Koelschtrinker (9536) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dunkelhopfiger Antrunk, der eher in die Richtung eines Stouts als in die eines IPAs geht. Im Mittelteil überwiegen schokoladige Noten vor dem hier schwachen Hopfen. Etwas stärker ist die Bitterkeit, die sich hier langsam aufbaut um im Nachgeschmack wirklich präsent zu sein. Hier sind schokoladige Malzigkeit und trockener Hopfen gleichauf, dezente Röstnoten passen aufgrund der Trockenheit nur bedingt. Süffiges, gut gehopftes Stout. 12/12/11/12/11/12
madsberg (9337) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled. Black coloured. Huge brown dense head. quite lively pour. Aroma of roast, vague smoke, cocoa, herbs and some spice. Flavour of cocoa, roast, herbs, spice and some flowers. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a chocolatish and roasted bitterness.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a dark brown, almost black, color with a very fluffy tan colored head and some nice sheets of lacing.
S: The primary aroma is roasted malt with some coffee notes and a noticeably acidity.
T: Like the nose, the roasted malt is the primary component along with coffee, an acidic note, and a bitter finish.
M: The body is medium with a lively and tingly carbonation.
D: Not sure if the high carbonation and acidity were due to infection, but this one just seemed a bit "off". For a black IPA, this wasn’t all that hoppy.
BeerandBlues2 (8556) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by nuplastikk. Pours black with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with excellent retention. Aroma is average malt (bread, roast, coffee), heavy hops (floral, citrus, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of prunes, raisins, and licorice. Flavor is average malt (bread, roast, coffee), heavy hops (floral, citrus, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of prunes, raisins, and licorice. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.
3fourths (7534) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. for only being pilsener and black malt i pick up a lot of rounded, chewy dark caramel malt... there’s a roundness and fullness that seems meaty and gelatinous and which i find generally unpleasant, but the milk chocolate (yeast / milk powder note contributing) character is nice. hops are cheesy and pungent in the nose and provide medium buzzing acid and bitterness. lavender is non-existent. decent beer but mostly forgettable.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by nuplastikk: Pours an opaque black with a full-lacing froth of light brown head. Has a fresh resiny citrus and piny hop nose with a touch of dark malty sweetness. Starts with good fullness and fresh resiny hoppy flavor with a toasty dark caramel malty sweetness before a drier slightly warming bittersweet finish. A true to style and drinkable black IPA.
Ughsmash (6925) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. This sucka poured inky black with a deep brown head.. this screamed "stout" from the appearance, and I love stout. The aroma picked up greener floral and citrus hoppage over a bed of roasted semi-sweet chocolates.. nutty notes, vanilla, and caramel accented.. outstanding! The flavor found dark chocolate and lesser coffee at the core.. nice roast, but the malts seemed a little stale.. heavy bitterness around, mostly floral and earth, with a little spicy pine.. roasty and bitter on the finish. Medium-bodied with decent balance on the palate.. dry and grainy overall.. very bitter, especially as it warmed up. I’m not a big fan of black IPAs, but this was probably the best I’ve found.
shrubber85 (6515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark chocolate, anise, and mild astringent alcohol aroma with a hint of lavender. Opaque black color with large tan head. Mildly sweet cocoa malt initially with a strong bitter grapefruit peel finish. Medium body. Pretty good.
jtclockwork (6254) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with tan head. Nose of hops and roasted chocolate malts. Taste is roasted chocolate malts, lavender, coffee and hops. Medium bodied.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/2 growler courtesy of stfun. Pours dark brown woth a rocky tan head. Smells of resiny hops, sage, pine, roasted malt. Tastes of earth, chocolate, pine, molasses, some smoky hints on the finish.