cazort (554) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really liked this one...I find many American microbrewed IPA’s, especially ones with this high an ABV, tend to be too heavy for me, but this beer was surprisingly light. Overall character was more stout-like than IPA...more like a heavily hopped stout. Hops are citrusy and slightly piney. Some roast in the aroma but not overwhelming; there’s a hint of a creamy, vanilla-like aroma, emerging then vanishing beneath the fresh, hoppy aroma. Initial flavor is subdued. Finish is quite dry but without being overwhelming bitter. Very pleasant, and my favorite beer yet which has been labelled a black IPA, although among hoppy dark beers I still prefer the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Probably my favorite beer yet from Harpoon, which usually brews beers I find good, but less interesting.
Chudwick (2479) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle into Le Duvel - nose is roast, citrus and bad water. Sip creates a more positive experience with coffee and more coffee. Long hop bitter finish with an upfront dark chocolate bitterness. Brutish and lacking smoothness.
lag91 (55) - Milton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark color with an light tan head. Nice hoppy aroma. Taste not as hoppy as expected but a good long-lasting bitter flavor throughout with a nice roasted malt balance. Enjoyable drink
jkwood04 (4829) - Connecticut, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours near black with a beige head. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops, lightly roasted and chocolate notes, some dough and bread notes. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not bad for the style.
BeerdedDave (885) - - FEB 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
black color; light, hoppy aroma; not as hoppy as most blck IPAs; medium-bodied roasted malt flavr with a lot of hoppy bitterness
snoworsummer (3347) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours very dark brown with almost no head. Tastes very bitter, bready, like coffee and hops. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like dark chocolate, coffee, and wheat.
sonnycheeba (4296) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours cola brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, light chocolate, earthy hops, prunes, and raisins. Flavor is dry, roast malts forward with rich earthy and chocolate bitterness, dark fruit esters, and faint espresso; dry, roast finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Paynis (42) - Saco, Maine, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love the color, character, and complexity of this brew. Loved the smokey flavor... A bit more hops in my ipa please... Missing a little of the bitter finish and aroma of other ipas... Makes up for it in smoky flavor and overall a good beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Leighton (14430) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from the brewery in Boston. Noted by the barman as 6.2% ABV. First off, I should note that the growler system kind of sucks; after just two days the carbonation is all but gone. Pours clear brown with a few bubbles for a head. Toasted, lightly doughy brown bread on the nose, hints of burnt pine and cocoa. Light-medium sweet with more simple, toasty bread, mellow bitterness, some earth, milk chocolate. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Toasty bread finish, mild cocoa, earth, dried berries. Poor condition aside, this is still a very simplistic Black IPA.
mansquito (4209) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a party at work: Pours quite dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is slightly darkish malts with a whole bunch of citrus and resin. Taste is pretty much black IPAish. Nice combination. Nice long and bitter aftertaste. Not overly complex, but nice fast drinker.
smcolw (601) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston.
Dark brown, nearly black where no light shines through. Small, but lasting head. Ample lace.
Elements of darker porters start the aroma. Not burnt, more dark chocolate. Little hop.
Less bitter than most IPAs, but that may be from the stronger roasted malts. Full bodied with an above average carbonation level. Overall, less IPA and more deeply roasted Porter.