Derek881 (855) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass to drink.k The beer had a thickish black appearance and was mostly opaque with a dark brown hue and a foamy dark off-white head with shorter retention, but good lacing and cling. It had a roasty dark fruit and caramel malt aroma, but also a strong presence of grainy and citrus hops, along with some earthy, floral, and nut scents. The taste had a sweet caramel and dark fruity malt blend that yielded to a somewhat bitter grainy and earthy flavor. Its body was fairly wet with average carbonation, and was a bit creamy, with lower carbonation and fizz.
sir__v (291) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color: dark brown beer with a brown expresso head, no carbonization. Smell: malt, spices, hops. Taste: malt and explosion of hops! Really great. Aftertaste: caramel, dry bitterness and hops.
stoutnick (164) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 Black with a white head. Classic BIPA look. The beer is more like a hoppy porter though. This confirmed that as it warmed up, more goodness came out. Big malts, some body. Hops are there in the nose, but just in the bite of the flavours.
gam (2666) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large biege head dark pour soft carbonation aromas strong malts caramel malt chocolate fruit flavours dark fruit citrus stonefruit piney resin dark really top stuff this caramel chocolate crispness medium bitter smooth ale well put together the finish cracking BIPA malt and hop goodness resiny sharp alround bitter finish lovely
bitbucket (2113) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours clear dark brown with a massive tan head that is settling as I type. Mostly chocolate on the nose, with a bit of pine and maybe citrus. Light body, watery mouthfeel, not a lot of sweetness, nutty caramel citrus pine taste with a strong coffee and pine finish that lingers.
RichTheVillan (849) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; pours almost black, creamy off white head, roast malt aroma which I fear in a BIPA, the hops are there in the taste but they are fighting to be known above the overwhelming roast malts. Fails as a BIPA but would win as a high IBU stout. The bottle date was 02/2012 so some of the hop resins could have dissipated.
Habanero (1673) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours deep brown with a huge tan head, leaving a fair, irregular lacing. Nose of roasted malt, citrus, wood and resin notes along with subdued flowerish aroma too. Slightly sweet flavor, that ends up dry and solid bitter. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft CO2. A nice black IPA. ★★★★
Niko100 (1490) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, floral hops, some caramel, & citrus; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, pine hops, some coffee, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is fairly bitter; Nicely balanced; Pretty good.
hockeybeerguy (212) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured a pitch black and had a body of the exact same color. A small off-white/tan two centimeter head appeared and lasted for a good minute. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. Spider web lacing was seen spotting the sides of the glass. The smell was basically the coffee and the hops, combined very well. Some malts came in as the beer warmed. The taste had a creamy yet roasty coffee hoppiness to it. I’d say it was pretty good. The palate was about a medium to heavy with some creaminess coming through. Overall, this was a pretty good Black IPA or American Black Ale (whatever you want to call it). I’d get it again.
SlackerMads (533) - DENMARK - JAN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown with at small lacing light brown head. Aroma is hoppy citrus and pine and some light roast, toffee, soap. Taste is medum bitter, medum/full body, creamy texture, medium carbonation. Ends roasted with notes of citrus and bubblegum, reminds me of something from Hoppin’ Frog.