BiddleBrau (864) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As expected this is very black with a tan head. The head left very nice lacing. Roasty malt nose. Big full palate, rich roasty flavor. Malt is nice and balanced. Roast lingers but it’s not overpowering. Very satisfying on all fronts.
scarletfire65 (857) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown to black, medium beige head dissipated quickly. Nose was kind of weak - dark malt, stale coffee, cola. Flavor profile is predominantly bitter hops and malt. Hints of burnt coffee, licorice, pine. The black IPA style is new to me and I found the combination of flavors not too enjoyable. I think a touch more malty sweetness, the backbone of many high IBU IPA’s, would have been a good thing. The roasted flavors riding on so many hops produced a burnt, unbalanced palate.
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown-it is kind of sludgy looking- with big pillowy head. Smells sweet, almost like molasses plus a little lemon and maybe some anise and a faint hint at chocolate. More roast in the flavor. Still very sweet with a light dryness coming in at the finish.
MrBeerFanatic (801) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark copper/amber with a frothy head. Aromas caramel, pine, citrus hops, light roasted malt and grass. Flavors citrusy, grassy, light caramel and some light roasted malt undertones. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Pretty decent. 16oz can.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and grapefruit. Flavor is slightly sweet with notes of grapefruit, roasted malts and a touch of chocolate. Not a great Black IPA but decent.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz canned November 15, 2012. Served at around 45F.
Pours dark brown to black in the glass with red highlights, surprisingly light-colored head for a dark brew, off-white to a very light beige, 3 fingers, very rocky/foamy, lasts forever.
Aroma is kind of mild, lemony citrus, pine, caramel, bread, light roasted malt. As it warms up, it gets better, better strength, more roasted malt notes.
Flavor is pine and citrus hops, lemony, mild roasted malts, mild chocolate & coffee, mild sweetness, good bitterness, mild alcohol. THEN it warms up and gets a lot better. Citrus, pine, dark, rich roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, good to sharp carbonation.
A hoppy Guinness? Light in body and light in the roasted malt flavor. Gets a LOT better as it warms up, Good to Very Good Black IPA. Not the greatest out there (Sublimely, Dubhe, etc), but in the ballpark of something like 21st Amendment’s Back in Black.
robertjm (729) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(trade from NYBeer) 22oz. bottle. Pours a nice frothy off-white head. Lots of carbonation. While this may look like a stout, the aroma leaves know doubt that it’s an IPA! Definitely hop character in the flavor, but it’s not of fresh hops, which is something I’m used to seeing with the Left Coast IPAs. Probably has something to do with the black roasted malts added to change the color to black. Light body. Lots of bitterness lingering on the palate in the aftertaste.
ExpendableHero (723) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black beer with a white head. Aromas of fresh, clean hops, and black licorice. Taste of chocolate is stronger than one might think. Bittersweet herbal hops mix with tastes of black licorice, mild coffee, and dark chocolate. The chocolate dominates the hops in this one, but it works. Dry finish. Tasty stuff.
TheHopster (723) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle). Pours a mahogany brown with thin tan lacing. Well-balanced black IPA hybrid at a reasonable price point.
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Getbetter (700) - Cucamonga, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a Can.The pour is a clear brown with a white head.The beer has a roasty and bitter hop taste.The texture is slick with a bitter aftertaste.Not bad