Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Seattle Caskfest. Black pour, beige head. Aroma is spicey, earthy, and roasty. Roasty coffee flavors, earthiness, soft chocolate, lots of spicy yeast character, leafy grassy hoppiness with an herbal rosemary hint. Surprisingly harmonious and tasty.
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Fiddlers. Smoky, chocolate caramel. Cocoa and a belgian yeast thing going on. Somewhat too sweet, curious for a DIPA. Alcohol is a bit forward in the palate.
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with lasting tan foam; nice lacing. Chocolate malt powder, vanilla bean, earthy hoppage aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Rich, semi sweet chocolate flavors with earthy black malts(dirt), and spicy hops- very good.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black ipa? sure its black in the glass but has a bubblegum nose. different. dark and roasty body, bubblegum middle, piney hops in the finish, though I would call it a belgian stout
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is phenolic with bubble gum, clove, and some alcohol. Patent malts, roast, light darker malt sweetness and some earth. Nice dark brown pour, hazy, creamy head. Bubblegum, roast, patent, clove, earth. Sweet yeasty finish with some dryness as well. Nice carbonation, body. Light alcohol. Earthy bitterness late. Interesting. Not much black ipa.
bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler, thanks scrizzz. Dark brownish black with big tan head that leaves lacing. Not much in the way of hops...sweet alcoholic bubblegum an phenols, rum raisins and light roasty malt. Sweet, bubblegum, raisin, licorice, light roast...quite Belgian like in character.
3fourths (9320) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft. deep brown body with burgundy edges and a cocoa powder head. musty cheesecloth and pine resin hops collide with medium-heavy roast and black patent astringency. medium body with some caramel malt chewiness and sweetness. decent beer but overly phenolic and dirty (white pepper and cheese).
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers... The Trip VII is very notable in this series for me. A lot have been hit or miss, but I dug this one a lot. Poured black with a thick, off-white head. Imagine the regular Belgo IPA New Belgium did, with tones of roast, cocoa, and a chalky mouthfeel. Still some of that bubblegum Belgian yeast flavor and with a nice citrus hop present. I would get a pour of this again for sure if I saw on tap another time.
troopie (2311) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely delicious and worth the price paid. Poured black with off white head. Lekker hop aroma, almost like an IPA, but not quite so hoppy. Full bodied roasty and toasty flavour with a lekker hop edge. Finish that lasts forever, an hour later and I’m still enjoying it.