lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
very dark appearance with a nice head. Good taste of an IPA with a very nice malty finish to balance it out. Probably the best black IPA iíve had.
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Never had a black IPA before and not much a fan of dark beers so I didnít really trust this going in. Itís not bad at all though. Smells legit, citrusy and sweeter than average for an IPA. Pour is AWESOME, gorgeous deep brown color with a huge bulbous tan head and insane lacing on the glass. Mouth is thick-ish and really nice. Flavor is good not great, definitely leaves something to be desired, it tastes like itís good quality but all the complexities are extremely subdued and overwhelmed by the hops. An interesting and surprising brew with awesome intangibles, but lacking a bit where it counts, especially considering the price tag.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured a cloudy dark ruby brown color with an uncontrollable head. musty citrus hop aroma. generous amount of carbonation. slightly sweet and piney hop flavors. malts not showing through that much. reminds me of what a belgian beer rendition of this beer style would be. tastes a little bit watered down and sour. not a bad beer for the style but not one of my favorites.
Parksy (122) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle. Excellent dark IPA. Strong hops flavor, with a gentle dark roasty malt finish.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
night black with a lovely head. smell is intense and intriguing... very citrus hoppy with a tiny little bit of the roast malt coming through... the balance almost creates a fruity aroma (not yeast fruity...) taste is citrus/pine hoppy up front then finishes with a pretty bitter dark malt taste.
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very sweet smell, similar to that of fruity milk. very dark colored, mostly brown with a little bit of red and orange. has a sweet flavor as well that is pleasing but difficult to identify. has a very full, maybe even overly busy finish. has a very strong hoppy flavor and is quite bitter. B
ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep black color with a large white head. the head was different considering it was a black color. Aromas of biscuits and pine. taste of chocolate and cascade hops. a neat beer indeed.
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a moderately dark color with a white head that quickly disappears once poured. There is a nice aroma of hops, alcohol and some minor floral notes. Tastes of medium bitterness, nice residual flavors reside on the palate. Overall not bad, but not my favorite black IPA.
stephenj007 (103) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great looking beer in the glass. Thick, tan pillowy head. Redddish, molasses color, transparent with some light bubbles.
Mild aromas of sweet, mildly smoked roasted grains, a bit of bananna and bittersweet chocolate. More malty than hoppy, a nice departure from what you expect.
Taste is fairly sweet up front, rolls to a mildly bitter, bite of sour finish. Refreshing, yet it bites back a bit on the finish.
Slightly fizzy, with a slick finish that stays around.
I would say this is a very nice departure from the usual IPAís recently. Not overpowering in the hops flavors, well balanced, would go well with any beef or bbq meal.
Nicely done brew.
Handypaul (102) - - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours brown with a pale beige head thatís mostly lasting which leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, fabulously fresh, fragrantly floral. Really great aroma! Lightly sweet, light to medium bitter taste, and dark malts. Medium body, average carbonation, thin to oily texture and a bitter finish. Aroma blows me away! Worth revisiting.