ads135 (2340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is easily one of the best black IPAs I’ve ever had. Pine and a bit of citrus in the hop profile, but with an amazing roasted malty underbelly. Got this one from Josh and tried with Jay in Dec. 2012.
arkotramathorn (41) - Eau Claire, USA - JUL 4, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a blackish burgundy with a light tan sticky head. Aroma is very inviting, almost sweet smelling hoppy aroma with almost no scent of bitterness. A very nicely balanced taste, the maltiness is perfectly in line with the brightness of the hops. It ends just a little toasty.
Rated highly because of how surprised I was by it.
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with big, foamy, tan head / Bright nose of weed, cut pine, and citrus / Medium body, chewy, big hops but creamy and smooth, lots of fruit body, with excellent balance and bitter finish / Flavors of weed, cut pine, cream, orange, toast, and grapefruit / A terrific black ipa.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Originally reviewed: 1/30/12. Pours a dark Cola-like ruddy black with light edges. Inch worth of beige head on top, of the creamy sort, leaving gobs of lace in its wake. The nose on this beer is phenomenal! Aromas of pine needles, citrus, faint whisps of roast, damp trail. I dipped my nose in, and it never wanted to leave.
Nice hefty body holds up well with the ABV and bitterness. Carbonation is moderately low, which is no complaint. This being a fall-release, I was a little worried that this beer lost too much of its character. I never had this one "off the press," but I find it hard to believe it was much better than it is now, because this was fantastic. Big hoppy flavors abound. Sharp and flavorful. Semi-sweet finish. Mild dark maltiness noted, but the hops take over. Superb beer.
574deadzone (759) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep dark brown/red (black) with a sizable rocky, tight-bubbled khaki head that leaves lots of clingy, soapy lace. Nose is nice and complex: lots of dank pine, deep grapefruit and orange, some chocolate, some sweet caramel, molasses, just a great combo of sweeter malt and big juicy, sticky hops. The taste is nice and bitter, but very well balanced by the sweetness. Palate is medium bodied, tingly, with a very long bitter hop finish. A seriously stellar black IPA, about as clean (non-roasty or stouty) as I’ve had, prefect strength, just really enjoyable.
Albrechtam19 (2) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a great tasting dark beer with a coffee flavor. one of my favorite beers when relaxing at home.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of resiny hops, some citrussy hints, some roasted malt. Tastes sticky resiny pine with some bitter citrus and a spicy bite. As the beer warms, some roasty elements develop.
pcampbel (2) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good balance of flavors. Nice and hoppy with clear undertones of malt. Bitterness of hops blends nicely with the smooth malt taste. Extremely enjoyable, maybe would have liked a little more malt flavor though. Something I hope NG continues to produce.
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.
mediamarv (3) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice hops balance with malt flavors, satisfying finish. I had more than one and enjoyed the second one just as much. Curses that I can’t get this in CA on tap... not yet any way!