RichardW (1298) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the Burger Bar, LV. Another superb black brew. This has subtle roast malt background, but a really fresh dominant hop leaf flavour, which lasts right through to the aftertaste, becoming slightly oily in the finish, which is quite bitter and sharp. A cracker......
TomDecapolis (4332) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a creamy tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, pine, grapefruit. Flavor of the same, nice and smooth.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Black IPA? Another American variation no doubt. From 12-oz bottle pours a dark root beer brown colored brew with an average sized beige head that quickly dissipates to a cream top and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malts, plenty of floral and citrus hops with a hint of coffee and a touch of lavender. Taste is medium bodied, with toasted dark malt, bittersweet chocolate, citrus, pine and some earthy herbs. Finish is slightly metallic with burnt dark malt, chocolate and citrus aftertaste.
benfergy (184) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Pitch Black IPA has an apppearance that is - pitch black. It’s aroma is of hops, as well as what may be juniper (since I like gin, that’s a good thing. Not to say that this beer is much like gin at all!) The palate doesn’t stand out, but it’s not too harsh - quite smooth for an IPA, in fact. In sum, a nice beer to try.
hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep mahogany with a small tan head. Coffee and pine aroma, kind of different. Bitter pine with malt notes. Full bodied with almost no carbonation. Very thick and smooth.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. hazy brown color/ khaki head. dank grass, pine hop aromas. medium bodied. Nice pine, floral hoppy flavors with lightly sweet pale malts. good.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black with a tan head. Doesn’t look like an IPA but smells of one. Thick taste of IPA. The black malt is interesting to give a surprise twist to the IPA.
Fred82 (2069) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz shared by Marc with Thierry..
Appearance : Black with a small head.
Aroma : Lots of resinous hops. Citrusy. Roasted malts. Feels oily.
Taste : A bit metallic. Quite malty with resinous hops. Finish roasted malt with resinous hops.
Overall : Nice hoppy nose. Taste falls a bit short compared to the nose. A bit bland. No real flaws that I can detect.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft: Black with an off-white head and a nice amount of lacing. The nose is hoppy and fresh with some cascades and grassy hops, ample roast on top of that to confuse the mess. The flavor is balanced though like a hoppy porter, comes across very nicely. More Black than IPA with a drinkable body.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. A pretty standard "black IPA". Deep coffee brown with a one finger thick beige head. Toasted malts and light citrus. I think this style has worn out its welcome....IMO