ajnepple (5084) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 22 oz bottled on 11/20/12. Almost black with a thick off-white head that lingered a bit and left spectacular lacing. Smells mostly citric and floral, with some earthy, pine notes as well as some wheat and rye. Medium-bodied, creamy, and smooth with a pleasant, unfiltered texture. Exceptionally well-balanced flavor of hop bitterness, dark malts and spicy rye. Hoppy, rich finish with a touch of sweetness. Complex and very drinkable. A phenomenal IPA.
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big black beer, lacy foam cap. Aromas of roast malt, coffee, fruity hops and a little mint. Very well balanced between the dark malt and hop flavors. Again, in the finish, the hop bitters meld well with the dry malt bitterness. I can’t seem to pick out the rye, but don’t care. Love it.
tmoreau (3714) - 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 (2727) - 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 (9007) - 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 (2099) - 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 (2425) - 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 (2084) - 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.