dreadnord (1014) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks thin, pours black with a small off white head. Nose is pine, chocolate and cereal. Rich. Taste is a a bit metallic up front, heavy bitterness on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, light body with a long finish.
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BMMillsy (974) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Pours black with little to no head. Aroma of hops and some roasted malt. Nice up frot bitterness that fades into a mellow roasted porter-like flavor. Solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GMCC2181 (1481) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from/shared SWolf! Monster foamy head on this mofo... Nose of roasted malts with a nice hop presence. Taste is mild for a black IPA... Little roasted malts...slight hop presence, but not bitter. Kind of spicy or peppery. Medium body, on the lighter side. Overall: Enjoyable
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael!
The beer is brown and somewhat hazy, with 1/4" of head and minimal lacing. The aroma brings alcohol, roast, licorice and hops. The flavor is decent enough, but I find the hop character lacking presence. Licorice and roast are the primary flavors, with notes of earth and pine in there as well. I’m not even sure that I would have identified this beer as a black IPA, had I not known. A decent brew, but not something I would seek out again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-11-2011
BrownALEx (200) - Portland, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Mostly bread on the nose with some roasty malts. Pours a deep black, with a huge frothy head. Great lacing. Very bitter but very balanced. The 7.2% is well hidden. Medium body that has a stout like quailty in the finish. This is a very good beer, I would probably would have giving it a higher rating had I had it in the cold winters here in Michigan. Maybe I’ll rerate this one later.
DialSquare (2051) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Jolly Pumpkin cafe in Ann Arbor. Sparse notes: murky brown, not ashy as most BIPA’s, floral, burnt malt, coffee, citrus, astringent bitter, 6.6
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Bold, bitter, and balanced. All good qualities to have in an ipa, dark or light. Pour was nice and full, with a beige cream head, and a dark black, medium thick appearing body. Aroma and flavors are quite comparable. Maybe would want just slightly more strength from the nose. Notes of toasted coffee, earth, and mixed fruity and herbal hop. Again, well balanced, a tasty bitterness, and medium bodied. Not too bad.
umich03jm (1333) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft. Pours a dark black color with a thick light beige head that lingers a while. Aroma of pine, citrus, roasted malt, and a little chocolate. Taste is ok. Very dry and roasty. Hops don't taste fresh though. Leaves a slightly unpleasant taste in the finish. Disappointing but still not bad.
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wmubronco1992 (565) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black. Huge light tan head. Reminded me of a rootbeer float. Excellent retention. Plenty of lacing. Aroma of pine. Flavor is of bitter roast. Mouthfeel is of of dry roast. Definitely a heavier IPA. Decent Black IPA, but probably would have left a better impression on me in January or February then on a warm summer evening.
keepersj12 (2460) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My thoughts may be a bit off from my peers. Pours a dark, almost black with a big tan head. The aroma has a lot of malt with some chocolate and coffee. The flavor follows with s long finish.