AirForceHops (2972) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle I got in a trade with queenholly. Thick lasting tan foam chillin on top of a pitch black liquid. Great retention. Nose is chocolate, ash and resin hops. Flavor starts lightly sweet with chocolate, followed by light coca with a lasting, real long lingering pine resin. The thing that is really surprising is this was bottled in 09 / 2012. It’s amazing how much pine still remains in the flavor. The texture is chalky with a dry finish. Real nice drinker.
coreyvan (15) - Fridley, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask - hopped with mosaic- thick black appearance. Light frothy head. Aroma of camel and coffee. Taste very powerful. earthy hop notes followed by caramel and finish with a dry bitter feel.
nimbleprop (4594) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz can pours a watery black with some creamy beige head. Nose is odd, whole wheat flour, dusty, a little meaty, some roast mushroom, some dark chocolate. Flavor is malty, some pepper, some mushroom, bread crust, a little cherry, molasses. Dry finish. So so.
cards04 (1629) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a great beer. Bracing coffee and hop aromas. Nice sweet and bitter coffee and hops. One of the best black ipas I’ve had.
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12oz can. Aroma is pine, caramel, and chocolate roast. Flavors are pine, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Well balanced beer just right amount of hops and malt to make the beer very drinkable. Well done indeed!
obguthr (3651) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can courtesy of TheHoff43: Hoppy charcoal and pine. Mahogany, medium tan head. Dry, char flavor with the bitterness coming more from the malt than hops. Hops are piney in nature, but really more in the background than anything. Medium body. A bit too dry for my taste.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@RBSG-Minni–on tap-tight retaining tan-black. A-citrus/pine, dk malt-hint of molasses. T-pine hops, roast/cocoa-med/dk malt.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz can) Pours a black body with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted grain, grass, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor of grass, roasted malt, chocolate, and grapefruit with a bitter finish.
arminjewell (6069) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish black pour with thin off white head, aroma brought big orange, lemon, grapefruit into a nice roast, coffee, chocolate middle, some nutty notes as well. Taste is a mix of toffee, caramel, into some orange, pine and grass, slight roast, coffee in there some cocoa powder, finishing bitter, dry. Tasty!
CanIHave4Beers (3166) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours basically black with a good head & good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is rich and roasty with a nice chocolaty character, and loads of mocha and coffee... such a nice malt character that the fruity hops sort of play second fiddle.
The flavor has a nice roastiness, a pleasant but low level of bitterness. & some dark chocolate. The beer keeps it plenty on the dry side and the hop character is nice, fruit forward... and again sort of pales in comparison to the nice roasty/stouty sorts of things going on here.
Not a great example of black IPA, but a really cool hoppy stout for real.