DalzAle (1847) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to StFun! Thick dark black pour, thin cookie colored head, lasting lacing and a nice chocolate roast and bitter hops aroma. Flavor is also a nice meld of creamy chocolate, a very light bite of spicy hops, milk and some earthy warmth on the finish. Stellar example of a black IPA.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a murky, muddy dark brown with some milk chocolate highlights when held up to the light. It almost appears gritty. A careful pour results into a modest two finger creamy tan head with moderate lacing. Not the world’s prettiest beer but that’s not the point.
This is one of those beers that captures your attention right away based on the wafting aromas present during the initial pour. It’s one of the most complex noses I’ve come across. Waves of subtle pine interplay with a more complex aroma of a bright, acidic coffee similar to a fine Kenyan AA. This is followed by a roasty caramel and just a hint of tobacco. Simply amazing!
After experiencing the aroma, I take my first sip with great anticipation….a damn it doesn’t let me down! The first thing I detect is a smooth milk chocolate. The milk chocolate sweetness exits upon the first bitter bite of those beautiful hops. The hops just sit there mid palate begging to stay a few seconds longer. Then comes the big finish of roasty coffee and subtle smokiness, which completely dominate the palate until the next sip.
Mouthfeel is dead on for this style. A soft level of carbonation plays perfectly into a creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Overall, I can’t say enough good things about this beer. I’ve had 2-3 other black IPAs and was left with the thought that maybe it’s just not my style. Then the Heathen came into my life. The aroma and taste are so complex I could see having a slightly different experience with each bottle. Another world-class offering from Hoppin’ Frog.
Cybercat (2783) - Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is both smoky and hoppy - got me doing a Pavlov’s dog - with hints of mocha and molasses. Pours a rich, deep sable a whisker above black with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor - ooh, what flavor, crossing the best features of an IPA with the best features of a stout/porter. Hoppy, a little grassy, minimal bitterness, with notes of molasses, chocolate and quality coffee. Absolutely lip-smacking! Firm texture has a good amount of fizz. I love black ales, and I love hoppy beers, so the black IPA (an oxymoron, if you think about it) or Cascadian Black Ale is my fave.
77ships (3096) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bedankt Belgbeergeek. 66 cl. fles gedeeld met Belgbeergeek & Sebletitje @ Belgian Ratebeer Winter Gathering of Ultimate Evil. Donker bruin met een kleine mokka kraag. Geur heeft heel veel zwarte peper, redelijk wat kruiden, Amerikaanse hop hars, chili chocolade, pikant met wat chili, fascinerend, komt dicht echt hoor enkel dankzij zonder hop, gemakkelijk de meest interestante en beste Hoppin’ Frog bier tot nu toe. Smaak is zoete chocolade, beetje room vermeng met zwarte peper, kleverig, wat hars maar echt heel hars hoppig is dit ook weer niet, donker fruit, cacao, lichte aardse hop op het einde. Gemakkelijk een van de beste Black IPA’s die ik tot nu toe gehad heb.
574deadzone (766) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a thinner mocha-khaki head that leaves some small, spotty lace. Nose involves lots of dark chocolate, toast, fresh pine, milk chocolate, earth, stone fruit, biscuits, dank grapefruit, frosting, molasses and mango. Pretty sweet and pretty bitter. Medium to full bodied, thick and rich, sticky, oily, pretty actively carbed, with a lengthy drying bitter finish. Really damn good brew, a nice bold and complex mix. Among the best I’ve had in the style.
jmagnus87 (2047) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bomber from Herchick poured into a tulip. Thanks Bob! Pours black with a thin ring of dark tan head. Almost looks like a porter. Aroma is malt oriented - Mainly chocolate and coffee but with a good dose of spicy hops. Taste is light bitter. Starts off with citrus and pine hop bitterness but ends with a wallop of dark roasty chocolate. Full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Soft carbonation and a long finish. Overall, awesome. I think I could drink this everyday!
scottyg354 (5) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good beer, Pours dark like a Porter or Stout with a nice creamy tan head that lingers. Smells like a chocalatey IPA, nice even heavy hop and heavy malt character
Tastes hoppy and chocolates, some bready notes. Some sweetness with mild coffee. Really nice.
A little on the watery side, but it holds up to its other characteristics
A good beer thru and thru.
GrewUpYT (2) - Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I try a new Hoppin Frog whenever I can. Hoppin to Heaven IPA is by far my favorite but, Heathen is a great beer. The one word I think of is balanced. There is a definite hop and malt profile and neither overpowers the other. Highly Recommend. My only minus is that there isn’t a distinct aroma that set it apart.
COUGNOUX (32) - arlon, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Une Black IPA comme celle-là , c’est inoubliable ! des notes grillées, agréablement caramélisé.; un gout de chocolat très fin, du houblon sur du floral, raisins trempés dans l’alcool.. C’est fondant et on en redemande !
superspak (1926) - Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle date but this was a recent release. Pours a fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light char, herbal, citrus rind, biscuit, floral, and earthiness. Damn nice aromas with incredible balance. This is one of the most balanced hop/malt aromas I have ever had on a black ale. Taste of big dark chocolate, citrus rind, grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, herbal, floral, and earthy spiciness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, citrus, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance of hoppy flavors with a very robust malt backbone. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Black IPA. It is a perfect example of what I really like to see in a black IPA: Big roasted malt backbone with a balance of hops that is not overpowering. Incredibly well done.