5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle: Deep deep cola, nearly black, moderate to thin frothy head, tannish, fairly nice lacing. Hoppy nose, not much in the way of roasted malts. Very subtle roastiness, if at all. A bit more noticeable on the tongue, the roasted malts that is. Otherwise this one is mainly just an IPA. If I drank this blind, I probably wouldn’t think of this as a Black IPA as it doesn’t have a very strong roasted malt character, no campfire or charred wood, nor ash. Well, I will say as it warms it develops those charred wood and ashy characters a bit more, but its still very IPA dominant. Fairly smooth, body and mouthfeel are moderate. Drinks real easy, seems very clean. One thing I like about this is the lack of cow pasture. Thats the one feature from most of these Black IPAs that I cannot stand. This one finishes like a slightly toasty IPA. Simple, straight forward, and very enjoyable. Wouldn’t believe it to be a Cascadian Dark Ale unless I saw it. I liked this one more than I thought I would. Braudog (6852) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Big, muddy red-tinged pour, the head thin but standing tan head. The beer delivers a warming blend of wintery flavors ... a bit spicy, a bit of molasses, a bit of woody hops. Interesting that this is a spring seasonal, it’s fitting my cold day of football quite nicely. (#5406, 1/5/2013) dmac (6502) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2012
22 oz bomber shared by Dean. Poured a dark blackish/brown with a chocolate milk style foamy head. Aroma shows some age, molasses and caramel reminscent of an older barleywine, along with some light citrus rind, touch of Tootsie Roll and pineapple. LIghter body, slightly watery with stronger carbonation and a dry finish that leaves an almost coating mouthfeel on the end. Flavor of chocolate, dark toast, older citrus rind, touch of pineapple juice. Drinkable but would be better fresh. dwyerpg (6454) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 7, 2014
I really like this one too. A good hop flavor and a body that is just the right amount of roast. Really quite nice. reebtogi (6403) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
650ml bottle pours almost black in color with 2 fingers of off-white head that settles down to some thin spots of lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate with some citrus. Taste is roasty malt bitterness with some sweetness from the chocolate and caramel malts finishing with a citrus and woody hop bitterness that lingers. Medium bodied with some nice carbonation leaving nice sensations on the palate. A really well done beer in this style.
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2011
Nose is interesting for a CDA. Very tropical and fruity with not much roast or patent malt notes. Nice and fruity, grapefruit, tropical fruit, some dank, and some floral notes as well. Pours dark brown, tan head. The flavor is fruity up front with light sweetness, grapefruit, floral notes, light dryness as roast peaks through a bit here and there. I really liked it and thought it was a solid offering and somewhat unique as well. TheBeerGod (6263) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle. Black bodied with a medium foamy tan head. Aroma is strong pine notes, roasted malt, floral hops and citrus. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate covered oranges, pine resins and floral hops. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation and a lingering hop bitterness. Ends with more pine notes, citrus oils, roasted malt, burnt caramel and floral hops. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
In short: A nice dark IPA (not quite a Black IPA) with green/herbal hops profile. Superior example of the style superspak (6100) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2012
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed very fresh a little over one month after the first rating.
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a medium beige head
In long: The hoppy (but not so hoppy) nose is very green and herbal with some citrus fruits. Taste starts with a nice semi-sweet and slightly nutty toasted malt backbone that reminded me of fresh brownies. A bit lactic with milk chocolate notes. Bitterness intensity is only medium but it is very herbal and very green with notes grapefruits. There seems to be a lot of alpha acid in there but somehow the beer is rather smooth. Nice malt-hops harmony. I could drink a lot of this beer despite the Surgeon General warnings on the bottle but I pay as much attention to it as I do to the recommended serving size printed on my extra-jumbo bag of potato chips.
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in March 2012. Pours a fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, biscuit, nuttiness, cocoa, orange, herbal, and floral. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, roasted malt, pine, orange zest, herbal, floral, biscuit, char, grass, nuttiness, and cocoa. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, roasted malt, pine, biscuit, char, herbal, and grass on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of all flavors; with very balanced roasted/hop flavors which I really like. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an very excellent Black IPA. Great balance and complexity of flavors; very good malt balance and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering. hayduke (5703) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Pours a very dark brown with a big tan head and a lot of lacing. Nose of citrus and flowers. Full body and a smooth cream mouthfeel. The flavor is roasted malts with chocolate, and and long hop finish with bitterness. A really well crafted Black IPA.