Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 Cask at Barcade, NYC (early 2010). Really delicious. Dark and stouty on account of the multitude of roasted malts. Nice, off-setting hop bitterness. Great beer. (4.5)
Bottle shared at CBC - Clerkenwell, London - thanks to the generous Seth! Good stuff. Punchy hops, earth, pine, dirt. Wonderful black IPA. (3.7)
Ratman197 (8484) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, pine, and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, grapefruit and pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish. BIG Hops in this one!
BeerandBlues2 (8456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is average malt (light roast, bread, cookie, coffee), average hops (earthy, herbal, woody, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of figs and plums. Flavor is average malt (light roast, bread, cookie, coffee), heavy hops (earthy, herbal, woody, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of figs and plums. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, light creaminess with a dry finish. The aroma is rather subdued and no amount of swirling seems to improve it. On the other hand, the flavor is very nice, displaying lightly roasted malt character next to some spicy and earthy hops. The alcohol content is well hidden, until you feel the warming effects in your stomach.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Clear, dark crimson ale with a mid-sized, creamy, taupe head that never fully diminishes. The nose is of cocoa, tangerine and earthy, floral hops. Full-bodied and creamy with modest carbonation. The flavor is full of roasty notes and burnt bitterness. Warming, bitter finish.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint on tap at Capones.
Poured a darker brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of pine, earhty, roasty, floral, toasted malts, and some citrus. Tastes of pine, roasted malts, earthy, citrus, and lighter caramel. Alcohol content well hidden. Lacing left on the glass. More on the hoppy side vs. a balanced IIPA. If I had to choose, I would list this under and IPA, although if a Black IPA were a style, this would fit that.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at David Copperfields. Creamy brown beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy and herbal. Spicy with a soft cocoa base and a bit of orange peel. Very bright and hop-laden. Spicy and herbal with a lot of pithy resinous bitterness and a kiss of smokiness as well. Warming intensifies the zesty hoppiness and a spiciness. Sticky resinous finish. A hit of cocoa and light caramel gives the malts a bit of intrigue. Pretty interesting.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a big tan head. Aroma is citrus/spicy hops. I also detect some notes of caramel and honey. Flavor is hoppy, but not overly bitter. Light yeast, resin and some bready notes.
Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Coles rare beer fest, a Black IPA. A sub-style I like, exceeding on this day the Phillips I have enjoyed from British Columbia. Its black, a west coast IPA with some shwartzbeer character. Lots of lace. C-hop in aroma not over the top.Above verage mouthfeel.
BMan1113VR (7691) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with a tan head and a brown body. Aroma of what smells like simcoe, herbal and dankness. Taste is really herbal, fresh and hoppy with grass, pine needles and caramel. Medium carbonation. Nice!
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted on tap at FreshCraft in Denver, Colorado. Dark reddish appearance reminiscent of a Bock. Also has a foamy carbonated head which almost looks like a nitro. Weak dark malty and hoppy aroma. Not too dark of body with the floral hoppy flavor. Doesn’t at all taste like it has almost 9% alcohol. Pretty good beer.