Cybercat (5954) - Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Strong, hoppy aroma has a firm evergreen overtone and hints of unsweet chocolate and molasses. It pours a luscious, opaque dark-chocolate brown with a fluffy, fine-bubbled and rather persistent light tan head. Hoppy flavor has tones of evergreen, chocolate, coffee and molasses. Full-bodied texture is quite fizzy and lively, making for an excellent Cascadian Black Ale. TheJackalope (30) - Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Dark chocolaty head sits atop a deep black brew with so many flavors it explodes on the tongue. I found this bottle in a shop in June ’12. Deep flavors of chocolate and smooth high gravity. Wonderful showing. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
22oz bottle, orange skeleton label, w/ "boner". Black pour, light brown head. Heavy hop aroma. Leather, resin, citrus, and pine are all there; double dry hopping in obvious. Tastes of an American IPA. Sweet malt, heavy hop bitterness counters the sweet malt. Finishes with an obvious wooded hop character. After the hop bite starts to settle on the palate, which takes a while, I found the roasted grain and coffee flavors of the Black. One of the best Dank Tank offerings so far. elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2011
My 3131st Rating,
22oz bottle, fresh release. Served at around 45F.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Pours very dark brown with a good-sized creamy brown head that holds a great cap and leaves some clumpy rings of lacing.
Aroma is quite hoppy with pine and citrus notes, some dark bread and caramel, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Very good strength.
Flavor is a nice blend of hops and malts, some hops at the front quickly moving to caramel, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and roasted malts in the middle which offer a bit of sweetness and then finishes with great hop bitterness of citrus and pine. Some alcohol but well integrated for 8.5%. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, good carbonation.
Another fantastic Black IPA from Sweetwater coming after the excellent Browneyed Buckeye. While Browneyed was brash and a bit crazy, particularly in the aroma, this one is balanced a bit better...both are great, really couldn’t pick a favorite. A lot of similarities between the two, that’s for sure.
Originally reviewed: 10/29/11. Stopped by City Bev for some Sprecher Oktoberfest, and saw they had this new one on tap. Yes, please!
Served in a Duvel chalice. Deep dark pour with a thick finger-width head of ivory foam. Retained well, and left spotty lace behind. Big hoppy nose right away, but the more I sip this one, the more roasted it becomes. Good hefty body supports the ABV well. Carbonation presence moderate. A nice bittering piney flavor starts this one out, but it is well balanced by a semi-sweet roasted chocolate flavor. The finish is smooth with hints of baker’s chocolate. Just enough hops on the back end to keep me pleased. Very nice beer. Excellent representation of the style.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
What a great beer. It has a dark black color with a medium-brown colored head. Its aroma is so great… even from a foot away. It smells like a barley wine, strong, hoppy and sweet… simply gorgeous. Its mouth feel is easy, almost syrupy at times, with hops and alcohol dominating. Its roasted character only shows in the finish and doesn’t muddle up the tastiness of the beer. This is an awesome, delightful beer. Travlr (25486) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle. Black. Brown head. Good retention. Solid lacing. Aroma of celery salt and kitchen sink. Taste is is boozy chocolate syrup and leftover vegetables. Unique stuff. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2011
bomber on 10/8/11. light black pour with a 1 finger tan head. citrus hop nose with pine and floral notes. medium to full body with lots of citrus bitterness, chocolate, light coffee and roasted malts. big roasted finish with lingering piney and citrus hops. lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Growler from CBX. Very dark body with a head that leaves very nice lacing. Amazing floral aroma. very resinous mouthfeel that kinda dominates any roastiness you would expect. Nice typical bitter IPA finish where some of the roatiness presents itself. Very good beer Gachupines (1252) - USA - NOV 5, 2011
Black with a tan head. Aroma is slight chocolate malt. Flavor is big roasted malt in the front end, back end is dominated by citrus hops. Aftertaste is a little bitter, but not in an unpleasant way. Really good black IPA.