bookman10 (683) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, reddish, copper-brown, with medium-sized head. Aroma of hops and some malt. Flavor is a touch hoppy, with some malt. It really does taste like a light version of a black IPA, which is not something I really have much interest in--I’d much prefer one that goes all-in on the dark malt flavors, etc. This was kind of dull.
Sledutah (5216) - Utah, USA - JAN 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle picked up at Total Wine in Spokane
Pours clear dark brown with a medium sized beige head, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, piney and bread. Flavor of toasted malts, fruity, chocolate and pine
A nice Black IPA
Schwarzbart (52) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a big, khaki, root beer float head. Color is light black and brown looking when held up to the light. Excellent thick patterned froth. Smells of pine, fruitiness like raspberry, black malt and spearmint. Palate is light bodied, crisp and finishes on the dry side. Tastes of spearmint is dominating flavor over black malts, but it's mild and a little watery. Stone fruit, pine needles and very faint chocolate cake also. Overall, it comes in a little thin, but for 4.2% it's pretty good. I love Cascadian ales and my first time having a session level one. I'd buy it if available year round.
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SHIG (3703) - 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 (1414) - 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 (10378) - 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 (447) - 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 (12854) - 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 (2963) - 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 (3646) - 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.