CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle: pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a lightly sweet toasted dark malty nose with some fresh tart grapefruity notes. Starts with decent fullness and light biscuity sweetness with some mild roast and bittersweet citrusy hop bite before a drier, semi-tart finish. Could be a little less tart, but isn’t too far off style.
dlovell2 (1969) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Roosters Sourthern Kitchen. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt with citrus and earthy pine hops. Flavor is citrus and light tropical fruit followed by roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate. Finishes with grapefruit and bitter, earthy pine.
Maverick34 (3132) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured black with foam. Very well done, piney hops blending into deep malts.
argo0 (13765) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Medium beige head atop cola body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some roast, grapefruit/earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some roast, caramel, light coffee. Medium body, light acidity, stickiness, effervescence.
tsd08460 (993) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: floral, citrus, grass,
Appearance: dark amber-brown, tan head
Taste: light sweetness, medium bitterness, roasty
Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
hershiser2 (2605) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a frothy beige head.
Smells of citrus hops. Taste is citrus, pine, a hint of roasted malt. Not terribly flavorful, but decent. Light floral notes finish this off.
GenDV138 (6706) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Dark brownish black with beige head. Aromas of licorice, rye, pine, light chocolate. Tastes of roast, rye, spices, floral, pine. Medium body with a dry finish. Pretty good black IPA.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from trio. Pours soda brown with a ice cream float head. The aroma has a lot of spicy hops, roasted malt, a touch of coffee. The taste has a medium bitterness, plenty is roasted malt, spicy and herbal hops and a touch of citrus.
solidfunk (8312) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light roast and citrus. Pours black with good head. Some peel astringency in finish. Doesn’t hang together super well. Bottle.
PorterPounder (7685) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Newport News, Va - 2nd Street American Bistro - 12 oz. bottle. Deep dark as coal pour with a thick sticky mocha colored head. Aroma has some eggy accents, a brief touch of spruce. Flavor is full bodied and delicious. Nice bittersweet citrusy accents, a touch of licorice, some minty rye accents, some nuttiness. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Very decent - will look for more from this brewer while in the area.
jgb9348 (5989) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a lighter cola glow at the bottom, all with a soapy-ish two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bunches of grassy and herbal hops, some soap/cleanser and a bit of lactose and cream in the mix as well. Medium-bodied; Very assertive and nice roasty malt flavour at first that gives way to a touch of coffee, but followed well by some smooth hop bitterness and a more obtuse bitterness at the end with hints of chocolate. Aftertaste is well-rounded with a good balance of malts and hops, some smooth sweetness and a bit of a bitter flavour more from the roasted malt than the hops, but still showing well for the style. Overall, a surprisingly nice Black IPA that shows pretty much what the style should taste like, but without a ton of complexities - still a good beer to sample if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from The Wine Rack (Exxon Gas Station) in Olney, Virginia on 06-March-2015 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for US$1,50 sampled at home in Washington on 12-June-2015.