shrubber85 (6509) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Coffee malt, orange, and grapefruit peel/pine hops aroma - tough to put a finger on - seems to change with each sniff. Opaque brown with large tan head. Sweet dark chocolate/coffee malt and pine hops flavor. Light ash and black pepper finish. Excellent blending. Great beer.
drowland (5688) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/27/13. Enjoyed on tap while walking around the Downtown Market. Almost black pour, nice khaki head. Nice aroma, some ash, coffee, and chocolate with a small dose of citrus hoppiness. Nicer flavor, good balance of dark, roasted malts and citrus hop burst. Tasty!
ClassyBeagle (291) - USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. From notes, July 26, 2012.
A: Rich roasted malts and some hoppy goodness. Roast, dark chocolate, nice piney and citrus hops, and maybe some coffee in the background.
A: Poured a pitch black with a massive two-finger head that was fairly light in color.
T: Dark roasted malt and pine and citrus zest hops up front. The aftertaste brings about cocoa and coffee ground flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness in the middle before the cocoa and coffee flavors kick in that slowly fades after each sip.
P: Medium carbonation, dry finish, active carbonation.
O: A decent but largely unexciting Black IPA. Maybe a little astringent, but a really good mix of a bitter ipa and a slightly roasted stout.
arventresca (512) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Duckworths. Black in appearance. Creamy offering. A perfect balance of the styles.
hman43 (156) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It is a blend of chocolate, citrus, raisins, and grapefruit in the aroma. It is black with a medium brown head. It has a strong coffee flavor with medium bitterness. There is also grapefruit with other citrus flavors. There is also a hint of raisins.
574deadzone (759) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a rocky khaki head that descends to a ring and leaves some stringy lace. Nose involves fresh evergreen and mint hop notes along with roast coffee and some cream. Fairly sweet and fairly bitter. Medium bodied, oily, with a toasty and hoppy bitter finish. A nice black IPA, definitely roast forward but not too much so, with a nice complimentary hop profile.
DrSilverworm (4015) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, thanks to DanielCoor. Bottle says best before 8/13. Shared with friends. Pretty much almost black color. Brown on the edges. Interesting nose. Kind of smokey, burnt sugars. Little dark chocolate. Light to moderate roast. Lightly citrusy, spicy hop, a good amount, contributes a nice bitter taste. Minimal sweet. Bigger body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Enjoyable, smooth, easy drinking black IPA.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Growlers Pourhouse. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam. Slight pine note on the nose. A lot more pine sol on the tongue. Has a drying effect on the tongue with the finish. Solid!
Mora2000 (5137) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma is pine with some black malt. Flavor is roasted malt and pine. Very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
BMMillsy (962) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown into my tulip with large dark beige head. Roasted grain and pine abound from the nose with some raisins and grapefruit mixed in. Nice crisp hops up front with a surprise chocolate flavor. Lingering roasted flavor. Thr hop-to-chocolate profile here borders on porter. But too much bite for that. Pretty rich but maintains a crsipness through medium-strong carbonation and finishes dry. I think this is very well done, and I am pretty mixed on black IPAs. I would drink this again for sure.
arkurzynski (1290) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from JCB. Dark brown-black pour with creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet floral pine and citrus with cocoa, brown sugar, nutty toasted malt, and mild roast. Flavor is a sharp, dry citrus rind bitterness with faint nose of roasted malt. Medium body. Long, dry, bitter finish with light coffee. Flavor profile is somewhat one-dimensional