philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Mad Taco. Pours an opaque brown with a thin head that fades after a few minutes. Faint aroma of roasted coffee over hops. Flavor is carried by a full body, with a slight refreshing effervessense and hits across a broad array of salt, bitterness. This tails off nicely to an slight aftertaste of root beer. Lovely big IPA.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From old notes, tasted with Curtis and some friends in Nashville, probably some time near the summer of 2012, from bottle. Pours opaque, nearly black dark brown with a thick brown head that leaves average lace. The nose is a really nice blend of dank green earthy hops, along with both dark and milk chocolate. The flavor is very dry and nicely balanced milk chocolate malt up front, moving to the dank earthy hops and dark chocolate bitterness. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long super hoppy and bitter dark chocolate finish.
merc7186 (2605) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Black Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Thick Off White Head, Some Lacing
S: Resin, Dark Roasted Malts
T: Resin, Dark Roasted Malts, Mild Coffee
M: Great Carbonation, Medium To Full Bodied, Smokey, Mildly Bitter
Overall, a really good with a nice smokey black malts and hoppy taste.
Lukaduke (2710) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Black Back. Pours a deep burnt umber with two fingers of thick tan foam. The nose is grassy, piney and full of roasted chocolate. The palate is smooth and velvety with a nice carbonation level and flavors to match the nose. Big chocolate roast, sticky pine and a long super roasty finish that holds a good bitterness and cleans up the palate on the finish !
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to tobelerone for throwing this in on a trade, I was happy to be able to try a Lawson’s with a friend. Dark black color, standard appearance, decent head. Aroma is piney hops. Flavor is oily hops, pine, citrus and a hint of dark malt on the end. No burnt or roast flavors really and I like that because i think sometimes they clash with the hops. This was one of teh better black IPA’s I’ve tasted.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-14-2012 03:18:57
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a perfect pint.
3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is good and a short ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Formitable roastiness with notes of molasses. Citrusy and earthy hops with emphasis on orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Not bad, but the aromas don’t flow together that well.
3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Lots of roast, some molasses, and some caramel. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and earthiness fromt he hops. Lower bitterness from the hops, which I think is a must for the style, so at least they got that right. Again, decent.
3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Decently creamy.
3.5 D: Not a huge fan of the style, but this one isn’t bad. A little better than average for the style.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-16-2012 21:42:23
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally opened this up hopefully it hasn’t fallen off. Enjoyed in a standard pint glass with buddies at around 40 degrees F. Almost midnight black, solid head that stuck around for a while..maybe my glass wasn’t clean? Smell is very roasty with tangerines and nuts. Taste is roasted malts, hint of chocolate, nuts like almonds and a mild bitterness. Pine and Citrus hop flavors and some oakyness at the finish.
alexsdad06 (7103) - Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle at DLD ’12. Pours a dark brown/black color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma has roasted malts, chocolate, with a hop profile that is citrus, earthy and mildly herbal. The flavor shows a nice balance between the roasted malts, chocolate and even sweeter caramel with the bold citrus and earthy hops. Black IPA’s are something I only enjoy when done very well and this fits the bill.
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paul’s. Dark chocolate pour. Aroma has notes of perfume, flowers, and orange. Hop heavy flavor with plenty of citrus and perfume. Minimal chocolate malt flavor. Perfume is prominent in the finish. This is an IPA first and foremost, and I prefer that to overhopped porters.
vtafro (4929) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Earthy, pine and chocolate aromas. Roasted chocolate and some earthy musky tones.