Strykzone (5532) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark with a small tan head. A roasted flavor with tart hops. Some earth. Not a favored style but this is decent.
EithCubes (5241) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, label is super heavy cardstock or something. Nose has lovely pine and citrus from the hops with mocha and light porterish roast notes, with just a hint of socky must, resultant blend is exquisite, probably the first ’Black IPA’ I’ve had to really emphasize the darker side of malt in the nose (as opposed to using flavorless de-bittered black malt). Pitch porter body with a dark brown imperial stout head. Taste is dark and very dry, light citrus from the hops is not sweet in the sugar way, but adds accent. Smooth, lasting ash for once doesn’t taste like it came from a cigarette, pine and caramel picking up in the midbody after a few ounces and soon roughhousing in the back. Very faint dark chocolate. Touch of rubber-glove astringency in the medium body that seems to be more appropriate to a double IPA, and a little too tannic-y. I like this a lot, but it’s missing something in between the two styles to tie them together (maybe tweak the hops?); this tastes more like a blend of two individually-made beers than a product of itself created synergistically.
thedm (5137) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew from a beer festival poured a medium sized head of foamy with a frothy top fine to large sized dark brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black colored body and a very good lacing. The almost non-existant aroma was mild hop. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of dark malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
BrewDad (5117) - 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.
nuplastikk (5071) - 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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Got in trade from QueenHolly; THANKS Rebekah! Aroma of dark malt, pine, hops, birch, nuts, slight chocolate, slight roast, and slight pine. Poured black in color with a huge, foamy, frothy, brown head that diminished slowly but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of dark malt, roasting, pine, hops, slight chocolate, light citrus, nuts, and birch. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Dark malt, roast, hop, pine, light citrus, nut finish is lightly dry.
Patrickctenchi (4817) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Totally black, dark-oatmeal couloured head leaving lace stripes all the way to the end. Nose is harshly floral...taste is herbal,slightly medicinal, dry bitter. Probably a good example of the style, but these don’t really appeal to me too much...still, worth the experience.
jkwood04 (4769) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of floral and lightly citrusy hops, some pale and dark malts, a little lavender, and some dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Average texture. A good black IPA, but I’m not sure how fresh this bottle was.
cheap (4569) - Beaver Valley, 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 I’ve ever tasted!
AirForceHops (4508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Queenholly. Bottle in Nov 2012. Hops are falling off for sure but the brew still turns out really well. More like a stout now in my glass. Nose is chocolate malt dominated with hints of pine. Lots of Earthy herbal hints in this brew with a strong amount of chocolate malt. Burnt roasted malts. After half the glass I had to read the commercial description. Seeing they used lavender makes all the herbal notes make sense. The bitterness is more from the herbal then hoppy. I feel like a broken record. Did I happen to mention that it’s herbal? Still even a slightly old bottle is pretty good.