Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle
Split with b3shine and tastybeer this was a fine black IPA picked up in the Cleveland area. I think it was solid enough for me to try another one or two of their beers when I verify the freshness. Maybe White Birch is an up and comer in the northeast.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base slides gracefully into the sample sized glass. Slick legs like a mocha porter sweep downwards. Plums, malt, and oily resins warm the air like a very hoppy porter.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee, cinnamon, and a spicy edge are a little bit of unexpected pleasure. The dry transition of molasses emerges after about ten seconds. Finally comes a resiny finish from a balanced hop presence. From start to finish this is a very enjoyable black IPA. The fact it is also relatively affordable only makes it more appealing.
Ed5388 (2089) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber thanks to WillRunForBeer. Pours black with a small foamy mocha colored head. Aroma of mostly chocolate, coffee, and pine. Taste has a big piney hop presence, with lots of chocolate malt, bitter black coffee, and burnt toast.
tastybeer (1728) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Pour is black, tan head. Little retention/some lace. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, grass, citrus, roast. Taste is bitter, dark chocolate, roast, citrus, grass. Palate is soft, oily, bitter finish.
Trev (1935) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, tan head.
Aroma is roasted malt, choc, light citrusy hop.
Flavour of bakers choc. Roasted malt and citrusy hop.
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b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to tulip (shared by Brigadier). Looks good; a fairly opaque dark cola with beige lacing. Smells of dark malt, dark chocolate, hops, and roast. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Good beer.
Jow (2154) - New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Belated birthday gift from brother in law, 3 bombers with 2 new rates not too shabby. This pours thick motor oil consistency. Nose is nice of dark chocolate and earthy hops. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee grounds, grapefruit, spruce, earth, resin, and ash. Low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good beer.
Drake (8546) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Jack Brown’s, Harrisonburg. Pours a dark brown color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, earthy and green hops and a bit of leather. The taste is bitter roasted malts, chocolate, bitter hops. Medium bodied, average carbonation, lingering bitterness, decent balance.
umich03jm (1955) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours pitch black with a big creamy head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing. Aroma is very creamy and chocolaty with a solid pine/floral hop presence. Taste is awesome, my kinda black IPA. Thick, rich, complex and hoppy. A faint sweetness at the start with rich chocolate and toast. Turns to strong, bitter, slightly burnt coffee in the middle. Finishes hoppy with pine and flowers and the burnt coffee taste remains. Also has a burnt wood, ashy taste that lingers. Thick body and a very nice creamy mouthfeel. Love this beer. It’s basically an overly hopped yet easy to drink stout. I think that’s what the best Black IPA’s are really. I’m gonna have to get more of this.
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Jack Brown’s. The pour’s deep brown with a tight tan head. The nose is mild roast coffee. Char. A bit of vanilla. Rocky road fudge. The taste is dark bitter chocolate. Moderate bitter grassy hops. Nicely full, creamy. Soft carbonation. Pleasant.
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, creamy brown head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast, chocolate, and coffee malt, earthy and spicy hops, oats, prunes, pine and resin notes. Flavor is dark malt, moderate hops and bitterness with dark fruits, light smoke and a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation.