Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enormous Root Beer float head, complete with a peak of rocky foam that lasted the duration. Root beer in color - dark, roasted nut brown. The aroma has the IPA presence with citrus, but with it something on the sour/soapy side giving it a funk twist. Watery in the mouth but packed with flavor. Grapefruit bite on the tongue with toasty grain on the backside.
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My first "black ipa", I was surprised, ample hops on the front, with the back in speaking of malts. Good stuff, I likes it. You can try this one and if you don’t like it blame ol’ Shaftie.
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle: Opaque black w/ a massive biege head that slowly falls away leaving a peaked island in the center of the glass & blotches cling to the sides. Wonderful hoppy aroma (pine) w/ roasted malts equally showing themselves. Flavor is piney hops up front, fading into roasted maltiness w/ a clean citrus hop finish. Seems like an IPA; instead of a sweet malt backbone they went w/ the heavy roast. Pretty good, great aroma.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with monstrous head and loads of sticky lace. Tangy and hoppy aroma, grapefruit, pine, and skunky resin. Also roast and burnt chocolate. Thin feel with mild carbonation. Sweet at first, then floral hop flavor slowly develops into grassy and woodsy bitterness. Finishes with a relatively clean hop bitterness, but then a second charge comes after a delay with a burn on the tongue from carbon and some dark chocolate from the roast. Nice complex flavor progression, but I was a little diappointed from the hop flavor after the wonderful hops on the nose,
CopterScott (199) - Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with and enormous chunky off-white head that persists. malty aroma with some hopes. Flavor is roasted malt with some floral and pine hops. Starts out very fizzy but calms down to medium carbonation.
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 Oz. Pours a dark almost brownish amber with solid head that subsides slowly. Aroma is of roasted nuts and caramel. Taste comes on with a strong bitterness that delves into a dark malty character with only a little bit of sweet in between the two. A very interesting IPA that definitely has alot of character. The beer finishes with a malty bitter shock to the palate.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My local beer store had a bunch of Laughing Dog in stock so I picked up several, including DogZilla. Pours a deep dark reddish brown, not truly a “black” IPA – to me this would be what I would call a “Cascadian Dark Ale” – though that style name is somewhat pretentious. This beer is pretty to look at, with a billowing and sticky two finger light tan head, with lacing clinging to the glass. Massive hop aroma hits the nose first, with loads of pine and grass up front. Malt aroma there as well, somewhat crackery, though faint. Mouthfeel is mildly carbonated, and a little bit thin. You don’t have time to really notice this though, as tons and tons of fresh hop flavor hijack the taste. This is clearly a West Coast style brew, right up there with the big boys in terms of hop presence. Atypical to style, the taste is fleeting – rather than slamming the tongue with waves of lingering bitterness the brew instead finishes very dry, with crackery malt hitting all the right notes. Overall this is a very nice take on the CDA / Black IPA / IBA style, as the mild bitterness and great hop character makes for an easy drinking beer.
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours all but black with a huge tan head. Aroma of hops. Flavor is hoppy with some fruit flavors and a sweet bitterness. Good mouthfeel. Good beer.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. The aroma is more subdued than I expected. I get roasted notes and a lighter hop aroma. The taste is roasty with coffee and some pine hops. This is actually pretty balanced. The mouthfeel is light to medium. Overall an okay beer.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
it pours out like a thin stout that was dark in color and it has an off white thin head. it has slight lacing as it goes down the glass. it has moderate carbonation and has a great hoppy, piney, malty flavour. i can smell citrus and wet moss along with wood. it kind of has a "tobaco’y" , earthy taste when it finishes. pretty good beer.