thome50 (1192) - 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?!
kingaugusta (22) - Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft. Pours medium brown and translucent with a fine but large tan head. Nose is pungent, delicious west coast bitter hops with just a hint of roastiness. Flavor plays nice at first but the bitterness comes out to fight in a hurry. Excellent for for hop nuts only.
Svesse (6843) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Dark brown colour, almost black, with frothy, beige head, leaving traces of lacing. Malty, roasted nose with notes of dark chocolate, black coffee, anise, black rye bread and herbal hops (or was that the hemp?). Malty, roasted taste with black coffee, dark chocolate, black rye bread, grapefruit, liquorice, a touch of mint, hints of hemp and a generous herbal/piney bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with just a touch of sweetness. Well made and tasty black IPA, with an interesting herbal twist. Very nice.
commonmac (588) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Happy Gnome. Snifter glass. Dark brown to black with tan head. Aroma is earthy with a hop undertone. Citrus in small fashion. Taste is bitter with a hop resin and oily mouthfeel. A little bit of roasted quality towards the end. Aftertaste lingers more than it should. I’m not really uinta it. Not really my favorite.
unclemike (2477) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Translucent watery black with a lacing, eggshell head. Nose is floral, citrus, a little zesty hops, a little cracker, cocoa powder. Flavor is cocoa powder, malty, light toast, orange, a little citrus zest. Full bodied dry finish
M82 (378) - Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black body displays a thin, vibrant amber to mahogany highlight at the edges beneath a resilient, creamy-smooth, frothy capped head creating rhythmic, interwoven lacing all around
Juicy, zesty citrus with piney-floral-savory nuances blending into smooth coffee notes with an accent of fudge, all on a signature, dangerously drinkable, silky-creamy-smooth Uinta medium body offering moments of blackberry, strawberry, and melon as the complexities play off each other, a glow of bitterness resonates through the finish and residual, blanketing the dark chocolate and caramel layers with orange juice regaining the spotlight as the bitterness fades out, another very solid offering from Uinta
12 oz bottle best before 07/19/15S, served at 45º into Orrefors Pulse Beer glass
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with a nice tight fluffy khaki head that sticks around. Aroma is bitter chocolate roasted malt some pine spruce earthy hop notes. Taste is very bitter bakers chocolate roasted burnt malt such a biter beer. Palate is medium sticky and dank.
JMCtime (67) - Washington, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
So good. So much flavor. All of the light citrus notes of a good IPA with the added richness and weight of a dark stout.
anderson01 (229) - Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in color with some floaties( hope that is normal for this beer). Has a thick, off-white head that is frothy. Has outstanding lacing. Aroma consist of licorice and what i can only think of is soy sauce. Salty taste that starts smooth and ends with a long, harsh finish. For some reason it taste nutty. This beer is all over the place. This would be alright of a beer once and a great while but could not see it as one of my daily drinkers.
EBROVIAK (17) - - APR 18, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sorry but I don’t get any hoppy nose here and nothing citrus in the taste. It seems like somebody hopped up a good porter. Interesting but not Black Maharaja by any means.
bookman10 (718) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, black-brown, with mid-sized head. Aroma of citrus, roasted grain, coffee, chocolate. Smooth flavor, with hints of coffee, leather, chocolate, some malty sweetness, and citrus-hop bitterness. Pretty decent black IPA!