patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with Tom and his buddy. Pours very dark chestnut brown, almost black in the right light, with a fat, frothy, creamy one-finger head. Nice spotty lacing. Aroma is pungently floral; lavander, resnious, jucicy pine and citrusy hops, creamy oats and malt. Tastes like a dead perefect hybrid of a juicy single IPA and a clean brown ale. Notes of orange, pear, and sweet, roasty malt. Body is very, very mild with a clean, smooth, soft palate. Finishes with a bit of chalkiness and some rich, yet subtle chocolate and peanut butter notes. Dang, what a great brew.
jake65 (2730) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Very dark brown pour with a creamy ringe of tan head. Aroma is ripe with citrus hops, sweet, fruity, and just a little piney. With such a fruity and hoppy aroma, I really didnt expect the strong malty presence. The chocolate body provides a nice thick feeling to go along with more of a refined piney and floral hops. Interesting transition and overall very good.
ice_p (6) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is possibly my best of 2010. Very good hop notes for a black IPA. Great balance with a surprising mix of tastes. I wish this was available on the east coast.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin head that lasts. Strong American hop aroma - citrus. Strong citrus hop flavor up front, hints of pine in the finish, with some roasted malt flavor that lingers, lightly sweet. Medium body, moderate hop bitterness. This is a wonderful beer. I have some congestion, so I may not be tasting the malt as much as I should, and well as the hops.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours as black as a stout, but tastes as good of the best West Coast IPAs. The NG IPAs are always fantastic I just donít know why there are no year round IPAs on their schedule. I can only hope that this one is back sooner vs later.
PhilDBrewer (50) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, dark brown - not really black. Aroma is phenominal - grapefruit, pine, citrus. Medium bodied. Tastes of grapefruit and pine hops coupled with roasted malts. This is incredibly enjoyable - one of my absolute favorite beers and, in my opinion, the benchmark for what a black IPA should taste like.
boFNjackson (4176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured dark brown - near black - with some paler highlights towards the bottom of the glass and a moderate, off-white head. Nose had resinous piney hops. Very vibrant with hops on the nose. The hops carry through to the flavor with resinous, piney, pepper-spiced hops. Super balanced though with hints of dark cocoa, roast and dark malt sweetness.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to lithy! Red-sepia, thick large bubbled cream head, moderate lacing. Oily pine nose, bit of caramel and earth, very faint detectable roast. Flavor is more orange and grapefruit up front, caramel across mid with more oil and pine through the finish. No detectable roast in flavor. Oily body, pretty full, decent carbonation. Iím struggling to figure out how this is more black than a normal IPA, in fact near-identical to Nugget Nectar.
theisti (3297) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle randomly shared by someone. The pour is dark brown, ruby red with a fluffy off white head. The aroma is citrus hops - pineapple and grapefruit, pine hops, and underneath the hops is a pleasant earthy roast malt. Really soft and melded nose. The taste is the citrus pineapple hop, the pine resin, and the very light roast malt. The earthiness is more in the finish, and is more mineral in character. The palate is medium bodied, soft active carbonation and a dry mineral finish. Really tasty, and crazy drinkable. Not sure if this is what I would think of as an Black IPA, but who cares, itís delicious.
hamilton23 (612) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown, not really black. Aroma is pretty standard for an IPA, some citrus. Taste is some citrus and a bit of nice roasted malts. Not too bad.