DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Single 12 oz. at Binny’s for $1.50. Pours a very dark brown with a scrum of foam. Almost a sweet malt smell at first, then some hops start to assert themselves. Taste is more or less a hoppy stout, with some roasty bitterness from the grain, and then a bit of hop citrus note. Gotta say it lacks the smooth malts I usually find in a Black IPA. It reveals some interesting character as it goes down, but I can’t get away from my first impression of a hoppy and roasty stout.
downender (7050) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Jet black in colour, with a frothy, beige, head. Marmite, fruit cake notes, orange peel, a touch of grassy hop and dryish finish. A bit too yeasty, but good overall.
MadIndian (2614) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from SJ. Definitely burnt / roasted malts flavors...especially in the finish. Some caramel malt, peach, Earth, hop, coffee and orange. Nice body, a tad bit too much roast int he finish.
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours black with a thick tan head. Nice malty aromas of sweet chocolate, coffee, and hops is reminiscent of a stout. I can taste a mild malt backbone that starts surprisingly clean and drinkable before a harsh, moderately bitter hop finish that lingers extensively with an aspirin-like bitterness. Malt character when detectible is very mild chocolate and coffee. The malt profile is nicely subdued as it should be in this style, but the hop flavors need to shine and in this case are a bit one-dimensional.
llkc (762) - århus, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
duft: græs. citrus. brændt karamel.
smag. Brandt malt. lakris. let af metal. kaffe. ristet malt. citrus
Beerdedone (2981) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a huge frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, pine, coffee and some licorice. Flavor of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, light coffee, pine, citrus, subtle licorice and had a dry finish.
slowrunner77 (7283) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
"pours quite dark, aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, orange and pine. flavor the same...interesting balance between dark malt and orangle peel, especially with the feel being almost distractingly light. a good beer, slightly overpriced here. would be very good if not for the thin feel."
Blairgus (3399) - California, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5 sept 2014, bottle. Bottles 2/2012. Black. Nose is rich dark toasted raisin bread. Med body and moderately fizzy. Some dry grass hops, dark chocolate. Decent.
sulphursouls (42) - SWITZERLAND - APR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch from 02/2012. It poured a frothy, creamy light head which lasted quite a while. The body is as advertised, black. The aroma was a light malt roast, slightly herbed, with a touch of caramel. The taste was a lovely roast, a smooth, thin, well carbonated body with a medium bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste was really pleasant, often reminding of a crisp coffee.
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Beers of Europe. Poured black as a goth’s eyeliner with a dwarf like tan head. Roasted malt, choc, coffee and a little resinous hop in the beak. More roast took the stage in the rather sweet flavour in tandem with some piney hop and fruits. Tidy bitterness. All considered an above average offering.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fr0m the Binnys in 0rland Park, IL: I’m missing s0mething here that (yes, peeked at the 0ther ratings) 0thers g0t, mainly the h0ps. Nice l00k, an 0paque, deep br0wn b0dy, with a f0amy light br0wn head. What I smelled was dark r0asted malt, an ashiness, and s0me lic0rice. The taste g0es as the n0se fl0ws, still n0thing 0n the h0ps. It did finish with an ashy bitterness, presumably a h0p bypr0ducct. N0t a bad drink, but I’m missing the Black Ipa part 0f it.