tmoreau (3628) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2013 Served to a house snifter at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL., showing a black/brown hue, a billowy layer of light tan head froth, and good cling to the patches of curtainy lacing. The aroma had a pleasant, sweet citrus nature to it, followed by a touch of resin and rye spiciness. With a medium+ body, and moderate alcohol presence, the flavor highlighted an earthy hop bitterness that retained it’s presentable roasted & hop bite at the end, along with a complementary dryness. The rye interplayed well. Very impressed! Next time, on tap and snifter served at Lunar Brewing Co.. The citrus in the aroma was grapefruit-like, and a touch of dank grain scent was also noticeable. Bitterness again was very lingering, strong, but non harsh.
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Super hoppy nose at first. Very fruity-primarily apricot, some pineapple. This one was better at first, but lost that hop punch quickly as it warmed.
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a huge hop nose. At first a lot of roast but finishes smooth and sweet like an ipa. Might be my favorite black ipa.
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Capa (2624) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky, dark brown with a tan head. Powerful citrus, spice, rye, roasted malts, bitter, rust, grapefruit, light sweetness. I just can’t get into this style. I think if this had a normal IPA malt bill it would top-notch. I can see why BIPA lovers rate this highly, though.
alexsdad06 (8917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle shared by beerpig317. Pours dark brown in color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is earthy and citrus hops, some spicy rye notes, roasted malts and a splash of chocolate. The flavor has everything from the nose; earthy and citrus hops, some roasted malt character, chocolate and spicy rye to the finish. This was very well done; definitely a black IPA and not a porter dressing as a black IPA.
csaso (2071) - Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap - fair size tan head, pitch black color, very nice grapefruit hop aroma and flavor with a little roasted malt flavor at the end
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patricks110 (2409) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
holy crap Firestone Walker nailed it with Woo key! Big viscous black as night coffee pour with a massive latte foam head and a ton of sticky lacing all over the place. The aroma is gigantic with a super intense roasted base and notes of smoke, earthy spice and a big NW hop firm with pine resin. Just a huge aroma. Fuill bodied and almost syrupy with definite sweetness and a major roasted malt. Smokey and a bit of an ashy earthen note towards the finish lend to big bitterness. Juicy hop resins with big citrus and floral notes. Overall not well balanced but a super tasty brew.
Emeister84 (2038) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: Grapefruit, charred bacon. Appearance: black with tan head. Taste: bitter, smoky, roasty finish. Palate: full body, smooth, light carbonation, long lingering finish.
travita (4841) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The look is dark, black color, and a good beige head. The smell is pine, citrus, hops, malt, charcoal, and nice. The taste is smooth, slight roast, pine, citrus, hops, and good. Bitterness at the back and more chocolate at the end.
jkwalking05 (4577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a thick beige malt. Aroma is of grapefruit, light grass, spicy, floral. Taste is grapefruit, grass, oranges, with a chocolate and roasty finish.