Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rating 102. Super dark red/black pour with a brown head with some moderate lacing. Light roast with a nice piney hop aroma. Nice balanced flavor, light sweetness, coffee roastiness and a little hop bite, good stuff. (1585)
drjay44 (2866) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
651 ml. bottle. 7.7% ABV per the label. Pours a medium thick, well retained, light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear brown (SRM 25) body......nose is pine, resin, citrus peel, light cocoa, no esters, balance to the hops......taste is pine, resin, grapefruit peel, licorice, pineapple, all from the hops, light cocoa, very light chocolate, wisps of coffee,from the malts, no esters, balance to the hops, with a moderate bitter finish.....mouth feel, medium body, slightly sticky, slight alcohol warmth carbonation makes moderate creaminess. This is a pleasant easy drinking Black I/DIPA. It is light on the roasted malt side with minimal coffee, light chocolate from the malts, with the result being too hop dominated. It could use more dark roasted malts to better meet this delightful style. BJCP 6/3/13/4/6
jake65 (2851) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the co-op. A dark brown pour, as expected, with a thick creamy tan head. Heavy roast in the nose along with citrus and pine. The roast is sharp and defined in the taste... pine and citrus ride along to keep the edges smooth. Still the hops to roast flavors get a little separated. Only a minor detriment. There is a faint off flavor that I canít pinpoint, but associate with chalk and alcohol. Overall a good CDA.
tmoreau (2799) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, a light tan layer of head froth, with a combination of foamy & leggy spots on the glass. The nose was roasted, with a hint of mint chocolate chip? Medium to full in body, the taste added some complementary alcohol presence, and a roasted, almost charred, and earthy bitterness that continued itís astringency into the finish. Tasty balance of dark roast and hop.
IndianaRed (2738) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Front Door in Boise ID. Black, duh. with a thin dense an head. Subdued hop aroma for an IPA. Rich sweet and itís of candy licorice and spices. Modest hop flavors would be a generous appraisal. Soft smooth feel and soft carbonation A strange but pleasent black beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2604) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish black. Nice hoppy nose, peppery with plenty of grapefruit. Similar flavor hop profile with a solid bitter finish rounded out with hints of chocolate and roast. Nice.
jazz88 (2585) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A dark brown color with a lush tan head. A sweet chocolate and dark fruit aroma with a strong malty finish. The hops are subordinate in this as the imperial porter flavors and aroma take charge.
Bulk_Carrier (2536) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stamped in white at bottom right corner, says "040515", itís a best by stamp, no worries.
This was poured into a snifter because itís considered an imperial black ale.
The appearance was a pure black color with a soft off white to tan filmy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing clung and slid adequately. The smell started off extremely piney and sharp in a bitter citrus department. As it warmed, a light sweet bitter and somewhat dark chocolate malt entered in lightly.
The taste was bittersweet - tried and true - all the way, nice sweet to bitter dark chocolate over top of a combined pine/citrus. Nice sweet and bitter chocolate to citrus aftertaste leading to a semi-dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was actually somewhat subdued, somewhat smooth.
Overall, honestly, this was a pretty good black ipa. Iíd definitely have it again.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 12/16/10, from a bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil. Pours nearly black brown with an average tan head that leaves a nice lace collar. The nose is very dark roasted malt with a hint of sweetness and lightly bitter hops. The flavor is similar with molasses, dark malt, and resin hops bitterness takes over. The body is medium with average carbonation abs a long roasted and bitter finish.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with dark brown edges and a big creamy light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, citrus, floral and piney hops. taste has good balance of sweet malt and hop and burnt malt bitterness. Creamy texture, soft carbonation, some dark fruit sweetness on the finish followed by a longer coffee/pine bitterness.