Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with creamy brown foam. Smells surprisingly like a barleywine with malts, hops and alcohol all blending together. Tastes very bitter, like an imperial IPA should, but doesn’t finish with the citrusy notes that hops often excrete, but the bitterness combines with the coffee aromas that the malts give. One of the best black IPAs I’ve had.
dlbeer (846) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of dark malts and hops. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and hops. Good hop flavor
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robertjm (779) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a tan rocky head which looks like a stout, rather than an IPA. Black body with some carbonation coating the glass. However, there’s no question that this is an IPA once you get a whiff of the aroma. Nice Left Coast hop bouquet on the pine and citrus side. Wouldn’t surprise me to find out they did a bit of dry-hopping to achieve this. Flavor is also a jekyl and Hyde experience. At first touch very clearly a strong hop character, but that’s quickly taken over by roasted and burnt malts, leaving little hops on the palate. Bitter malts linger quite long in the aftertaste. Light mouthfeel as would be found in an IPA. As for it being an imperial IPA? Perhaps in alcohol level, but I’ve had some IIPA that will slap you silly with hops. This isn’t one of them. Still was a good one to try. Hopefully, they add it to their revolving profiles.
thetmaxx (760) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into my Alaskan shaker glass from a 22oz. bottle. Pours really deep brown with a reddish greenish hue. Head is light brown, and thin. Aroma is very complex, starting with earthy hops. I also note dried fruit flavor, like raisins maybe. Flavor comes right out with chocolate and roasted flavors. Also pretty bitter from the hops, and no alcohol flavors come through like other high alcohol beers. Good mouth feel, full bodied with lively carbonation and finishes dry. Overall a delicious combination of chocolate and bitter!! Really enjoy this beer!
MikeJslc (759) - USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper to brown, clear, tan head. Flavor: toffee, burnt sugar, piney hops are subsiding on this 2009 bottle consumed in 2008. Flavor: toffee, leather, nutty notes and toast, balancing bitterness, hop flavor has diminished on this 3 year old bottle.
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highibus (740) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep balck with cocoa colored head. Nice aroma but dominated by alcohol. Would like some more hop aroma. Flabor though is great. Hoppy with good body. Nice finish too. Nice balck ipa.
beerbastard (736) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its Black. The hops beat the malt out in the nose, piney. Very roasty and hoppy with an burn coffee taste. Finish with a black malt bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pilot Series labeled bomber at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. Dark brown pour supporting a medium tan head with plenty of retention and very good lacing. Strong aroma of roasted coffee, pine resin and bittersweet chocolate. Starts out like a straightforward IPA with herbal hops, citrus, and bready malt followed strongly and quickly by coffee, caramel and smoke. Smooth texture and medium dry finish that ends as it starts with a brisk hoppy note. Glad I found this brew and extremely glad I found Papago Brewing.
HIGHB4LL (713) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Forge. Appearance: finger sticky tan head, black color, opaque, good lacing. Aroma: pine, caramel, earthy malt, light floral. Palate: average carbonation, medium heavy body, bitter finish, creamy, light sticky texture. Taste: sweet chocolate malt, into a nice pine and growing floral hoppiness that complements malts very well. Overall, very good balance, very nice beer.
bookman10 (682) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, cola-black, with mid-sized, foamy, lasting head. Aroma of roasted grain, hops, citrus, coffee. Flavor is very appealing, a blend of hop bitterness, roasted coffee, chocolate, some citrus fruit, and a very smooth sweetness underlying things. This is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite styles, and I think this is one of the best black IPAs I’ve tried.