Iphonephan (3020) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Trio in Kill Devil Hills NC. Pours a clear dark cola with a thick tan head. Roasted nose. Flavors of charcoal. Medium bodied. Bitter finish.
Mastelefish (70) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a small and lighter head for such a dark color. Roasted malts and hops are conflicting at a distance, but the roastedness comes out on top when taken in. There is a ton going on here with a battle between the IPA taste and the darker malts. The body is medium and a little creamy for an IPA. Interesting to say the least. Kept me surprised throughout most of the experience.
574deadzone (984) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown to black with a fair khaki head that settles to a substantial ring, leaving plenty of splotchy ghost lace. Nose involves pine, dark chocolate, maybe some dried cherries, toasted malt, some spicy floral hops, some resiny tropical stuff. Fairly sweet, quite bitter, not excessive either way. Lighter body, softer carb, oily, bright, with a lengthy toasty bitter finish. Somewhat subtle, but the nuance presents itself. Nicely done.
keepersj12 (2630) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice looking brew, black with a tan head. The aroma has chocolate and some coffee and lots of roasted grain. The flavor has the chocolate and coffee but gives over to a hefty nite from the hops. Not at all harsh, very smooth and easy going down. Well done.
gendv138 (995) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask (with Simcoe) at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours a brownish black color with half a finger of tan head. Aromas of caramel, roast, coffee, subtle leather. Tastes of dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, piney hops, roast. Medium body with a dry finish.
EithCubes (4704) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, purchase before June ’14. Nose is hoppy, very green and lightly grassy, but balance out nicely by the tarry and ashen black malt and roast barley; some nice mocha and coffee notes there, light chocolate, but I’d want more from the aroma hops. Pours dark brown-black with a tan head. Taste is lightly sweet (more from the hops than the grist), pleasant roasty qualities from the malt, light bitterness with a little booze showing through. Too-light body is nearly watery. This qualifies as a tame "Black IPA" in a genus dominated by aggressive scoundrels, but it’s clean and done well, and certainly enjoyable!
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: how many ways can you describe black? Average size tan head faded quickly and left spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate with resinous hop accents. After the initial taste of coffee and caramel fades, the piney, flowery hops take over. Earthy, bittersweet aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel leads to a long lasting finish. One of my favorites in this style.
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brunzies. Wonderful hop aroma, floral with apricots. Chocolate malt and caramel, roast and sweet. Dark black with foamy creamy lacing tan head. Medium chewy body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet and roast, rich malt profile with caramel and chocolate. Big hop bitterness throughout with bitter finish and after. Lingering sweetness.
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. single from Big Red Liquors in Carmel, Indiana. Nice roasted/charred malt aroma from a dark cola colored body with a thin tan head. Charred notes come through immediately and deliciously along with dark and bittersweet chocolate. This is followed by a sturdy bitterness that complements the char of the malt perfectly. The body is medium and the overall effect is like a hoppy Schwarzbier. There’s a nice creamy component that also balances all the bitterness and keeps things well balanced. Finishes with more dark chocolate and a lasting but perfectly complementary charred bitterness. Really great black IPA!
1guywith_aboat (212) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours darker beown with a khaki head. Aroma is fresh citrusy hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a slight hint of coffee. Flavor is dark roasted malt, chocolate, sweet dark fruit, citrusy american hops, and coffee. Slight hop bitterness and a very light pine aspect. This is the first black ipa ive tasted. It tastes alot like kudzu porter by back forty brewing co. Medium-thin body with soft, tingly carbonation. Very good. I’d like to try a few more examples of the style to compare. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.