robforbes (2266) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2012
pours a dark brown with a red tint, a medium size tan head, and some lacing.
smell is of citrus, hops, a touch of pine, and a malt back.
taste is tangy, hops, citrus, and some pine. ends on the bitter side. rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2012
bottle. near black with one finger head. substantial roasted malt is the core of this beer. hops are on the mild side, but not lacking. well executed. phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! Pours a dark cola brown with a small beige head. Aroma of citrusy hops, roasted malts, chocolate, pine resin, and dark fruits. Flavor of grapefruit, pine resin, roasted malts, chocolate, and nuts. Light-medium bodied, with a citrusy, toasty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Good BIPA. BeerandBlues2 (13813) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear black with an average, frothy tan head, medium-short retention with good lacing. Aroma is resin, pine, and grapefruit hops, roast and chocolate malt, plums, raisins, and figs. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, supporting lightly roasted malt, dark fruity esters, peppery alcohol and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. Brewticular (87) - - AUG 12, 2012
I am a huge fan of the Black IPA. This is another good Black IPA but I would like a little more mouthfeel, specifically with the carbonation. I hope to see many more of these in the future, keep up the good work.
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2012
A three-way vertical between Lakefront IBA (India-Style Black Ale), Three Heads Skunk Black IPA, and Hoppin Frog Hop Heathen Imperial Black Ale. Travlr (26070) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle and served in one of my numerous Duvel snifters: Appearance: All three have basically the same color, very deep brown nearly opaque. The difference is head retention with the Three Heads maintaining a fluffy head and producing the best lacework (5). The Lakefront had a slight better head and spotty lace (3) versus the Hop Hopping Frog which left almost no lace on the glassware (2).
The nose: Resiny, bile, oniony hops with some pale chocolate and roast for the Lakefront. Juicy, grassy, piney and a tad faint hop with a dusty roasted malt note for the Skunk. The Hop Heathen is most unique for sure with a grapefruity, piney and smoky earthy malt vapour. Almost meaty and oh so earthy. I love the aroma of the Hopping Frog (9), while the Three Heads is tame and weak but not offensive (7) and the Lakefront has the oniony, garlic, and catty overtones I do not care much for (5).
The taste profiles: We start with the Hop Heathen this time and I get quite a bit of heavy resin, pine sap, and some of the catty high alpha notes that were much more noticeable on the aroma of the Lakefront. There is a nice roasted and slight smoked, leathery, tobacco, liquorice undertones as well for the Hoppin Frog. It is complex for the genre, perhaps too much so. (7). The Skunk has more a basic fruity, piney, and cardboardy taste. Much like the aroma this beer is tame and weak compared to the other two. Even the finish is far too short (5). The Lakefront has a nice bitterness but is still not quite as aggressive as I would like, a bit too malty (but not sweet). Coffee and earth are pronounced with this beer. (6)
Mouth feel/Palate: Start with the Three Heads Shunk this time: Lively enough, too much (which explains the lasting head), over carbonated, thin, ashy, short. Not all that good (2) The HFHHIBA (haha) is aggressive, biting, a tad boozy, and a tad medicinal. This one suffers from being the one that is a tad under-carbonated. (3). Then there is the Lakefront IBA which a bit thin and a bit over carbonated as well. There is a minerally and metallic quality about this I found a bit off-putting (2). Wow, NONE OF THESE are clean nor properly carbonated, either over or under. All have major flaws on the palate IMO. <insert sad face emotion here>:
Final Verdict: None of the beers are something I would buy again. Each failed to meet expectations. Each are classic examples of when a brewer attempts the "next big thing" without a clue on what they are doing. (Remind me not to but a Berliner Weiss from any of these three breweries.). Off to find a good beer and dump the remainder of these bomber, such a waste of my time and monies.
Bottle. Almost completely black, beige head, nice lacing. Aroma of fresh pine and coffee. Taste is pine needles covered with dark chocolate and dipped in espresso. Tasty. Dorwart (2609) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Nice 1 inch thick head of fine, malted milkball colored foam. Rather mild aroma with some light chocolate malts, floral perfumy hops, roasted grains and a bit of anise. Color is a very dark brown almost black. Moderate hops presence in the flavor with more dark roasted grains, bittersweet dark chocolate and a bit of dry chalky carbon late. Alcohol is not noticable. Finishes dry and a bit chalky with lingering burnt toast and anise. Patrickctenchi (6731) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Pours nearly black , bubbly with a thich, dark tan head.
Scent is licorice and hops.
Taste is dark fruit, cola, caramel sweetness.
Pretty good. sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Pours dark brown with mahogany hues around the edges of the glass and a thick khaki head. The aroma is hoppy and malty. While pouring the beer my nose was hit by roasted grains and dark fruits. This is backed up by pine and citrus hops. The taste has a nice hop presence, a good amount of bitterness, balanced out with a sweet malty backbone. Medium to full bodied. Silky smooth finish.