bdluttrull (1) - USA - FEB 5, 2010 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stumbled upon this in a pick-six. Bottle.
VERY dark, very deep beer. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with a long finish. Strong, with hints of coffee and smoke.
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.
after4ever (5739) - 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 (5609) - 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 CDA’s (aka Black IPA’s/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.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a brown cover. Aroma is more roasty, bitter astringent malt. Taste is roasty, coffee, burnt, bitter malt and hop finish.
kbutler1 (1332) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. At Upland Tap Room in Bloomington, IN. Poured into a pint glass a dark cola like brown color with a tan head. Aroma is not as hoppy I would have thought but roast and licorice. Medium moutfeel. Subtle roast flavors with a fairly strong hoppy bitter bite at the end. Nice lace. Overall, would have liked to have more of a hop presence but drinks easy.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Bottle - Pours black with big tan head. Looks like a heavy porter/stout. Aroma is dark malts, coffee, big chocolate, earthy and citrusy hops. Taste is roasty, earthy, chocolate with a bit of earthy/citrusy hops on the back end. I’d say this is more of a hoppy ,sessionable Imperial porter or stout than a real BIPA. Mouthfeel is actually on thicker side, nearing syrupy consistency, medium carbonation. Nonetheless, tasty and highly drinkable.
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
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.
LilBeerDoctor (3230) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt initially with a citrusy, hoppy finish. Great black IPA, I loved both components of a robust ale plus IPA. Uber drinkable too.