msante79 (2127) - 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.
queenholly (1914) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewery. Faint smoke, hops, molasses aroma. Cola brown, ruby tine, small creamy tan head. Dark roasted malt and hops. Dry chalky finish. There seems to be something a little overly sweet in the malt. In fact, most of the GB beers I tried had the same distinctive overly sweet malt flavor.
Patrickctenchi (1837) - columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Trion:
Nearly black with a small tan head.
Scent is sharp coffee, roast...sharp hops.
Taste is nicely hopped, chocolate/coffee.
Moderate bitter for 85 IBU......
Very nicely done.
ads135 (1728) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very nice take on what is fast becoming one of my favorite styles. Coffee and chocolate up front, mild bitterness in back. Dark appearance with nice head. Picked this one up in Grand Rapids on my trip to Toronto in 2013.
jstraw (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with scant tan head / Earthy, bright nose of weed, coffee, and chocolate / Light to medium body, a touch watery, with very bitter finish / Simple flavors of burnt coffee and weed / Needs work.
Reynolds314 (1543) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent Black IPA. The hops combine for a soapy like character that Im not a huge fan of but the roasty backbone is there and the hop presence is strong.
superspak (1536) - Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge mango, passionfruit, tangerine, caramel, toast, floral, light roast, and floral earthiness. Nice and interesting aromas with huge tropical hop presence and minimal malts. Taste of mango, passionfruit, tangerine, orange zest, roasted malt, light char, toast, coffee, floral, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical, roasted malt, light char, toast, and floral on the finish for a bit. Good complexity of roasted malt and hop flavors; with a good malt/hop balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good black IPA. Good balance of malt and hop flavors; and smooth to sip on. An enjoyable offering.
Iphonephan (1324) - Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a cola brown with a beige head. Strong pine aroma. Flavors of spruce with bitterness mellowed by some sweet malt.
GranvilleTim (1248) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and fruity hops. Yum! Taste is a great balance of roasted malt and fruit(citrus) hops. So tasty. Green Bush is a 2.5 hour drive for me- sounds like a summer trip.
kassner (1223) - 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.