bubblehouse (923) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle out of sampler. Very hoppy and piney. Very tasty. Wish it was sold in KY but luckily my friend picks me up some when she visits family in stevens point.
JoePeesie (919) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
better than good, short of great. Pours a nice black, with a tan frothy head. I really donít find this to be an IPA. Its got a heavy malt finish that I feel really dominates the beer. Iím not sure what I would call this but I think the malt profile is the dominate feature here. Itís different, its worth try or trading for, but I felt it was short of magical.
Nero55 (917) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown with medium tan head. Strong aroma of citrus and pine hops. Light body with hop bitterness upfront, notes of molasses and roasted malts, and some malt sweetness.
Lemke10 (913) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown/black color with a slight fluffy, off-white head. Scent has chocolate malts, molasses, and bitter hops in the mix. Basically the taste is a more robust version of an IPA. It still has a bitter taste throughout but is nicely complimented by the sweet tastes of chocolate and molasses. A very complex beer that overloads the taste buds at first making for a great sipping beer. A great brew using a more unique style that you just donít find too many of in your local beer store. A must try!
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I never really got into the whole black IPA thing. Give me one or the other. Still pretty good, though. Iíll update when I have another sitting next to me.
Hammy78 (903) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up in Madison, Wi. Pours a super dark brown, virtually black, with about a finger of khaki head and layers of lacing. Nose is a perfect blend of hops, and a touch of malt. Tastes quite sweet and a mix of both pine and citrus hop bitterness. Really good.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle served in a FFF pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown with some dark ruby/blood orange hues around the edges where the light hits. A one finger light khaki head forms on the pour and stick around for a while and leaves some splotchy, sticky lace down the glass.
S: I definitely get some citrus hops in the nose balanced out with a caramel malt backbone and some light chocolate as well. Itís a nice smell, but definitely different.
T: Definitely a different taste. Quite the maze of flavors. Biscuit malts with some light toffee and cocoa. The citrus hops come through in the very end with a finish of slight bitterness. Tastes more like a blend of beer.
M: Between medium and light bodied with great carbonation. Very drinkable with a bitter finish.
O: Not too bad. I felt the flavor profiles were sort of fighting for dominance with the hops just squeaking out a victory. I still donít know what to think of this "Black IPA" style.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-17-2011
Ericular (867) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a good size frothy head and good lacing. Aroma is pine, light roasted malts and caramel around the edges, earthy, and citrus hops -- really complex and enjoyable. Taste is a pretty good balance between sweet, lightly roasted malts and a moderately bitter lingering hop finish. Thereís nothing mind blowing about the taste, instead itís reserved and balanced. Palate is medium bodied but finishes a little dry. Decent example of the style. Aftertaste is great.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Cocoa brown in appearance with ruby edges and a strong off-white cap that leaves a few sheets of lace down the sides of the glass.
The aroma bursts out of the glass with roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and grapefruit citrus notes.
Each sip starts with a dark, unsweetened chocolate flavor, some coffee, and a generous amount of roasted malt. It is moderately dry from the start. Later on, the sip turns juicy when a strong grapefruit hop presence comes through. The finish is fairly bitter, with enough hops to make me forget all about the dark roasted beginning.
There is a gentle stickiness to each sip. A creamy carbonation retains enough aggressiveness to wash my tongue clean after each sip. The body is right in the middle of the spectrum.
I definitely enjoy black IPAís, and this is a well made example of the style. Easily drinkable and something I would definitely have again.
dlbeer (845) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour. Smell citrusy. Tastes sweet with bitter finish. Very smooth mouth feel. Excellant black IPA.