deyholla (6637) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bloomington Brewpub. Poured a thick black with a nice thick dark brown head that laced nicely. Aroma had notes of pine hops with some underlying dark malts. Flavor began with a nice dark malt flavor, dark bread and a bit of roasted notes, but the pine notes become the main note towards the finish.
DrSilverworm (6375) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 12oz bottle, bottled November 2012. Black color. Good thin half-finger brown head. Good lace. Toasty, herbal hop nose. Medium body. Light carbonation. Kinda watery texture. Good roastiness, some light milk chocolate. Herbal, lightly earthy hop. Mostly sweet taste, light bitter aftertaste. Odd Black IPA. Strange watery character, and odd herbal flavor, but still hoppy, chocolatey, and roasty.. Still a black IPA.. just not my favorite example 7/4/6/2/12
Re-rate, 1/12/14: 12oz bottle, bottled November 2013. Why are these always 2 months old when they show up? Pours a black color, with a nice thicker brown head. Leaves good, thicker full sheets of lace. Earthy hop, and pine in the nose. Some chocolate in the aroma, light roast. A bit of that floral, tea like herbal quality that I presume comes from the lavender. An interesting, and noticeable twist on the black IPA, that takes it in a different, unique direction from the type that I normally like, though itís not really bad, it kind of works. Medium to bigger body, chewier than I remember this being last year, thatís a good thing. Soft carbonation, kind of a slick, sticky texture. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. A satisfying black IPA... I enjoyed this significantly more than the bottle I tried last year.
Cletus (6354) - 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.
after4ever (6129) - 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.
BBB63 (6042) - 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.
ogivlado (5716) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled355ml. -Trade with shrubber85 (thanks Roger!)
Deep black coloured, huge brown head, roasted malt and chocolate in the nose. The taste was great; heavy roasted malt, dark chocolate and pleasant hoppy with nutty notes. Strong bitter finish and long-lasting aftertaste.
riversideAK (5625) - 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.
b3shine (5438) - Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster. Looks good; pitch black with foamy beige head. Smells and tastes malty and hoppy (in that order) with some roastiness. Good on the palate. A good example of the style.
alexsdad06 (5412) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown to black with a small khaki head. The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, a mild nutty note with earthy and strong herbal hops. If I had to pin this down it seems like a spruce/mint combo which is a bit strange. The flavor is very similar, however, the herbal/spruce/mint notes overshadow the roasted malts, nuts and chocolate. Body is a touch thin. This is interesting, but ultimately not something I would drink again.
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black in color, clear with a thin head. Nice Dark malt backing and big hops forward taste. Love the finish and the overall Black IPA concept.