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,
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.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ehhh.............................................. IPA and Dog, I was sold. But, the experience...more like the smush and push of BIPAs; you know, it’ll do.
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. from Uptown. Pours black with a tan head. Smells hoppy like an IPA. A little too much roasted flavor for a black IPA. Not my favorite but I would never dump it out. :-)
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours a dark amber with a three finger off white head that is very frothy but subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet hops and malt. The flavor was of dark malt and hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice IPA. The head retention was epic on this one. Just glad I was able to try this one. The flavors and aromas were definitely on par for this style and it was one of the top black IPA’s I’ve tried to date.
smallfry (169) - - JAN 13, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) The initial taste is actually pretty good but there’s a very bitter piney citrus aftermath that is totally at odds with it. Very unbalanced and a poorly-constructed black IPA attempt although not without some merrit.