TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a thin head that dissipates too quickly. Aroma led by coffee, other malt notes, and a touch of hops - pretty nice. The flavor starts out with fruit notes (mostly apple), which gives rise to malts (coffee, toasted notes), and the finish is driven by citrus and pine hops. Fairly light on the palate, while still complex. Not a typical black IPA, but pretty good - it manages to avoid being out of balance, which seems to be such a common black IPA pitfall.
markas101 (2270) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Ann Arbor, MI via Plum Market. Jet black. Tan head. Root beer and resin aroma. Some charcoal. Thick, sweet, bright spruce and heavy malt finish.
TThumper89 (27) - Otsego, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Arcadia 02/03/16 - B-Craft delivers a complex bundle of flavors with citrus-hop aroma. Moving beyond the massive hop aroma, rich roasted malt flavors of coffee and chocolate move forward only to be checked by an impressive hop bitterness.
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ebone1988 (1256) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20, out of Dumpster Day box #1. Aroma is roasted malt, pine, bready. Appearance is dark brown, light tan head. Taste is lots of malt, roast, smoke, very light hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium body and light carbonation. Overall, Iíd say this is a slightly hoppy porter rather than a Black IPA.
svandyke (168) - USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle- Pours dark, but still see-through. Not much hop smell, but that sweet cereal is there. A really good combination of tastes- a fair amount of sweetness with a pleasant bitter finish.
monk191 (1706) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice black IPA overall. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smells of smoked ham, vanilla and some hops. Taste is similar, well balanced, a bit of smokiness and some hops and herbs. Had in the bottle.
chucklemation (1305) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black with a thick, long-lasting white foam head. Aroma is citrus, pine, and grapefruit hops, and chocolate and caramel malts. Flavor is citrus and pine hops, and chocolate and resin. The malts mute the bitterness somewhat. Very good.
slowrunner77 (9606) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
not seeing the % here. a standard across the board black ipa. The balance comes off a little muddled. dark roast and bitterness, yes. The hops are outshined. Nothing unpleasant at all, but not very interesting either.
Frank (3952) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
This comes off as more of a hoppy porter than a black IPA not that there is a huge difference between these two styles. Itís a lovely beer with a dark brown color and rich, long lasting head and lace in rings but, sadly, that is the only thing exceptionally good about it. I am getting chocolate and roast coffee up front in the nose w/ some floral and citrus hop tones around the edges. The taste is harshly bitter and ashy which goes a long way to cover up what is actually a really nice, creamy texture to it. There is really something rather off and metallic about this while it does have some very good qualities, it is also kind of unpleasant to actually drink. This makes for a below average beer in my opinion.
marcus (8894) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2015 Bottle from Lockeís Party Shoppe. Pours black with a modest beige head and a citrus aroma. There is a hearty treacle and citrus flavor with a bitter finish. An excellent example of black IPA.
Evolutionary (460) - Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Oxford beer store. Pours black. Little head and thick body. Lots of hop and malt to balance it. Alcohol shines thru. Would do again but already had another before.