sudsmeister (75) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bt the time I got this 4 pack of 12 ouncers home, they were at a great temperature to drink (50ish). It poured a thick opaque with big head which settled slowly. The first thing to jump out was the cocoa, then the hops; an interesting one-two punch that was very enjoyable. The alcohol was well hidden. I hope to pick up another 4 pack before itís gone for the season. Great stuff!
teddybeer (3397) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Thanks to MatSciGuy]. 12fl. oz. bottle. Black colour with a nice formation of an tan head, medium lasting. Aroma is slighty toasty and strong hoppy. Flavour has toasted malts notes with hints of licorice, bittery. The final is strong bittery with a good duration. Carbonation is medium. Texture is slightly oily. Body is medium to high.
gururyan (719) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh man, what an exceptional double black! I have a new favorite black and Iím expecting this to be the one to beat on this trendy season. I hope this gets into regular rotation beyond the trendy black season. Well done!!
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. Iím really enjoying this. It is probably the best black IPA Iíve had to date.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, 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 (3745) - 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 (1673) - 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.