BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thrilled to find this in Ohio; further thrilled that it is in cans! For some reason craft beer in the Columbus area seems old or abused by the time it makes its way into my hands. I had recently made a Black IPA of my own, and had heard a lot about this and wanted to see how my mine stacked up.
And they are quite different! This beer differs from other IPAs in more ways than just color. It is (of course) dark and nearly opaque, but the dark color betrays a ton of dark roast chocolate-y aroma and flavor. It is far more chocolate-y and deeply malty-sweet (like a malted milkball) than my beer turned out. This chocolate and maltiness was balanced out by a slammin’ amount of citrus-y hop character. The beer is plenty hoppy, but I’d say it is skewed more towards the chocolate/malt end of the spectrum than the hoppy side of things.
Mouthfeel is pretty good...a touch thick and chalky feeling. Until I can make another BIPA, I’d buy this again.
I bought this 6-pack at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus, OH.
flyandrew661 (6) - USA - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent well rounded brew. Smooth, easy to drink. Cud b a little more hop forward in taste for my opinion. Roasted malty flavor with hop hints and a chocolatey bitter finish
ikigai (33) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok but can was from 7/3/13 and I drank it 3/2014 so probably not at its best. Dark coffee some hops and a little bitter aftertaste. Smelled a little skunky.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BMMillsy (1098) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can poured to tall glass at Mustard's in Napa Valley. Noticed the beer was canned on May 20, 2013 and I had it March 5, 2014. Nice restaurants really need to start figuring this beer things out, not really acceptable for an IPA, black or not. Anyway, pours dark brown to black with a little purple hue, small off white head. Smells like lemon pinesol and some sweet chocolate in the background. The flavor follows the aroma rather closely, with much more malt sweetness. Chocolate, lemon, pine, old hops I guess. Medium mouthfeel, a bit creamy, with medium level carbonation. Would like to try fresh but as is it wasn't bad. With that said, plenty of better things to reach for.
LetsGoState (561) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance is a medium brown head with a deep brown color. Aroma is on the sweeter side. Taste is a nice blend of roasted malts and bitter hops. Overall nicely balanced.
reberiii (243) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black IPA, true to the burgeoning style. Not to thick, not too thin, decent hop character, but could use more. Mild chocolate middle with a slight coffee, mostly hop bitter finish.
jbruner (1885) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a translucent brownish black from the can with dissipating off-white head. Aroma is hop forward, piney resins, hint of roast dark malt. Taste follows, less hoppy and more malty, nice balance. Standard black IPA, but nothing crazy.
Jay_Dubbz (53) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from 12oz can @ lucky strike philly. A decent take on a style blend. A little bit off of what i was hoping for.
--you've been Dubbed.
wheresyourball (416) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in Sacramento. Pours clear dark brown with a fluffy beige head. Nose is pine, roast, malt, chocolate. Flavor is chocolate with some piney bitterness and ash. Medium body, nice mouthfeel.
ziel (69) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
The dark roasted malts smell and taste good. They balance out the hops quite nicely.
Borresteijn (4333) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
35cl Can at Beer Temple. Dark brown to black colour, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, liquorice, laurel, moccha, some mellow hops. Flavour is medium-sweet, malty, roasted malts, moccha, caramel, liquorice, laurel, soft grapefruit and citrus, some pine, nice bitter finish. Mellow BIPA, and a nice one. Light to medium-bodied.