hman43 (360) - 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.
NeoHippie2 (1044) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Black pour with a khaki head. Grassy and piney hop aromas abound. Flavor is bone dry overly hopped stout. Take this review with a grain of salt I don’t care for black ipas. This just comes across as an unbalanced stout to me.
woodychevy (390) - - MAY 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bomber. Pours black and opaque with a decent sized khaki head. Nice roasted malt aroma- smoky, chocolate, earth, coffee. Taste is the same and it drinks like it means it. Mouthfeel is pretty slick and full- almost drinks more like a stout but tons of hops pretty much negate that feeling quickly. Nice bitterness to it. Like a happy marriage of stouts and IPA’s. Easy to sip on- could be a summer or winter beer. Clever.
Ferris (4526) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft - Grapefruit hops with no roast. Jet black with a rich beige head. Big overpowering bitterness, grapefruit and roast. Much too bitter.
Strykzone (5009) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flight at Sunny Point. Black with red. A blotchy beige head. I smell earth with rich malts andspicy hops. Oniony hops, dammit. I don’t like oniony hops. I am pretty much gone after noting the hops. My loss.
deyholla (6746) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a near clear dark brown with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of earthy grass and dark grains as well as a pine bitterness. Flavor has more pine and resin with a creamy dark grain backing.
drowland (6100) - 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 (319) - 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 (564) - 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.
574deadzone (1061) - 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.