mensch (287) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black with a rocky tan head. Aroma is more sweet and roasty malt than (hint of) earthy and minty hops. Bold and bitter, also toasted carmel and coffee. Iím rating it hedonically and not for being in style, which itís not. Itís a wonderfully hoppy imperial porter and not more. If you want to call it a DBIPA, you have to knock the nose off my face with hop aroma.
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated based on notes taken 20 Apr 2012 -- This was a great IPA. The first Black IPA I have ever had. Expanding my palette one black beer at a time!
GarrettB (1256) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
August 8th, 2013 - The Incredible Hop series continues with Fort Collinsí Imperial Black IPA, one of a style which is appearing with more and more frequency these days. The black body gives off a heavily spiced smell with black licorice, juniper and clove, with a touch of char as well, wreathed in black pepper, and topped with a nice hit of Jamaican jerk spice. The palate is smooth and silky, but perks up a little at the end with a last burst of bubbles, to deliver an extra dose of spiced flavors. The flavor here reminds me of Jamaican blackened fish, with all the spicy elements present, and a huge kick in the aftertaste, paired with an equally spicy hops. Very unique, even in the "Black IPA" category, and quite engaging.
slowrunner77 (7485) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"more pine than citrus in the aroma, with a healthy dose of dark roasted malt, cocoa and maybe licorice? well balanced, smooth, medium body. pretty nice in-style."
jbruner (3034) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep black from the bottle with fluffy tan head that leaves good lace. Aroma is big on the malt with hint of black smoke and roast, lingering vegetal pine. Taste is malt and booze forward, hops have definitely fallen off and oxidized. Would like it fresh Iím sure.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle -
I donít get a chance to rate a lot of Fort Collins beers, but those that I have Iíve mostly enjoyed, so this beer continues that trend. Aroma has is nearly stout like with so much roastd malts. There is some piney hops struggling to get out, but itís an unbalanced mix of the two...clearly malt forward. A subtle touch of smoke (I think) seems to escape now and again, which was nice. Flavor is straight-up bitter, bitter, and more bitter. Like drinking an espresso with hops floating in it. Very dry, very puckering. Not sure how this can be an Imperial IPA, when it tastes like an Imperial stout without the mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticeable.
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
FROM NOTES: July 1, í12
Clear, black with a small frothy brown head and excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet malt and hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a dry oily texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good complex beer.
mojoman (158) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Nashville brewfest ; very good. Malt hop balance is steller. Find it. Love it.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
SDalkoholic (2261) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from BevMo: The liquid poured a jet black color and was topped with a firm layer of head that left behind trails of lace. In the aroma, an instant whiff of hops dominates the nose and suggests citrus fruits. The flavor is intensely bitter with a huge bite of ripe green hops that clearly counterbalance the usage of roast black malt. Definitely one of the better black IPAís Iíve had, and not to shabby for being the first beer recipe sampled by Fort Collins. This alone was enough to persuade me to buy the variety 12-pack I saw for sale.
Ed5388 (2618) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Pours dark brown-black color with a frothy creamy tan head. Aroma is bitter pine, slightly charred, roasted malts, and some licorice notes. Taste is sweet chocolate, roasted malts, ash, and pine.
AndyW68 (1235) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good. Deep brown with light tan head. Aroma is not bad, but for an imperial black ipa, I was expecting more hops thanmalt. Flavor was good, but again where does ipa come into this.