gyllenbock (5228) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Almost black with a large tan head. Aroma and taste of roastad malt, some coffee and dark chocolate. Some very light notes of grape. The finish was bitter. Black IPA? No way!
rarbring (1636) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Smelling of toast, dark roasted coffee, smoked meat and chocolate.
Appearance: The beer is very dark brown, has a huge tan head that leaves some lacing, rather small curtains.
Taste: Starting with burned toast, dark coffee beans, bitter high grade chocolate, a few sprinkles of brown sugar and soy sauce.
Palate: Medium high carbonation, rather watery and a medium body, a coarse dry finish.
Overall: Well it’s black, more than IPA. Miss some body and maybe more sweetness and less bitterness might have been good.
Note: Bottle 355 ml. Reviewed 2012-09-10.
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with a thin tan head. Has a roasted malt, chocately aroma. Taste is bitter and citrusy, but has a nice finish of dark chocolate and malt and nuts.
olsvammel (3671) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at a tasting. It poured a dark red-brown liquid with a dark dirty white head. Dark malty smell with some smoke and roasted notes. Similar taste. This doesn’t resemble a Black IPA at all, more like a brown ale or similar. However it was nice and easy to drink, it should change it’s name/style though.
wlajwl (4190) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is dark malts and a hint of citrus and chocolate. The flavor is cocoa/chocolate, citrus, malts and a medium bitter finish.
Msavage235 (90) - - AUG 14, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
If I were rating this beer strictly on style, I would give it a 0. Magic hat should have followed #9’s designation and called this a "not quite porter beer." This is definitely not an IPA. That being said its not a bad beer, any hops that are present are buried by the chocolaty, roasty dark malts on the front though. Some kind of hopness might be found on the back end but I just taste chocolate milk and roast. The body is the best, you absolutely cannot see through it, completely opaque black. Not a terrible brew but I’d definitely drink another IPA or porter/stout if I had other choices depending on what I was in the mood for.
PhillyBeer2112 (2580) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well its not a bad porter, lol. But they had better give a serious reconsideration of the hop rate on this beer before calling it a Black IPA. I don’t rate to style anyway so its not big deal, but just to a make a point: this is laughable as a Black IPA. Poured a dark brown, modest head. Initial nose was a blast of citric hops but these volatile compounds disappeared quickly and the second sniff was all chocolate milk with a touch of caramel. Flavor is very similar, with tons of chocolate, a hint of caramel sweetness, a hint of ashy roasty, and a quick bang of citric hop bitterness at the end. Strong carbonation also gives this a significant carbonic bite that detracts from the overall mouthfeel and experience of this beer.
AWISLguy (1517) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Otto’s in Brown Deer. Pours opaque inky blacky with a tannish head leaving nice lacing. Aroma has thick roasted malts, soy, some earthiness and licorice. Taste is of sweet caramel, roasted malts, salty soy and some smoke. No real hoppiness that one would hope for from a black ipa. More like an interesting brown ale? Finishes smoky and malty.
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Smells of toffee and dark chocolate. Pouts black with foamy brown head. Tastes of chocolate and coffee beans. Lacking the hoppiness of an ipa. More of a black lager
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tessic (917) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This IPA poured a deep black colour with a big, light brown, creamy head. To the nose there are scents of cocoa, clight coffee, vanilla, caramel and light grass. First sip was very roasty on the palate with additional flavours of toast and coffee along with cocoa. Finish was deep roasted coffee flavour and the palate was burnt. Delicious!