Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into tulip glass...
Appearance: Pours out a dark color that I can only describe as black. It has a tight 2 finger khaki, chocolate milk colored head that sticks around for a surprisingly long time. Moderate lacing on this one. A nice looking black IPA.
Smell: Whew this is an interesting smelling beer. I was expecting much more hops on the nose but instead I get tons of dark malts. I’m picking up toasted characteristics with nutty and biscuit, too. Some mild faint coffee in there also. Then and only then do I get some piney hops on the back end. This smell reminds me much more of a roasty stout than an IPA.
Taste: Oh my, a nice initial taste on this with the roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweetness. This is followed up by a great hop profile of pine hops and bitterness that prickles the taste buds and sticks around for a long time after the swallow. The alcohol at 11% is so well hidden behind all this goodness that it is almost non existent.
Mouthfeel: I think the feel on this beer is spot on for the style. It is medium with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel in the mouth.
Overall: This to me is the best of both worlds in that it is combining a stout and an IPA. I love the melding of flavors in the two styles and the end result is very enjoyable. A sipping beer for me but dangerously so because of the alcohol being so well disguised. I like this beer!
Serving type: bottle
StevieT (331) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle. Pours almost back with a thin tan head, so many big flavours in there; hops galore, coffee, chocolate and roasted bitter flavours. Smooth mouth feel with a hint of alcohol. Great beer if you love big strong flavours and high alcohol. Luckily I do.
keanex (1232) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a tall and dense khaki head that very slowly dissipates.
Aroma: The aroma reminds me of an aged American barleywine. The whole musky-ish orange/grapefruit that’s in a musky basement aroma. There’s a backing of chocolate with a hint of pine and perhaps smoke which I’m enjoying. I just don’t like the hop choice.
Taste: The hoppiness is rather big and semi-aggressive, but so is the malt base. I get a big grapefruit bite with mild pine backed by big chocolate malts, a hint of roasted malts, and light smoke and licorice on the finish. Great black IPA.
Palate: Full-bodied, slightly syrupy, with mild carbonation.
Overall: This is a top notch black IPA, on par with Wookey Jack. I think I prefer Wookey Jack, but this is damn good. I with the hop profile leaned more towards the piney flavors and I wish that there wasn’t hints of licorice, but even so this is great.
TaktikMTL (5504) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de pamplemousse avec une pointe de céréale grillée. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousse et de céréale grillée avec une pointe de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #5488)
Valgreen (421) - DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Maxi. Very dark brown, small off white head, some lacing. Aroma, hoppy, roasted malts, liquorice, chocolate, coffee, sweet brown sugar, alcohol. Taste, roasted malts, hoppy bitter, dark chocolate, liquorice, coffee. Dry mouth feel. Very bitter aftertaste, with roasted notes and hops
ICEatALAMO (851) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour is a very dark brown, not quite black. The aroma has slight toffee, dark fruits, and hops all mixed well together. The taste is is a strong hit of hops in your face. Earthy and pine tones to it.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ferris (1868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Big hop aroma, pine and grapefruit with a roast malt backbone. Jet black with a very rich brown head. Lots of hops and bitter chocolate and roast malts. Finish has a bitterness and a bit of booze. All the big flavors work, although clashing, create a very big beer. It’s hard to like such a crazy big beer, but it is enjoyable in small doses.
Patjeadam (48) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a heavy double black ipa. It smells delicious, equally sweet and bitter. A bit boozy. It has roasted coffee, malts, fruits and fresh hop goodness. Wow. Amazing black ipa. It is a wonderful beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy (iOs)
badpuppy69 (176) - orange, California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown/black decent head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee black licorice. Taste follows the Aroma with some dark fruit and lingering roasted malt notes.
BlackEyePA (559) - USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is cascadish, floral and earthy notes. appearance is dark black with tan creamy bubbly head. Good legs. Taste is very nice smooth, creamy, choco, citrus, bready, and rich! Palate is clean but full bodied and hint of alco esters. Not too bad for 10% its perfect almost. Overall very good, balanced flavors, aromas and rich sweetness but well crafted. Great offering per style. Loved it. Keep ya warm on a cold night.
JulienHuxley (2432) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Nieuwjaarsborrel. Dark, black pour with small tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy, citrusy hops, chocolate and roast notes. Taste is bitter, roasty and hoppy, nice hop flavor, bittering additions not overdone. Not outstanding, but a well done BIPA.