thome50 (1064) - 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?!
sawbuck (357) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma of molasses, roasted malt, and fresh piney hops. Nice ebony color with a frothy tan head. Sweet roasty malt up front. Bitter chocolate and toffee hidden in there as well. Bitterness from hops is evident quickly. It quickly overwhelms the sweet taste. Mouth feel is slightly dry, with minimal alcohol burn. Surprisingly, the sweet chocolate malt reappears in the finish, with another washing of harsh bitterness from the hops. This roller-coaster effect works however and is quite pleasing.
ajnepple (2394) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
4-pack of 12 oz bottles from Biggie Wine & Liquor. Deep, dark brown appearance with a lasting tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, resinous hops, pine, licorice, bread and citrus fruits. Similar flavor, medium bitterness balanced by mild to medium sweetness. Medium body with a smooth, creamy feel.
Prufrockstar (1069) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to Wittales. Pours near black with dense, creamy khaki head. Aroma: herbal and earthy hops backed up by dark chocolate, roast, and even a bit of anise. Taste: big earthy bitter bite with light caramel sweetness beneath; chocolate and anise still present. Palate: full- body, oily texture, average carbonation. Overall: darned tasty black (double) IPA.
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Dust Bowl -
So far St. Patrick’s Day, Dust Bowl has a 5-panel dark beer thing going on, serving up the inhouse-stout on nitro plus a few others and 2 guest taps (one of which was this beer, and the other was Abyss).
This was the best beer of the 5-panel sampler, and one that was great enough to warrant another pint. The aroma belies the appearance of the beer, which is pretty typical for a black IPA. Ooozing hops in the aroma like something made in San Diego, this one is a treat for hop lovers. Strong hop character of pine and bitter orange zest with just a zip of baker’s chocolate. Full of complexity in the flavor dept., with flavors zig-zagging everywhere from chocolate and coffee, to zesty hops and light tropical flavors. Top 5 American Black Ales/Black IPA’s that I’ve had the pleasure to consume. Some consider this a bastardization of two classic styles....I call it "give me another"
HonusWagner (1524) - Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrusy with a definite roasty character, the chocolate sweetness doesn’t play as well with the hops as another beer I rated recently, CCB Dark Woods. But this is pretty tasty as black IPAs go and i was able to finish an entire 12oz by myself which is rare for the style.
tonypreto (49) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank on 11/2/2014 out of bottle, poured into pint glass. My first imperial IPA. Love how easy it is to drink for how heavy it is. Pours very cola-ish, not so great of a head. Would suggest this if you’ve never had imperial IPAs or if you’re into dark/imperial IPAs.
monk191 (1048) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice well balanced black ipa. Hoppier than many. Pours a beautiful black with a tan head. Smells of hops, and a bit of tropical fruit and herbs, thyme. Taste is quite herby, not as hoppy as the smell. Paired with pear and prosciutto pizza, the hops and herbiness is brought out more. Had in the bottle. Happy 999.
phikus (75) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Other than stone sublimely self righteous this is the only black IPA I really took s liking to. Strange aroma of fruit lavender and toasted dark malt equalling the pine hops. That aroma is good even if I did not describe it well. The taste is dark chocolate subtle fruitiness and pine citrus hop undertones. Technically a hop bomb but nice and malty without being cloying or too much. Just right for me. I feel I noticed the creaminess the hemp seeds are supposed to give this beer.
Zakoon (85) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle @ home, thanks to Douglas88. Pours very dark brown - almost black with an off-white head that leaves thick lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine and roasted malt. Flavour is medium sweet and very bitter, there’s some roastiness, coffee, liquorice, pine and chocolate. Medium body, fizzy carbonation and a roasted and resinous finish.
radagast83 (4911) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with an off-white, light tan head. Aroma was light hops, some citrus and a touch of pine. Sweet malts, roast. Enjoyable, easy to drink.