Street Liquors. Rich biscuity roasty chocolate aroma with some licorice hints. Taste of licorice, c-hops, roasty coffee. Big thick body. Nice.
ads135 (3563) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 9, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really good black IPA. Roasty with a potent dose of citrus and pine hops. Wonderful balance.
EtTuCthulhu (1384) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours black with a medium khaki-colored head, and the aroma blends resinous hops, roasted coffee beans, and pine needles. The taste is mildly bitter which comes from both the malt roast as well as the hops; there is also a slight amount of umami that helps balances the roasted malt flavors with the bitter American hops. The palate fuses a soft carbonation, medium-light body, and an oily texture, which does a good job of hiding this beer’s high ABV.
RichardW (1764) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Marlow’s Tavern, I Drive, Orlando. Wow! Huge aroma of ripe rich fruit and piney hops. Thick and black, but still way too drinkable for 9.2%. Woody notes on the tongue, hops by the bucketload, but with rich chocolate flavours picked out easily aswell. $8 a bottle in a smart bar & worth every cent. Loved it!
BeerRenter76 (303) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into glass gives a large coffee with cream colored head. the head is a bit rocky with good retention. Leaves heavy lacing. Beer is almost pure black, with hints of brown and red in the light.Smells of citrusy hops (mostly orange and grapefruit), some more earthy/floral hops, caramel, roasted malts, and chocolate.Taste starts with citrusy and floral hops along with roasty malts, the roasty malts quickly overpower the hops then comes a strong chocolate taste (more than smell) along with a bit of hemp seed in the finish. Has a crisp, but very roasted finish. Has a medium body with a bit of a buttery/creamy feel, low carbonation. Black IPA’s arent my favorite, but this one is a very good beer.
emusche (67) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black with a cream head. Aromas of malt, chocolate, coffee and pine. Taste is chocolate/caramel malts, dry coffee, spruce and a bitter hoppy alcohol aftertaste. Very good offering.
katrinaez (619) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich scent and thick flavor. Deep black brown coloring. Sweet but not rough. Bottle.
Bricks (762) - Delaware, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark beauty, with a nice foamy head. Aroma is like a hybrid between an IPA and a stout... just a bit harsh. Tastes like a coffee/chocolate stout with some hops added. Awesome.
tfontana (184) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Friar Tuck in Crestwood MO. Aroma is piney, resinous hops over rich roasted malts. Appearance is dark brown to black--almost opaque, with 1 finger-width off white head and nice lacing. Taste is medium malty sweetness with moderate bitter interplay. Palate is medium bodied, creamy with lively carbonation and long, more bitter than sweet finish. Overall, nice complexity with more bitter than sweet but decent balance.