hopdog (8952) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Poured a deep brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of pine, roasty, toasty, and chocolate. Tastes of pine, chocolate, and caramel. Tastes a tad on the thin side.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap - dark brown pour, citrusy hops. dark roasted caramel malts. touch of piney bitterness. As far as black IPAs go... this one is fairly nondescript.
drowland (6061) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/10/10. 12oz can - thanks, Matt! Black pour, more brown/dark amber when held to the light, with a big fluffy khaki head that lasts and laces a ton. The aroma is fresh citrus hops with a spicy kick and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is more on the porter side with chocolates, a hint of sour, and a dash of metal. A little disappointing compared to the aroma, but not bad!
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Can poured almost black. Smells of licorice, hopps, dark malts and a little chocolate. Very Suprising not smokey or toasty at all and not too dark. Very balanced for a dark beer. Great full body with a tan frothy head. Great Beer
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On pour this is a dark brown beer with a light khaki color on head and a decent initial lace that cleaned up as time passed. As soon as you crack the can there is noticeable hop aromas but once in the glass there is a more malt, roasted notes, sweet honey, and a hint of caramel. This is a balanced, mouth coating beer that has plenty of upfront malt flavors and a faded hop for balance. This finish is of melted butter consistency.
MartinT (7859) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line:
Tropical fruit and roasted malts develop plenty of aroma and flavor but unfortunately clash in this Black IPA’s beautifully soft mouthfeel, creating tart grape juice impressions.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-rimmed darkness.
-Although well develepod, the citrusy hop bill (+ lychees, mangos, etc.) is not really harmonious with the roastiness, imho.
-The finish of roasted malt bitterness and hoppy resins is well balanced, but somewhat bothered by those grape juice allusions.
-I prefer their regular IPA (with a very similar hop profile) by far.
KyotoLefty (6498) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
can. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, citrus hops, iron. Reddish dark brown with a fine lace. Flavors fo wood, minerals, licorice, dirty hops. Dry and bitter, with not a whole lot going on. Metallic and refreshing. Ok.
mar (4856) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
can thanks to bu11zeye. poured a deep chocolate brown with a cream head. nose is fresh piney hops, slightly roasted, and chocolate. nice palate, flavor is hoppy, chocolate, slightly roasted finish.
mcberko (6560) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. can, pours black with a sizeable beige/tan head. Aroma is a great balance of roasted malts and hops, with the hops winning - secondary scents of leather and licorice. Flavour begins like a porter and ends like an IPA - roasted malt upfront, with a citrusy hop bite in back and that leather / rubbery flavour as well. Not bad.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 At first I wasn’t awed but that black licoriche blanket running thorugh this brew keeps bringing me back for more sips. It has a woody mahogany tint to it with some ash, bitter citrus which also fills the aroma and a nice medium-dry finish. Good body and nice flavor.