GarrettB (1734) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2017
January 30th, 2015 - Black Sails is a ghastly beer, here and there, stochastic and random, and unpredictable in its quality. The aroma is quite fascinating, rising high above the shaker pint, and advertising something more than the usual freshly chopped pine wood that I tend to get in Black IPAs. Instead I get more luxury cologne, varnish and heavy pine syrup, with a deeper tone to the vampire woodsiness compared to other brews. But the flavor radically departs from the inviting aroma, packing as much off-putting cantaloupe flavor as possible. Unfortunately, the mixture of campfire and cantaloupe is like licking an aspen tree with licorice and toasted black sesame seed coating the bark. I visibly cringe as I also taste something like Jaegermeitster. While the mouthfeel is fine, there is something terrible discordant between me and this brew's flavor. Fatehunter (2654) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Pours two fingers of head on an almost black body.
The aroma is lots of roasted malt and some pine, a really nice mixture.
The taste smooth roasted malt, a bit of coffee and pine bitterness.
The texture is softer, almost creamy.
This is a really good black IPA. Gerbeer (4302) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2015
650 ml bottle. Pours a black/brown with moderate head. Aromas of rye bread, licorice, and watery black coffee. Flavors of piney roasted malts, mineral water, and black coffee with a vegetal note like green peppers. Not sure if it’s suppose to be this way... Lagerboy (2222) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2015
Bomber. Clear ruby hued deep dark brown, mostly lasting mocha foam. Aroma of chocolate malt and citric hop. Dark roasty chocolate malt taste, a bit nutty, citrusy forest fruity hop. Average carbonation, medium bodied, well hopped. Nice. NFL (Not For Lagerboys) badpuppy69 (332) - orange, California, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Pours a black with creamy tan head. Aroma is chamomile, vanilla, liquorice, and slight leather. Taste follows the aroma well with a sweet malt of caramel note and some hop bitterness in the back end. Not sure what to think. Medium mouth feel.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2015
22oz bottle. Small tan head atop cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chococaramel, some roast, earthy, light grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, chococaramel, some grapefruit/earthy, roast. Smooth medium body, light stickiness, acidity. IMO, more a hoppy stout than a black IPA. fiulijn (21559) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
Draught at Stateside Craft, VancouverBroncowaldon (129) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Black color. I was expecting a classic Black IPA, instead I get roasted chestnuts and chocolate, lingering sweetness, and moderate bitterness.
The aroma though is not convincing, it has also a bit of yeast and glue.
One of best Bkack IPAs I have had. Right up there with wookiejack big combo of hops and roast in flavor and aroma, finishes nice and crisp bitterness from hops and roast. Solid A radarsock (1223) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 Purchased from Leary’s last week - the Amesbury location. $6.00 ($5.95 + $0.05 container deposit) for the 650 mL bottle. To oversized snifter, it pours a purplish-tinted black with which an off-white-ringed head half a finger in length stood.
thornecb (6236) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Aromas of pine needle tea, charcoal, sourdough starter, toasted breadcrumbs, leather, and herbal hops. Took me a pinch off guard.
Tastes the same with the addition of dried lavender, hop oils, avocadoes, and sweat. Ridiculously bitter. Doughy mouthfeel.
A black IPA with an overabundance of hops and just a touch of roast. I’m impartial to this; probably wouldn’t but again but had managed to finish my glass. #allthatmatters
Pours mahogany-tinged deep brown into a shaker. Mocha head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet macaroon aromas. Soft with coconut and dark chocolate upfront turning to a chemical finish. Weird.