gregwilsonstl (950) - Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black. Thick foam. Rich, roasted, almost burnt flavor. Quite bitter at first, but smooths out quickly. Not a palate wrecker at all, but helps me get a hop fix in. Thanks Erin.
sherm1016 (1055) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Ike’s in downtown Minneapolis. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a light tan head and some lacing. Aroma is hoppy, some orange, some pine. Medium on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is bitter, hoppy, pine, roasted malt, some malty sweetness, coffee, a little nutty, with a bitter pine finish.
ClarkVV (3860) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Numerous fresh cans, drunk 2010-2012
Very frothy head, as per the 21st amendment can-line. Recedes slowly to cover with a very highly clear liquid. Beige head tops a dark, but not jet black, body.
Bittersweet chocolate is intersparsed with juicy, wintergreen and piney hops. Dries out considerably on the finish, a further mix of crusty roast and hop resin. Light touches of vanilla dot the aroma, which is of medium to medium high strength. A bit brash, with both elements (dark malts and acidic hops) combining to outdo the other and leaving it a bit muddled. No booziness or flaws noted.
Like a very hoppy porter, in the flavor (which is basically what this "style" is). I find this one tends a little farther towards the dark side of the spectrum, being full of chewy roast, burnt caramel and medium-sweet, chocolatey malts. Not to say it’s not hoppy, as it’s quite full of the same piney, resinous hoppiness felt from the nose. Hops seem outdone, in the end, by the roastiness. A bit harsh, thanks to the bitterness coming at you from both angles. These beers are tough to balance and this is no exception. A little overdone on the hop acidity. Tough to consider drinking more than one of these due to the palate fatigue. Medium body, touch of wateriness, moderate carbonation and somewhat slick mouthfeel.
trapped (603) - TURKEY - JAN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can at International Great Beer Expo (Meadowlands). Reddish brown, spongy beige head, strong hops aroma, surprisingly balanced hoppy taste, longish smooth finish. Nice brew.
kbudd19 (392) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a can Woot Woot! Dark black pour, light white head. Aroma - hops, coffee, roasted malts. Taste - nice roast blended seamlessly with some bitter hops, finishes semi bitter and leaves a coffee aftertaste. A real nice balance of the two styles, nice brew.
woodychevy (258) - - JAN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall good- pretty mellow to be called an IPA but I suppose in-yo-face hops are not exactly a requirement. Nice mouthfeel- pretty light for a dark beers. Pours an awesome jet black with a huge head- guess there is something to be said for freshness in a can. Balanced with nice sweet notes and a smooth finish. Very drinkable. Would have had another.
cards04 (1456) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great black IPA. Pours a deep chestnut brown.. Almost black. Great tan head with sticky lacing. Aroma are coffee at first followed by rank hops and a new clothes type smell... Weird I know... But awesome. Great bitter coffee and citrus flavors.
Maxbier (76) - Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of floral hops. Flavor is dominated by piney hoppy bitterness. Yes it's bitter, the overall experience is a piney hops. Malt flavor shows up in the end and provides a nicely balanced finish.
northropfrye (1945) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark body brown head with nice lacing. Fruit and herbal and citrus aroma.Roasty malts, dried fruit, hoppy taste, a touch of booze. Pretty nice black IPA.
mike67 (733) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can. Pours brown with fluffy, beige, never ending head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, toasted malt and some dark fruit. Body is full and tangy. Taste is of citrusy hops, toffee, coffee, vanilla and dark fruit. Finish is medium and not too hoppy. I was not a fan of the style, but after this brew I might start liking it.