Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz tall boy. Poured a dark brown, almost black, with a khaki head. Smell is earthy, citrus, grapefruit, spice, cocoa, and light roast. Taste is earthy, light chocolate, coffee, spice, and citrus with a moderately bitter finish. There is a lingering coffee/chocolate taste in my mouth that I am thoroughly enjoying and the belgian yeast really makes this beer interesting. Great
lacing, creamy mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. A lot going on in this beer and I really enjoyed it. Pretty good.
Mcfa0779 (57) - SLC, Utah, USA - MAY 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark black with large amount of brownish head. Fruity, citrus, chocolate, hoppy nose. Taste is sweet chocolate, pine bitterness, and fruity esters from the belgian yeast. A little too confusing with too much going on.
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Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Falling Rock in Denver, CO. Pours a black body with an inch thick, dense and frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty cool. Lots of citruses with some florals and resiny pines along with a solid roast backing, but very unique with the Belgian yeast aspect. The yeast stays balanced and never overpowers, which I hate in Belgian IPAs. It gives off a few esters, but not too many. Some chocolate malts provide a nice malt backing as well. Flavor is solid too, but the carbonation is a bit fizzy. Lots of roasts up front with a nice chocolate and caramel malt backing. Some earthy hops and slightly resiny pines in the middle with a bit of a floral note. Slight citrus and apricot with a nice Belgian yeast note that again doesnít overpower and gives off a few esters. Finishes pretty dry and roasty with a lot more of the citrus pines and resins coming out with a nice malt balance leaving this moderately bitter. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a slightly fizzy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool take on a Black IPA. The aroma was really nice and the flavor was a bit more influenced by the roasts, but the citrus pine resins and florals really blended nicely with the chocolate malt backing and Belgian yeast that never overpowered. Solid beer.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (apricot, flowers), with notes of vanilla, light note of gum.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean/husky.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Not unpleasant in the nose (despite a lack of hops suggested by the name/style...this is really just a simple porter/stout), but man alive is this sour and dirty tasting in the mouth! Truly terrible aftertaste, almost invoking a spit reflex. Surprisingly, the nose suggests neither the sourness nor the foulness. So, itís a total drain pour even though it smells ok. Poor Crabtree...they seemed to have lots of potential in the early days but things have definitely gone downhill in the last couple years.
RZahler (47) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a latte colored froth head. The aroma is bittersweet chocolate, caramel, roasted malt; as it opens it becomes more citrusy sweet. Taste is chocolate roasted malts w/ candy sugar sweetness with a bitter floral/citrus hop. The flavor of the citrusy dry hop lingers with the roasted chocolate malt on the palate. Lots of malt flavor for a black IPA; well balanced.
onceblind (3668) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a thin light khaki head. Nice smooth aroma of roasted dark chocolate, pine, orange peel, and sweet floral hoppy resin. Taste was smooth, dark, and brilliantly balanced with both hop flavor and bitterness. Starts with slightly burnt toffee smokey sweetness, melding into a citrusy floral resinous dry-hopped flavor with just a touch of pine and grapefruit, ends slightly bitter and slightly smokey. Slight candy sugar and dark-fruity belgian yeastiness throughout. Impeccably balanced overall, especially for its style. Has that fresh tasting dry-hopped essence I love with that dark sweetness I look for in porters and weaker stouts. Lovely.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap @ Freshcraft. Deep brown/black appearance with a creamy, dark brown head. Quite sweet caramel/candy/chocolate aroma thatís fairly devoid of hops. Very sweet, candy sugar-like, chocolate, somewhat roasty, mild fruity, anise, belgian yeasty flavor that almost reminds me of a quad or dubbel. Where the fuck are the hops? I canít taste them. This tastes like a complete mess to me but I guess Iím the exception not the rule.
natejgood (389) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a coffee head. Aroma of bananas, bread and grass. Flavor of bananas (interesting), coffee and roasty malts. No hops to speak of for an IPA. Not the flavor I expect from a black IPA, but not bad. Interesting beer that is worth a try.
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Darknred brown. A small ring of a head. A roasted nose with a bit of smoke. More hops in the flavor but plenty of malt. Some chocolate and fitrus. Again, not my style.
Beaver (1218) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16oz can. Pours a dark brown with a big pillowy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.
The aroma is roasted malts and piney floral hops with a bit of leather and spice.
The flavor is roasted malts and sweet chocolate with a good amount of piney bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, one of the best Black IPAs Iíve had. It has a good balance of sweeter malts, roast and hops.