ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.
A: Pours a not-quite-black dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger light tan color with great texture and nice retention. A lot of thin, filmy lace is left on the glass, having that ’could almost pass for a black metal band’s logo’ vibe to it.
S: Surprisingly citrusy - I was expecting more of a floral/pine hop quality, but I really can’t complain here. A decent amount of papaya, mango, and apricots form the main aspects of the aroma, with just a backing hint of roasted malt and chocolate. I also sense a little bit of marijuana, too.
T: Again, I really like how citrusy this is, but the black ale qualities are subtle, at best. An opening salvo of mango and papaya give way to a finish of light roast and hemp. The darker malts only serve to smooth out the hop profile without creating a clashing sensation problematic of a lot of black ales. Smoothly balanced with minimal to moderate bitterness and a building roasted aftertaste. Nothing hyper complex, but son of a bitch, this just works.
M: Silky smooth to start, before the hops create a coarseness after the midtaste. Hop oils build a resinous texture on the tongue without destroying the palate. Not easy to drink, due to the thicker body, but the finishing dryness and moderate carbonation makes this easy to sip.
O: I love DIPAs and I love stouts, but hybridize the two into a black ale and the results can be questionable at times (see: Stone SSR). This, on the other hand, is an example of the style done right. VERY well priced for what it is, and highly recommended. Even at three months old, this is damn good stuff.
Borup (6304) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25,5 cl. bottle. Brown colour with an average beige head. Aroma and flavour of hops, malt, roasted notes, caramel, chocolate, fruit and a bitter finish
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A brown beer with brown head. The aroma has notes of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, chocolate, and roasted malt, leading to a bitter finish.
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home.
Black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Roasted aroma of hops, cookies and licorice.
Roasted flavour of hops and grapefruits with notes of licorice.
Dry roasted and hoppy finish.
jsporrer (24) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2014
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
On Tap at "The Yard". Was looking for a dark beer to try but I picked the wrong one. Its appearance and aroma are nothing out of the ordinary but I didn’t like the taste at all. It was very carbonated and left my whole mouth tingly. After I swallowed it there was a very bitter and harsh aftertaste left in the back of my mouth and throat. Not something I would try again. It reminded me of DuClaws Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut butter Porter. I got the same harsh aftertaste and carbonation. Not an enjoyable flavor for my liking.
Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle from Hayduke that we had together over facebook chat. Is Double Black IPA not a style yet? It should be. The beer is very black. A beige head sits on top and is one finger plus. The aroma is that of an IPA with fruit being dominant and some earth behind that. The flavor is citrus fruit and some yeast. Nothing black is tasted yet (55.4F). At 59F some cocoa finally pops up and it becomes more earthy, too. This is very tasty and the hops are nicely balanced by the malts. Bitterness is very mild. Alcohol is not noted at all. I like this beer. It offers some really nice rich flavors that are fruity.
hayduke (3470) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Pours a rich dark brown with a creamy tan head and beautiful lacing . Nose is citrus and pine with some light chocolate. Medium body. Some alcohol in the mouthfeel. Flavor is rich and full of lots of nuances. Very much an IPA but with the chocolate moves to the Black variety, And with the booze moves to the Imperial variety. Bitter finish of citrus. The is a very nice beer and drinks quite easily for so much alcohol.
UncleKorm (891) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap poured a deep dark brown w/ a medium foamy beige head and thick lacing. Big sweet boozy hop aromas. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a bold bitter finish of long duration. Tastes are big piney hops, dark breads, rye and dark chocolate. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel and a warm finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Evolutionary (301) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at na mellow mushroom. Black pour with thin froth head. Smokey hop nose and smooth bite. The alcohol is hidden in there well and the hop is nearly perfectly balanced. Well played. Aftertaste is pleasant.
shanshock (1) - - NOV 23, 2014 does not count
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Love Uinta.....except this one. Aroma....Bud Light used as bongwater.
Appearance spot on, it was black.
Taste....week old waffle house coffee. burnt. with a blunt roach floating in it.
Palate.....amazed mine is still intact
Overall.....very disappointing, Uinta is one of my top fav brewers..but this one should have been thrown out with the seeds and stems.
sawbuck (363) - 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.