philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours an opaque black with a dense foamy coffe colored head. Bright aroma of hops, coffee notes. Very full body, slight carbonation makes for broad & smooth feel. Wonderfully balanced initial salty mellows to sweet with a smooth finish. Really nice take on an IPA.
malrubius (2043) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 30, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can from Table and Vine. Dark amber with lasting head and lace. Caramel spicy herbal bready aroma. Chocolate and toasted caramel sweetness with some plummy fruit and nuts and and herbal bitterness with lingering caramel. This is much more of a hypothetical American neo-traditional porter than a black IPA. And it’s not very good at either. A mess.
rdixon77 (1452) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Old rating. Generic black IPA.not bad, but totally boring. Malt body with hop bite. Slightly metallic and earthy.
Westmeister (2022) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
March Ale Alpharetta. 16oz can. Stale citrus and pine hops that get buried by the roasted malts, nuttiness, metallic, cocoa, earthy. Lacking anything that pops out at you, and the most watered down black ipa I’ve ever had.
BrewBoxer (2427) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours a deep black sludgy color. Has a hoppy porter taste to it. Interesting complexity. I like it
MarkSachon (711) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from Gator’s in Pittsburgh. Tastes pretty much like any other IPA. I didn’t think this one had the advertised heaviness --- a little disappointed overall.
ryanscourt (874) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a bit off of being a really good black IPA. Nice citrus hops mixed with chocolate flavors. Nice lingering flavor. A little bit weak up front.
czar (5392) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
can. pours unclear and almost light brown with a nice creamy very light beige head showing some retention and lacing. lightly sweet chocolate malts, brown sweet nutty maltiness, nice citrus and soft pine needles, spices, molasses and burnt sugars, some red fruits here and there, mint and coffee traces. moderate carbonation, light body - oily and a bit sticky, bittersweet resiny-citrusy finish. agreeing with doc below as toxic sludge is a misnomer indeed. still enjoyable.
DrSilverworm (8185) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16oz can from Perfect Pour. Shared with Steph. Can says "Extremely fresh"... Lol where is the date? Put your money where your mouth is, BP. Kind of clear dark brown red color. Made hazy with lots of fine particles in the body. Thin khaki head. Some bits of lace, mostly loose. Medium to bigger body. Reasonably smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Aroma and flavor is a little disappointing. It’s a black IPA, yeah, but it tastes kind of like a black IPA that a macrobrewer made. Like a leinenkugels black IPA or something. Very mild and mild-mannered. Kind of sweet, too. Moderate sweet taste, light on the bitterness. Some chocolate malt, toasty malt, nutty malt, and earthy hop. Light bit of pine. Tastes like a hoppier but basic brown ale, basically. Light bit of metallic. This is my friend Steph’s first time trying a black IPA... She likes it, but her only input is that "it tastes a little watered down". And that is fucking spot on! This is like a decent black IPA sat around for a bit, got a little malty and sweet, and then was watered down a bit. OK "black IPA", I suppose. I like the style so I may be a bit forgiving. But "Toxic Sludge" seems like a misnomer. I asked Steph what’d she’d score this (never asked her that before). She said 2.7, which I’m pretty impressed by. Because 3 is close to average, she says. Nice.
EamonTheGreat (157) - USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a can into a snifter. Great black color with a thin head. The aroma is roasted malt and hoppy, but not too overpowering like a lot of black IPA's I've had. The taste is a perfect blend of toasty malt and hops. Not too bitter. Great black IPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Big fucken can @ home, thanks to BoostIPA. Deep burgundy orange appearance with a foamy brown head. Minty, chocolate, burnt malty nose. A touch of butterscotch. Body is a bit flabby. Lots of toffee and burnt sugar. Pretty bitter flavor. Disappointing.