mcberko (7443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, pours dark reddish brown (almost black) with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and spicy hops, pretty typical of the style. Flavour profile is robust - begins with deeply roasted malt notes (beautifully done), with the intensity of the hops weighing toward the middle, creating a wonderfully balanced finish of roasted notes and spicy hops with a slight bitterness. A delicious concoction here.
DrSilverworm (7217) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Very dark brown-red appearance, minimal head. Very roasty aroma, like a stout almost, but without the creaminess. It has a very crisp, lightly carbonated body, and the roastiness persists in force throughout the aftertaste. I’d expect this kind of flavor to result from an imbalance of malt, but that’s not the case with the brew. It’s hop notes are just noticable enough from behind their roasty veils to make this beer the definitive Black IPA (amongst the two that I’ve sampled so far, anyway)
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Dave for the bottle! Poured deep brown with a bloody tint to it.. nice cap of milky-beige head stuck around for a while. The aroma picked up fresh earth, floral, and pine resin hoppage over toasted caramel and nutty malts.. warm and spicy on the back of the nose. The flavor found spicy, and, well, brassy hops per the description all the way through (mostly black pepper and resiny pine).. caramel and nutty sweetness again at the core.. bright hop kick and alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. overall just a bit too hot and abrasive, but otherwise tasty. I’d have another, and I’d like to see how it does with age.
Ibrew2or3 (7158) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with thin white head. The mild aroma is a mix of earthy and spicy hops with some mild sweetness around the edges. The taste is fresh crisp citrus and spicy hops. Actually there are lots and lots of tasty hops here supported by a tenuously thin layer of malty sweetness.
deyholla (7155) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Poured a clear dark burgundy with an off-white head that laced nicely. Aroma had strong pine notes with undertone of both roasted malt and citrus. Flavor was more balanced with the pine notes balancing with the roasted malts.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Transparent dark copper amber pour has a well-lacing creamy froth of light tan head. Very resiny piny citrus hop nose has some toasty sweet dark caramel malty undertones. Starts with good viscosity and malty sweetness with lots of fresh grapefruity and piny flavor hops with good bitter balance before a drier, fairly crisp bittersweet finish. Nice complexity and assertive hoppiness throughout. An enjoyable dark double IPA.
BVery (7103) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap. Dark brown red pour. Foamy, clingy off-white head. Nose is like sweat (really) and some hop. Taste is hop over the top of black licorice. Weird, but decent.
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Bronze beer with a light cream colored head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma. Grapefruit and malt flavor with caramel and a light twigginess. Medium body. Grapefruit and light pine lingers with caramel backing.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1966-20090124] Tap. Heavy orange hops aroma has candy and mild sweaty citrus notes. Clear, dark red brown body with a quick foamy light tan head. Sweet boozy orange hops flavour has bitter fruity hops throughout. Medium-full body. Heavy and bitter.
(@ Cole’s; Buffalo, NY)
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear crimson tinged brown with thin white head. Big earthy malt, nice roast, caramel malt, and a bit of earthy hops. Medium bodied, lots of roast, dark char and toast. Nice big grapefruit on the finish with lingering roast notes.