SHIG (3664) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with red hints, head is finger frothy light brown head. Aroma is nice fruity citrus hops. Taste is nice strong citrus and fruity hops, melds well with rugged roasted malts.
Fatehunter (1389) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours two fingers of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is a great mixture of roasted malt and pine.
The taste is quite simple compared to the smell: clean pine and lemon bitterness, borderline watery.
The texture is light and crisp.
Great aroma, the taste was lacking but at 4.2% ABV it’s not bad.
Theydon_Bois (9934) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split on the hotel patio, SD, from Widmer pub PDX 14/11/14.
Light black with a decent light tan covering that retains well.
Nose is light roast, charr, red berry snap, pine, grapefruit.
Taste comprises dank hops, pine, bitter grapefruit, light charr, roasted tones, Benna berry.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Solid enough CDA.
commonmac (409) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at New Bohemia. 10oz pour. Darker brown trending towards black appearance. Aroma is a little bit like wet hops. Not my favorite smell. Lots of tropical, hoppy notes make for an enjoyable taste. Really nothing very black IPA about this beer. Almost tastes run of the mill IPA. Some mild roasted quality at the end but too timid. Very typical representation of a Widmer offering.
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown, chocolate and pine nose, has a toasty character, complex dark malts and lots of bitterness.
AdamJackson (2875) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown to black appearance. very thin looking roasty pine cone woodiness aroma. Hmm. intense hop taste. I actually like the balance. pine and tropical fruits. sugary but nice mouthfeel.
AirForceHops (3516) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, dirty brown/ black color with a thin ring of head. Aroma is light roasted malt, earthy coffee grounds, and light grapefruit.
I enjoy the texture of the beer, slightly creamy with the body on the lighter thin side. Flavor starts with coca, old coffee, light notes of pine and grapefruit. Lightly lingering bitterness. Overall kind of a different style, don’t you want a Black IPA to have some body and depth? It’s still pretty drinkable.
alobar (2873) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cola brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of pine and roasted malt. Watered down flavor with hints of roasted malt, pine, and hint of grapefruit. A bit disappointed as I usually really enjoy Widmer beers.
That1Guy (1963) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber picked up at a random Safeway. Bitchin label. Pours a muddy reddish brown/black with a head that disappears immediately. Black ipa’s always smell like dirt to me. Some fruity hop aroma, and earthy dirt. Pretty astringent flavor. Watery, astringent, and it won’t even get me drunk. Not my style.
mcberko (7173) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Widmer, pours a dark copper brown with a small beige head. Aroma smells very English-style, with biscuity malt and very mild English hops. Flavour is very restrained and mild, with an interesting mix of hop varieties. Very light and sessionable. Pleasant but boring.