theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 royal. The pour is a dark burgundy brown ruby, with a well formed two inch light tan head. Very retentive head, eventually falls with coating lacing. The aroma is initially dry roasted malt, though it opens up with tropical fruit and a resin pine. The flavors play nicely together, clean fresh nose. The flavor is similar to the nose, starts with a dry char roasted malt, then moves to the light tropical fruit (pineapple, grapefruit, mango sort of mix), and pine hop, then dries way out with a mineral earthiness. The tropical fruit lingers pleasantly with the soft char. The flavors are less integrated in flavor than in aroma. The palate is light to medium bodied, active carbonation and the dry finish. These style mash ups are pretty hit or miss for me, but this one hits. Nice beer.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours dark brown with a tight khaki head that slowly fades to a wispy film and lacing all around. Aroma is chocolate roasted malt (really nice). Taste is more roasted chocolate malt and a solid bitterness throughout. Palate is medium and solid carbonation with a chalky finish. Really solid porter!
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours a near-opaque ruby-flashed black, with a moderate beige head, which lasts well, and leaves good lacing. The aroma is much more stout than black IPA, with espresso, cream and burnt caramel notes present. The IPA part of the beer does assert itself much more in the taste, which is quite aggressively hoppy up front, with pine and strong grapefruit flavours prominent. These give way to a smooth, dark body which offers mild, creamy coffee and milk chocolate flavours. Some more bitter cocoa notes come through in the finish, along with a mild hops resurgence. This is much more of a dichotomy than other black IPAs I have had (and it is definitely a black IPA, not a porter). Its hoppy, IPA character is much less integrated with its smooth stout character than in other examples of the style. It is still a very enjoyable drop, but there is a little room for improvement there.
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured cola brown with a quick-forming, dense khaki head.. stuck to the glass as it descended. The aroma picked up sweet toasty chocolates and vanilla with soapy and smooth citrusy accents.. bright hoppage and some roast on the back of the nose.. came across very fresh. The flavor found well-roasted black patent and semi-sweet chocolate malts with accents of vanilla and bright hops (citrus, pine, and lesser floral soapy notes).. finished roasty and very hoppy.. delicious. Medium-bodied with very good balance between sweeter malts and a tasty hop bouquet.. smooth and almost buttery across the middle.. really easy-drinkin’ and full of flavor.
wlajwl (3549) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is dark malts, chocolate and some hops. The flavor is chocolate and mildly sweet with some hops popping up in the finish. More of a porter with a decent hoppiness than a Black IPA, this was a very good ale all around.
DeliriumT (354) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What an intriguing beer! I urge everyone to take a few moments to really think about this beer while you are drinking it. A beautiful burnt caramel nose with a refreshingly bitter ipa palate. Are yeastie boys mixing two incompatible beers? Or are they revolutionizing brewing. I would say probably the latter. An extremely interesting beer which I enjoyed more and more with each sip!
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a near black color with a big, frothy, rocky tan head that leaves heavy lace. Aroma of roasted malts, earthy hops, orange peel, coffee, and ash. Flavor of roasted malts, charred wood, earth, leaves, and coffee grounds. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a very roasty mouthfeel. This one is intense for a porter and has a real hop character to it. Seemed more like a black IPA to me. Whatever it is, it’s definitely worth trying.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, bread, chocolate), with notes of tar, licorice, and minerals.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
A bit tart, but otherwise balanced ok and the aroma and mouthfeel are nice. Not terribly characterful or memorable, but pretty well made.
Strykzone (4477) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sub 12 oz. bottle. A black pour with minimal red highlights and a nice frothy lighter tan head. Coffee, ashes, and currants in the nose. A big robust coffee flavor begins. Soggy grass and tart bitter hops. The hops grow after each swallow and are grapefruit citrus. They are also somewhat sulfury and fruity. This stays consistent throughout. It is quite tasty.
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a black body and a large, khaki head. Tight nit bubbles, good lacing and retention. Aromas are at first roasty with note of bitter coffee, and also quite floral and fruity hops (tropical and citrus like: passionfruit, mango, guava). A bit of brown sugar as well. Flavors are medium bitter with a roast dominant character. Bitter and a bit gritty with highly roasted malts. A bit ashy. Malt character slowly fades to burnt toast and brown sugar towards the finish. Medium bitterness that doesn’t linger. A bit of a floral hop flavor, but the more exotic flavors from the nose are absent. Pretty dry with a touch of a metallic note. Creamy, somewhat lively carbonation. Dry, lower body with an overall bitter and dry balance. Quite the hoppy porter. Lean and aggressive but drinkable.