sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a minimal tan head. Nose is toffee, malt, and a bit of citrus. Flavor is toffee and coffee, but with a berry or citrus sweetness you get with some milder blends. There is no trace of the 9.5% ABV. The hops, on the other hand, are apparent and add a bit of a bite that is very enjoyable. Great mouthfeel. I’m really enjoying this. It is probably the best black IPA I’ve had to date.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. Aroma of dark, roasty, lightly sweet malts and piney, earthy, citric hops, with notes of black bread, faint chocolate, toffee, grapefruit and a certain floral, musky perfume in the background. A little hard to pin down, but pleasant enough. Deep, dark brown in color, fairly solid and nearly black, with a lasting, fine, light tan head. Flavor profile is very gently sweet and hoppy up front, turning drier and far more bitter thereafter, with a roasty, malty tone throughout and a brief glimpse of fiery alcohol at the finish. Plenty of effervescence on the palate, which is slick, resinous and drying, body is plenty full. The lingering impression is pretty much exactly as advertised, a fairly gigantic Double IPA with about a gazillion IBUs and a lightly roasty, chocolate and almost smoky malt character. Really pretty enjoyable, I have gone through a couple of 4-packs of this already.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to mar.
Deep black brew with some tan head. Lovin the nose - roasted malt, pine and citrus hops, and a little chocolate. More chocolate in the flavor with some nuttiness.
Steve_0 (3424) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep, deep brown with a nice light brown head. Smells of char, coffee, chocolate, pine, and resin. Sweet and smooth, with tastes of chocolate, coffee, and a nice hoppy resin finish. Very smooth and enjoyable. A great black IPA.
JPDurden24 (1661) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a nice creamy tan head and some nice lacing. Malty aroma with some citrus hops. Taste is caramel malts with a little dark fruity flavor and citrusy. One of my faces, enjoy this Double Black IPA.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours fairly black...very small tan head. Smells of roasted nuts with some hops. Mostly tastes like a mild IPA...you can barely get a sense of the roasted nuts in the taste that you get in the nose. A likable IPA, but not as complex or interesting as most black IPAs I've had.
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. Pours a deep brown with a very frothy looking light tan head.
Very interesting aroma, nice balance between hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Defiantly some sweet tobacco, and roasty coffee bean aroma.
Nice flavor, it is defiantly an IPA. A lot of black IPAs are too sweet IMO but this defiantly is dominated by bitter flavors not to say the malty sweetness is not there. Medium body with a carbonation on the high side of medium.
MadRobin (2414) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque brown black with creamy 1 finger head & excellent lacing.
Aroma of citrusy hops and dark chocolate malts. Some pine and fruit complete a complex aroma mix.
Flavor is much the same but the maltiness is more pronounced.
Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.
Excellent brew. Alcohol stays well hidden.
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Errl (2174) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to mar, Pour is a black with cream head, Nose is pine, hops, caramel, citrus,wet wood, roasty..Taste is pine, malts, caramel, coffee, hops..Palate is dark, and hoppy..alcohol is well hidden, such a solid black IPA.
jtclockwork (11057) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Aaron. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of cocoa, pine, resin, grassy citrus and lightly toasted black malt. Medium body.