hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft… Pours tar black with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent carbonation. Musky hop and charred malt nose. Also, some misplaced grapefruit and a hint of pine. Medium-bodied with a skim milk mouthfeel and jazzy carbonation. The flavor is decently balanced. Toasty more than roasty with mild rindy bitterness. Finishes crisp and lightly charred with a mild grapefruity hop bite.
drowland (7868) - Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
8/22/11. On tap. Almost opaque black pour with a small tan head that lasts and laces a little bit. A surprisingly nice citrusy American hop aroma. Relatively light hoppy flavor with some citrus and just a touch of roast. If I didn’t know, I’m not sure I’d guess this was a black IPA.
AirForceHops (5971) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, $1.95 @ Bert’s Better Beers, Hooksett, NH. I enjoy the Aromas of a Black IPA and this one in no exception. Light grapefruit, pine with a nice, roasted barley background. Thin off-white head with next to no lace on the glass. Taste is a well-balanced blend of pine hops, with a bit of floral hops and the dark roasted malt gives it an mild chocolate flavors in the background. Earthy pine in the finish. On the lighter side of the style. Light body. Has a good amount of drinkability.
stunetii (90) - Bergen, NORWAY, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Fireside in Strasburg, PA. Overall, this was a very good IPA with a remarkable balance. Pours with a dark brown color, producing a moderate tan head, but with lacing that ends up being a bit weak. The nose is hoppy and malty: sweet, with florally scents accompanied by a roasted malt aroma. Likewise, the taste strikes a nice balance between malts and hops. Will certainly buy this one again
TaktikMTL (7008) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Légère odeur d’houblons et de torréfaction. Apparence: La couleur est noire avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de torréfaction et d’agrumes avec une pointe de noix. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #3754)
jb (2871) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at McGregor’s. This was a different take on the black IPA a bit lighter and with less roasted notes, with the biscuity maltiness combined with some hop floral and fruity notes. Heavily recommended by the bartender and he gave us samples 1st. Also he did a vertical with a more traditional black, the gritty, roasted/toasted grainy hoppy monster. Also note in the taste this was a bit sweet with a sour finish or edge.
mcberko (13254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle, pours dark brown with a reddish tinge and a small tan head. Aroma is very mild - toasted nuts, roasted malt and only a light hoppiness. Flavour is also mild with slightly roasted malt and citrus hops, with a mild lingering bitterness. A little watery, but decent.
beerme31 (636) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with medium tan head. Aroma is roasty, woody, and coffee. Flavor is malt sweetness and then bitter hop finish. Its a medium-full body, creamy, longer than average finish. Overall very good.
queenholly (3619) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Brew Haven festival. Dark roasted malt and light hop aroma. Dark brown with a moderate tan head. Roasted malt and piney grapefruit hops flavor.Medium bodied.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine West Richmond, VA, opened 4/2/11. Pours a dark copper tinted brown color with a medium sized fizzy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter floral, leafy and citrus hops. The taste is bitter citrus hops and mildly roasted hops. Medium bodied. Fairly well balanced. Decent.