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 (105) - 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.
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looked great out of the 22oz bottle. Nice thick off-white head that had good retention and laced the glass nicely. Dark brown color with ruby highlights. On the nose, Iím getting pine-y and resiny hops mixed and actually more in the background to the roasted malts. On the tongue it has a medium body with a roasted malt tasted that lingers after the beer has gone down. The hops come out more in the flavor as does the roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. I donít think Iíll be grabbing this one again any time soon.
Msavage235 (90) - - AUG 24, 2012
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Way overrated. This beer was ice cold when I had it so that might have stifled some of the flavor but nothing really stood out to me. This beer isnít horrible but I expect more from a Black IPA. Go ahead and skip.
Bookseeb (89) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance has a nice dark brown amber color supporting a thick supporting head leaving fair lace. Smell has a nice balance of the malt and citric piney hop aroma. Taste is predominant black malt coming through with the sweeter palt malt coming through balanced by the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. One of the more enjoyable BIPA Iíve had.
phobos1031 (87) - Paradise, Nevada, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle. pours dark chocolate red with pretty massive head. the head gradually wilts like an erection after blowing the mass wad. roasted malty caramel smoked aroma...bitter. deep malty pine sharpness then creamy hard hop slightly smokey after taste. would drink again, but not on the regular...
Sublym (78) - Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow, how did this get rated ad high as it did? This beer has a weird corriander/pine/black pepper taste to it. Almost not an ipa? Call it your winter brew and I would understand. Never thought id meet a black ipa I didnt like but I did. Almost has a farmhouse taste to it, but wait...i like farmhouse ales? Is this the first black farmhouse ipa? (keep in mind, I rate my beers for what they are , like ipa , porter, black ipa, ect., ect. Im rating this as a black ipa. Its not a bad beer, just not a black ipa.)
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Front Door
Dark reddish brown with an almost non-existent beige head. Interesting aroma with citrus from the hops and caramel from the malt. Not something Iím used to in a beer.
It took about half way through the beer before deciding it was great. My palate kept getting confused on what I was drinking. A porter? An IPA? It was like mixing the porter thatís on tap at my house, and the homebrew IPA in bottles. Doesnít sound like it would be all that good. It is. But it definitely has to grow on you.