swiseman (430) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a medium brown color with strong hop aroma. flavours of grapefruit and possibly bubblegum. When tasting this, I didn’t realize it was an IPA, so was a bit surprised at the strong hop bitterness. The medium body and use of a bit of dark malt makes this a rather enjoyable change from the typical IPA.
greglikesbeer (34) - Ancaster, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours almost black with a creamy brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma consists of strong chocolate, sweet coffee and deeply roasted malts. Bitter and sour tastes hit the tongue immediately. Bitterness gives way to sweet malt flavor, but sourness remains through the otherwise abrupt finish. Just ’okay’.
Frothmeister (565) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle. Pours dark, dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is hop heavy, citrus, dark malts, molasses, biscuit, faint coffee, and dried fruits. Taste is surprisingly big on coffee notes, molasses, dark malts, with a healthy hit of hops. Think hopped up porter. It seems I waited too long to try this guy out. It’s pretty great. Another fine beer from Flying Monkeys.
northropfrye (2247) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2011 Bottle. The first Black IPA I’ve tried. Very dark black colour with off white head. Faint aroma, a little hoppy. Taste is bitter and roasty stout tasting. Decent. (500th rating)
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown/black with light tan head. Aroma has strike hoppy pine presence with dark roasted grain in the back ground. Flavor has sharp, clean pine, subtle dark roast, light tartness with sharp hoppy bitterness. Medium body with high carbonation. Overall, tasty brew and oddly semi refreshing.
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin beige head out of a 341ml bottle from the LCBO. dark and chocolate malts. somewhat hoppy but not overwhelming. Not very bitter. Not much to compare this too but it’s pretty awesome. Either a great beer or I really enjoy this style.
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite of the Flying Monkeys beers - good mix of coffee and "dark" flavors, and a good, solid bracing hop bitterness. A lot of times these dark IPAs seems a little discombobulated, but this was well executed. I could’ve drank this all night. Thanks to jerc for the trade!
kevinsenn (1092) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2011 Pours dark brown. Aroma is very nice - caramel and hops. Dark fruit flavour, a little bit of bitterness, and whole lot of roasted malt. I found the roasted flavour didn’t "blend" completely with the hoppy flavour - it was like drinking two very different beers at once. Still, bonus points for being something interesting/different! EDIT: tried again and the flavours went together better than I thought they did the first time.
Trev (1945) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: Pour is dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.
aroma is nice coffee, dark roast malt, some nuttiness.
flavour is nutty, roasted malt, a resinous bitterness. Nice body, good balance. I enjoyed this one.
rosenbergh (7025) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle. Toronto, ON.
Dark brown colour with small light tan head.
Dark fruity hops, bitter American hops and some cola like sweetness in aroma. Roasted sweet malt, mildly bitter American hops and cola in flavour. "Jesus loves you. But I’m his favorite." Text in cap.