nsquishee (638) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy and sweet. Kinda like an pale ale mixed with a porter. Very good example of a drinkable black ale. Scored this one for $6 a 6-pack at Zipps in Mpls. Would buy again at that price.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Gingerman Ft. Worth. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted and hoppy. Taste is very hoppy and caramel. The taste feels forced with hops. Thin mouthfeel. Fantastic aroma.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Tournament Liquors. Pour is...well Pitch Black with a white head and great lacing. Nice hoppy aroma and flavor with an absolutely smooth finish. Really good beer, I especially love the way it looks.
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a dark brown almost black with a small frothy beige head. The aroma is a floral hop with pine. Medium mouthfeel with a nice balance of malt with pibey hops and a nice bitter finish. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2010 Tap from Claudia’s in portland. Black pour with bitter nose that hints at a thinner brew.
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours black with a cream-colored head. The aroma is piney hops with some roasted malts. The flavor is mainly piney hops, but there is some citrus hops in there as well. There is also a roasted malt backbone which is very interesting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into shaker. Aroma is totally IPA--piney hops, citrus; little malt presence in the nose. Considering the black malt and roasted barley added, I was expecting some porter-like aromas. None here. Pours black with a medium dissipating head, leaving some lacework. Reddish tones come out when held up to the light. Taste is totally IPA, as well. Very little malt (roasted or otherwise) here. The only other black IPA I’ve had other than this is Laughing Dog’s Dogzilla. That beer is totally a cross between porter and IPA. This beer is totally porter in appearance, but completely IPA in flavor. After another taste I realize there is a faint roasted character lurking in the background, but it is truly faint. If tasted blind with an opaque mug, I wouldn’t know this was a "black IPA." Tastes like an average IPA to me. Carbonation is medium. Finish is bitter. Nothing truly unique here, but nothing offensive, either. It’s a good beer, but not as adventurous as the label would have one believe.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark burnt sugar color. Thin head. Nose is sweet and malty with a hint of hops. Taste is confusing. Starts sweet and malty ends like an ipa.
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown to black into the class with ruby red highlights. Aroma is citrusy with a chocolaty sweetness. Almost like a orange creamsicle. Flavor is malty and toasty at first with a bitterness that comes toward the end and stays on the tongue. An interesting beer. The sweetness of the malt really subdues the hops, which I’m not sure was the intention of the brewer so it possibly could need some more flavor/bittering hops. Either way it tastes really good and is an interesting beer if nothing else.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma – Nice dark sweet roasty malt with a good hops backing aroma.
Appearance – Dark Brown in color, Clear with a light head.
Flavor – Nice roasty malt flavors with big hops in the flavor. This was a great beer.
Palate – Dry finish with a nice Mouthfeel.
Overall – This is a Black IPA and represents the new style with gusto.