scoth (452) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours inky brown, completely black and opaque in the glass, with a big tan head, very fine clinging lacing. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, toffee, coffee,
and toast. Medium-full body, zesty and dry. Mild sweetness, then a tiny bit crisp, medium-strong bitter finish. A big, complex brew. Excellent.
berrya785 (437) - Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 On tap 1/19/2013. Appearance is dark brown with a thin frothy head and little lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine with plenty of malt character too. Taste starts off malty and sweet with a nice bready flavor and then a great hoppy grapefruit character with little bitterness. Excellent black IPA.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark brown. Lots of head. Nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Hoppiness is strong without a ton of bittering on the palate. Really enjoyable brew.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled--once i got the cork out it poured dark brown with tight lasting head. aromas of toast, pine and citrus rind. flavors are similar. it is moderately bitter with hop presence. medium bodied black ipa with a lingering sense of hops and burnt malt. pretty decent beer.
Ericular (385) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown with a thick beige head thatís frothy and long lasting with great lacing. Aroma is a great mix of roast and IPA, running the gamut from chocolate and caramel malts to tropical fruity hops. Taste is malt and alcohol up front, giving way to resiny hops that sustain some bitterness, eventually letting some roastiness through in the end with a faint bready malt aftertaste. Palate is smooth and thick, creamy with a dry finish. More hops than roast here, but overall it works out well. Alcohol is evident but not out of place. Not bad at all!
fiercepanda (385) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A black beer with a red tinge and a small beige head. The aroma is fruit and pine hops, very nice. The flavor starts with roasted malt flavor and ends with very good fruity and pine hops characteristics. Very enjoyable.
natejgood (384) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I hadnít seen this other than in a bomber, but my local shop now has it in 12 oz 4 packs. Pours a clear dark brown with a large beige head that goes down slowly. Smells of floral hops with just a hint of sweet malt and molasses. Hops followed by fairly sweet malts and molasses, as would be expected from the aroma. Very easy drinking and just a bit syrupy in the mouth. Just a bit sweeter than I would like, so I think it could use a tad more hops to cut the sweetness. That said, this is a very good beer and itís nice to have it in 12 oz bottles.
DWestrick (383) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome imperial black ipa. The new standard IMO. Excellent complexities that packs a punch world class
budznsudz (378) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
As far as Black ipaís go, this is the pinnacle. It pours deep brown/black with very little head but a fair amount of lacing nonetheless. The smell is roasted grain, light citrus, and caramelized sugar. The taste is brilliant. Thereís a beautiful porter like depth balanced with crisp refreshing hops that come together like magic. Until I find a superior black ipa, this one will remain an almost perfect score for me.
Experiment_Ale (376) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
At Odell. Pours black small head. Aroma is thin, earthy hops. Taste is earthy dirt hops malt.