AdamJackson (2958) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Warren Store. Very roast ash black, decent 1 finger coffee colored head.Everything I liked about Lawson’s Toast IPA but more ash, cream and burnt oak. Very roasted aroma and taste, loaded with piney hops. Best split 2 ways if via the bomber. Still a nice beer.
Lukaduke (2398) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a silky black color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is heavy on the roast, big chocolate pine cone a little bit of earthy soil. The palate follows, not a whole lot of hop presence coming through. Wouldn’t be inclined to call this a black ipa on a blind taste as the hop notes are tucked into a heavy chocolate roast and the body is pretty full and creamy. Decent beer but not what i was expecting from a Vermont, home of the black ipa !
bellco33 (397) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Prohibition Pig: pours black with a one finger tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, and a hint of pine. Flavor is very roasted but smooth and the hops and malt are well balanced. Full bodied with a little bite at the back end. I love black IPAs and this is a great example of one. Awesomeness.
BroSpud (1754) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Three Penny.The first Lawson’s I have had the opportunity to taste and I was not dissapointed. This is more than a beer, this is a concoction of goodness. Thick, oily hop filled goodness. Yes.
OKBeerFan (61) - - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is amazing on this brew. Overall flavor profile and mouthfeel are great. Was quite surprised how hoppy this was because of its color ( dark brown/black) expected it to be more subdued. Really great brew overall.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Leighton (12231) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Prohibition Pig - Waterbury, VT. Pours rich brown with a thick, lasting beige cream head. Strong roasted malt aroma with punches of raw coffee. Light to medium sweet flavor with loads of dark roast malts, coffee grounds, bitter baking cocoa, earth. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. More robust, burnt malts on the finish, some charcoal, more hefty coffee, torched earth, bitter chocolate and hints of orange rind. Very rich with lots of bitter cocoa.
Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date on it, however, it’s their latest release and was purchased on the day of (thanks to Jason for picking me up a bottle). It cost $8.99 ($0.41 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque dark black body, no visible carbonation. Pours to a large, tan, frothy head which laces and retains extremely well.
Smell: Like the description indicates - it’s dank and resinous. Plenty of pine with subtle roasted malt scent as well.
Taste: The Black IPA is still a fairly new style and pretty much every brewery has a different take on it. I haven’t been sure which approach I like best, that is until I had Lawson’s Finest Liquids Big Hoppy. This is an East Coast-style IPA that stands up and is proud about it. Huge piney hop character all around with a dense, dank, resiny character as well. A little light on the stout characteristics, but it’s still easy and fun to drink. Now I know what makes for a good Black IPA.
The palette starts off surprisingly light and malty. Slight iced coffee and milk chocolate notes, though nothing I’d describe as particularly sweet since it’s quite tame. It changes on a dime into a beast of hoppy proportions (considering the name, this isn’t surprising). A dank, astringent bitterness swoops in from out of nowhere and coats the tongue in resin from the alpha acids. There’s a great taste of pine needles, sap, tree bark, and subtle burnt toast flavor all on the finish. The aftertaste continues this, leaving a lightly sticky, somewhat cloying aftertaste. If only it had more overt stout character it’d be perfect, but for what it is, it’s pretty excellent.
Drinkability: Black IPAs tend to be the best of both worlds when it comes to drinkability. Lawson’s Finest Liquids Big Hoppy has the full-bodied, highly energetic palette of a strong or double IPA, but has the velvety smooth and comfortable mouthfeel of a pub-style stout. To call it "smooth" is to state the obvious. Though on the heavier side at 7.5% ABV, it doesn’t drink, feel, or sit like a weighty beer. I had no trouble sipping on the entire bomber myself.