KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour was a dark chestnut brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown rocky head that diminished slightly to a foamy residue which had great longevity and some awesome lacing.
The aroma was of a dark bread malt, pine hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of toffee, dark fruit, coffee and licorice.
The taste was a bitter malty with a hint of licorice and dark fruit at first and then a nice bitter sweet hoppy flavor set in with a note of roasted coffee at the end. The flavor stuck around for quite a long time after the swallow with the taste of the pine hops left to linger on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was strong medium in body and a tad oily in texture with a mild carbonation.
Overall a bold and hoppy Black IPA with just the right amount of sweetness thus creating a perfect balance of flavors in this exceptional brew.
nathan30533 (774) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Incredible black ipa. I received this beer via a beer trade and they guy stated it was one of his staples. Very different from any other black ipa I ever had. Malty and well balanced. Very tasty.
sunevdj (3311) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bangerís, Austin. Pours an opaque black with a small off-white head. Sweet with floral hops aromas plus hints of spruce. Also aromas of burned caramel. Soft carbonation. Medium to full bodied.
bhoffman_5 (7) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 25, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great brew, but could be hoppier as the bitterness leaves the palate. Very good brew.
rougeau13 (2081) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark dark dark with a milk shake-ish cream colored head. Thick tons of lacing. Super smooth. Super fruity. Super piney. Superb.
johnnymusky (408) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
holy crap oídell again you have knocked one out of the park this shit is delicious...black as hell nice head...great hop nose and mouth....no alcohol taste....flippin great showing.... wow!!!!!!
SG111 (304) - New York, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with frothy white/tan head and lacing. Aroma is orange, lemon little bit of lime, not much roasted malt character but definitely a biscuit bready maltiness. Flavor is hop forward with a definite very prevalent roasted malt character. Really awesome balance. Little bit of chocolate and coffee as well. Some lemon peel and citrus present. Hop and a little bit of coffee bitterness. Awesome.
CanIHave4Beers (3428) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy of a kind soul... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours basically black with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma has some light licorice and roast, but it basically focused around piney and citrus forward hoppiness.
The flavor is decently dry with a light roast character. The hoppiness is bracing on this one with lots of fruit and a little pine. Itís got a low-moderate level of bitterness & the booze level is pretty well controlled.
Double Black IPA is silly to me, but this is good.
markducommun (259) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, mahogany brown. Light tan head. Light molasses, some floral aromas, light pine. Some alcohol on the nose. Fairly bitter, rounded out by a moderate sweetness. Fairly long, acidic finish. Medium body, some carbonation. Good.
MrBeerFanatic (900) - Friona, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark caramel color with thick creamy head with great retention. Big aromas of pine/citrus, slight pineapple, chocolate and coffee. Flavors of pine and chocolate upfront, slight earthy/herbal hops and a slight blend of caramel. More on the hop side but has a big malt backbone. Medium to high sweetness with a medium bitterness. On the sweet side all around but the hops poke their heads above it all to make a strong presence. One of the more enjoyable beers Iíve had in a while.
stephenj007 (115) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle pour, chestnut brown, with a thin, tan head. Notes of roasted, sweet malts, and mild pine and spice. Tastes are more along the lines of a hoppy lager I think. There is a bit more sweet notes than hop notes going on here. Also, I notice the presence of some oak and maybe bourbon notes? Similar to barrel aging? Maybe itís just the high abv throwing me off here (9.5%). The palate is heavy, and a bit sticky.
A very good, winter style brew as advertised. The warmth from the alcohol is nice, and the full body tastes / aromas are enjoyable.
Just not sure if this fits all the way into the IPA category, but certainly hits the "double black" labeling!