kassner (1354) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Oak Cafe. Really nice and true to IPA with a clean hoppy finish, but plenty of dark malt and syrupy flavors up front. Pours black in a dark bar, with a nice head.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[4695-20120817] Growler. Roasted coffee ground aroma. Black body with a long-lasting creamy brown head. Roasty coffee grounds and resiny hops flavour. Full body. Quite tasty. (7/4/8/4/16) 3.9
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hopleaf. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big, resiny and dank citruses with lots of dark chocolate and slightly ashy roasts. A few minty florals in there as well. Flavor is similar. Plenty of catty citruses and minty florals with a bunch of dark chocolates and somewhat ashy roasts. Finishes dry, roasty, resiny, and moderately bitter with lots of citruses and a nice chocolate. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really enjoyable Black IPA. Lots of citruses and pleasantly bitter with a good amount of ashy roasts, but well balanced by a nice chocolate backing. Good one.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dense black IPA with a great roasted malt texture and scent. Superbly blended with a lot of nice grains going on. Chocolate, malt, wheat, and hop notes all mix nicely.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A roasted and citrusy Black IPA of above average quality.
How: Growler shared at Camping Brewdown 2012.
The look: Very near black body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is inviting with pleasant bright hop aroma (mostly citrusy but also a bit grassy) and a good roast. Taste has highly roasted blackened malts with some of the usual suspects of this type of malt backbone (cacao sensation, ground coffee), nothing fruity here. Hopping shines, mostly citrusy, bitterness of medium intensity. The roast and bitterness create a somewhat dry finish. Good mouthfeel with a lot of soft bubbles. My type of Black IPA, an above average example of the style. Another good growler shared at week-end long Camping Brewdown 2012, that party was so epic that it should have been narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Hophaze (173) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Fiddlers Hearth. Pours black with medium head. Aroma of pine and malts. Could not be more balanced. 85 ibu but hidden well. GREENBUSH KNOWS BEER!
ebone1988 (245) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is very hoppy and malty, sweet grapefruit and grassy. Appearance is dark dark brown, beige head. Taste is very malty and bitter, hop presence at the back. The flavor is like a bitter scotch ale with the hops finishing. The mouthfeel is sticky, the flavor does not dissipate. Overall, it’s tasty and complex.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 On tap at Bad Apple. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of pine, citrusy hops, and a fair amount of bready malts. Flavors of chocolate, bitter hops, citrus, and some pine. Nice black IPA.
alexsdad06 (5554) - Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours near black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is green earthy and citrus hops on a base of roasted malts with some underlying cocoa. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, earthy and citrus hops. Overall, not too bad.
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is very bitter and full of hops. It is dark with a light brown head. Taste is very hoppy with plenty of citrus to compliment the hops. Finish is clean and fresh with lingering bitterness. If you’re not used to black IPAs matching the flavor with the darkness of this beer confuses the senses. The all around complexity of this beer makes it one everyone should try.