BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: HOLY COW, this is so similar to my Dance of the Dead homebrew it floored me. I did a "clone" before I ever tasted the similar commercial product! A true Cascadian Dark Ale, yeah BABY!!!
Very deep almost opaque hue with a lovely creamy tan head which left good lace upon the glassware. The aroma is grassy. resiny, and fruity PNW and noble hops, slightly dank and catty too. There is plenty of charred Black Patent malt along with some nutty, chocolate and caramel vapours, light tar, liquorice, and flowery esters as well. The taste matched the nose, sharp and dank resiny hop bitterness, some ashy black, brown chocolate and nutty malts, hint of coffee, clove and anise spiciness. The appearance, aroma and taste are very similar I would have hard time telling which is which (mine has a bit more malty roundness and alcohol bite). The mouth feel is the one area there is a difference. The Upland version is a bit more sharper, thinner-bodied, and cleaner while both have a noticeable black malt astringent finish.
I happen to love most of these CDAís (aka Black IPAís/Overamped and overhopped Porters and Stouts)... whatever. I want more commercial example. CDA WILL BE A STYLE on ratebeer with a few years know that.
satan165 (1014) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma is good general roast and bakers chocolate. appearance is opaque with filthy head of good size but less retention and some lacing. flavor is excellent balance of roast softness with some java notes and plenty of unsweetened cocoa - up against bracing bitterness with buried citrus and hint of pine. this is not an IPA nor black IPA (nor does that style even exist, arguably), this is simply a well structured and fun porter.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12. thanks, ben! pours black with a loose dark tan ring of foam. big toasty coffee nose. creamy medium body, lively carb. toast and coffee on the mid palate. longish ashy patenty finish.
bvc (1121) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a really dark and viscous with a tan head. Dusty dry cocoa, coffee, light nuttiness...not much in the way of hops. Thick mouth feel. Dusty bitter chocolate, inky, some light grassy earthiness in there and then a really bitter finish. Confusing beer.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty nose with some char and dank. Black pour with a nice brown head. The flavor is big on roast, char, touch of burnt/smoke, and danky bitterness in the finish. Very stout like in flavor, hoppy, but not in ipa category imo, but with a strangely thin body. Lingering charred mouthfeel. Weird, confused beer.
cheap (3655) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This pours a beauty! Big black pour like an oily impy stout that appears to be used 90W shovelhead oil with a choco moose head, very attractive. I want to dip my tongue in there. First let me say that this is overall a very penetrating beer which I beleive to be in the wrong style. This IS an imp stout by all practicle measures. A mean old beer with a taste bud explosion! Ooooh baby, this comes across like a pine tree that was partially burned and then covered with pine tar. Big and bold! Roto-tilling rude for a lager lover. Good carbonation for such a heavy beer and I welcome that. Nasty long imp stout linger at the end of every gulp. This beer has a father that was an IPA bastard and a mother that was an imp stout bitch. What else can be said? IF you like impstout, you better get this from BarvarianPurity. I have to thank him for ruining my taste buds for the day, YOU ROCK! Quite a beer experience that I was glad to have! If this is an IPA, which it is not, its the best IPA Iíve ever tasted!
nuplastikk (3817) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 Draft at Dexters. Pitch black color with an oily head. Sweet chocolate malt over a solid hoppy base. An interesting style, captures the qualities of a Black and an IPA quite well. Mild enough to be sessionable but still full bodied and flavorful. Good beer.
misterbeer (308) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle A dark black pour brown head. Taste of wood,roasty, some chocolate, finishes with a bitter coffee taste. Not at all what i expected but really good.
madvike (2369) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours black with a frothy brown head. Smells of peaty, smoky malt with some citrusy hops underneath it all. Taste falls a little flat, with lots of milkiness, the same smoky, peaty malt, and some herbal hops. Smooth and fairly full-bodied, this was pretty good. Not sure how I feel about the black IPA, but it was interesting.
sloth (2337) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dead turtle aroma? Caught me offguard with that one Brian. Next time i,m out drivin and see one of them poor little buggers splattered all over the road i,m gonna hafta pull over and get me a whiff of that so i know where yer coming from. Does the age of the road pizza turtle matter? Is a box or snapper gonna have the same qualitys? Yer killin me brah!! WooHoo WTF! Small tan head with fair retention. I believe the darkness of this brew overides the IPAness of it all. Gotta say i enjoyed it any way. Roast and chocolate, dry maltiness, Caramel, some burnt, some patent, chalkiness and a hint of citrus rasttling around in there. Dry finish, good bitterness. I was kinda diggin it. Wanna redo! Still gotta know what dead turtle smells like. Props to Robert for sharing.