RichTheVillan (1971) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark black pour with thin off white head, big pine hop aroma, piney hops come through in the taste and some citrus quite oily mouthfeel very resinous only a whiff of roasted malts.
allmyvinyl (1938) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at York Tap. Pours near-black, thick tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee and orange, some pine. Big hop flavour, lots of roast bitterness too. Lots going on, rich mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering orange bitterness. Very nice.
suprchunk (1934) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour. Big tan head with plenty of lacing. Big danky, oniony, malty, caramel aroma. Huge hop presence. A little musty. Malty, danky flavor with some earthy notes. A slight pepper flavor. A little thin, but still decent.
teorn88 (1913) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at CPK, London. It pours black as night with a small beige head. Aroma of hops and roasted malt. Grapefruit and wood. Taste is bitter with roasty woody notes and hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit and citrus zest.mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation. Overall, delicious. This is what a BIPA should be about.
TheJestersBeer (1912) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown, beige head.
Hoppy, heavily roasted aroma, tar, diesel, petrol, spruce, malt, coffee beans, citrus fruits.
Dry, medium body, high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Spicy, heavily roasted taste, hops, spruce, tar, asphalt, oil, phenols, grapefruit peel, smoke.
ration (1887) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
300913. Tap at Bishops Arms, Örebro, Sweden. Pours black with a small head. Aroma dry hops. Black ipa typical taste. Pure on its genre. Not Bad.
planky84 (1866) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mr Lawrence Wine Merchants, Brockley. Black pour with a beige head. Sweetcorn, blackcurrant and blackberry nose. Nice. Dark fruit flavour with a hint of malt and caramel. Quite a smooth character. Long bitter-sweet finish.
wyzzywyz22 (1842) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Black pour with a fading tan head. Enticing nose of resinous hop, citrus, roasted malt, brown sugar, and dark choc. Full bodied smooth and slightly oily mouthfeel. The flavour similarly displayed a winning combo of citrus hop bitterness and roasted notes. Maybe a hint of smoke lurking alongside more choc. Loads to admire here. A belter of a Black IPA.
BeerCast_Rich (1837) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[keg at the Hanging Bat, Edinburgh] How have I not rated Magic 8 Ball until now? Blackish brown pour, thick, cream-coloured head. The aroma is deep and malty, with leather and piney hop combining, although somewhat muted due to the cold keg serve. On the taste, first flavours are cold coffee, leather and roasted chocolate malt, before the hops arrive as orange and lemon, pine and resin. Great Black IPA 
stravale (1810) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Great Grog, Edinburgh
Very dark brown black....ruby light edges...frothy tan head...good lacing
Aroma - Very hoppy...grass hops..bit musty...damp hay..some grapefruit in the background...dark caramel malts...whiff of car tyre...much more hops than malts
Taste - Loads of hops..grassy..some spicy hops..citrus grapefruit more prominent than aroma....resinous..dark caramel and roasted malts in the background
Palate - soft carb..medium....bitter hops......citrus tang. Finish of grapefruit and grassy hops...lots of bitterness but not too much...wee bit of coffee in the lingering tail
Overall - I prefer Black IPAs to be more ’stouty’ than this which is very much more towards the IPA part of the spectrum but the hops have great flavour in this beer. I still prefer Thornbridge Raven over this but it’s still a great beer