cfrancis (3446) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2011
Thanks to a great BIF. This really didn’t fit my expectations, but it still blew my mind. Pours a pitch black with a dark brown head that quickly disappears. Aroma is intense roasted and chocolate malts with floral hops. Taste is deep and rich roasted malts and dark chocolates. A floral bitter finish is quite nice. Great beer. burg326 (5482) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
22 ounce bottle shared by markwise, that poured a light black/brown color. Aromas of some smoke, chocolate malt, grass, and hops. Flavors follow the aroma with some sweet malt. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Thanks to Summer Secret Santa 2011 for this one. Pours a dark brown with off-white head. Nose is malt, grass, some hops, and a medicinal maple quality. Flavor is more like a scotch ale than a black IPA. I get sweet malt, some grassy almost piney hops, followed by more sweet malt. I held this bottle for almost 3 months, I don’t know if that is too long and the hops faded or what, but this one tasted more like a scotch ale. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2011
bottle at Max & Jess’s - Dark brown and hazy pour with thin beige head. Aroma is a touch of butter, smokey, chocolate, touch of tobacco and huge butter and finish of astringency & charcoal. Tasty dryness. anders37 (26625) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter aroma with hints of pine needles. Roasted malty chocolate hoppy bitter flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy chocolate finish.
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle/22oz - Pours a very dark and pretty opaque black/brown in color. Little head (light tan) and low carbonation. Aroma is medium of dark roasted malts and surprisingly light on the hops... some pine resin present though. Flavor is quite a bit more hoppy with lots of pine and fairly bitter too... the roasted malts definitely take a back seat to the hops in the flavor profile. Finish is quite lingering and also quite bitter. I really like the hops and bitterness, but the beer is not well balanced... at all... ChristianBlack (25) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2011
From notes. Bottle:
Black appearance certainly looks the part. More roasted and chocolate notes than I expected. Not a bad thing. Decent taste. Just missing hop character.
Well carbonated but just missing that all important ingredient hops! bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Pours blacks just a touch white head. Grapefruit, dark roasted malts and pine. Taste chocolate, cream, grapefruit, lemon and pine. Mouthfeel is thick and finish is bitter grapefruit. unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a very thin head and aromas of brown sugar, peat, a little bit of resin. Flavor has quite a bit of dark malt sweetness-- chocolate, brown sugar, peat-like smokiness, a bit of resiny hops and a nice chocolate aftertaste Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
In short: An overly roasted (read ‘totally burnt’) astringent black ipa. Just ok.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh, early 2011 release batch.
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head that doesn’t leave a lot of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is of burnt cake, baked fruits and burnt grass. Not smoky, just really burnt ground coffee, grassy hops, cocoa powder, burnt toasts, chalk, vegetal notes, powder milk. Finish is dry and powdery. The beer was very astringent and with each sip it sucked all the saliva, you’ll need a pint of water to drink a bomber of this beer. The powdery sensation was like taking a table spoon of flour or dry yeast with each sip. No alcohol presence at all. Despite its flaws I was able to drink my bomber with no efforts by alternating between the beer and a pint of water. This is a decent beer, but below average for the style imho. I was all crazy about Black IPAs when the style first got popular but lately I’ve been disappointed by many of them. I’m not giving up on the style yet because I’m sure there are some good ones out there, I’m not one throw the baby out with the bathwater. I would personally throw it out with the regular garbage, well hidden at the bottom of the bag.